Vampires Ireland

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The Source:

David Fitzgerald:
"Early Celtic History and Mythology"
in: "Revue Celtique" vol.VI
Vieweg, Paris, 1883

The Case:

"This tale has a parallel in an inedited Cork tradition of very archaic form. A sort of vampire was destroying the virgins of the country, and the young women were fast disappearing. A widow's daughter goes to the spot, an old church, where watch was to be kept. A tall white woman driving a cow enters, and instructs the girl how to behave in order to save her life. When the dead man comes up from below the hearth-stone the girl conciliates him, and offers to serve seven years for him in the other world. She is afterwards seven years in Hell, suffering cruel torment, except on Sundays. Released when her time is out she brings away with her, as her 'wages', all the souls that can hold on by her garment. Several holy personages meet her, and ask the souls of her, but she will not give them up : that was not the way she got them. At last Righ-an-Domhnaigh (Sunday's King) makes the like demand, and to him she hands over the souls, to be carried off to Heaven, in consideration of the relief she had had in Hell upon his day."

The Date:

All we can say is that the supposed happenings must have taken place before 1883 when the article was published.

The Place:

Cork, the 2nd largest town of Ireland, can be found on the Irish South coast.

Possible Follow-Up:

I am happy to admit that this is a most unlikely story. But Mr. Fitzgerald considers this to be "a sort of vampire" which is good enough for me. We could try to find further material about this tale.

2015 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed February 2015

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