Monday, May 18, 2015

Ireland Trip: 2 Good Ireland Ghost Books!

In early May we enjoyed a great vacation in Ireland and toured the country starting in Dublin, going west to Galway and counter-clockwise back to Dublin. During the trip we enjoy a couple of good books about ghosts in the country. So, if you enjoy ghost stories, history or are even a bit Irish (and who isn't on March 17th?), these are well worth reading.

1)  Haunted Ireland - Haunting Tales from an Ancient Land – 2014
by David Pritchard (Author), Brian Murphy (Editor)

ROB'S TAKE ON THIS:  This book was perfect as a tour book, because it had short, to the point stories about the ghosts in various locations. The locations were named (castles, houses, etc.) with the county, and there were also pictures that showed the place,making it easy to find and identify. This book also identifies the different entities: Ghosts, Banshees (female ghosts that appear and sing or scream to mark someone's passing in the near future), Fairies, Pookas (supernatural animals), and witches.

BOOK SUMMARY: Without doubt most of us are fascinated by paranormal events and hauntings. Ireland is a very rich country for those interested in the Supernatural, and stories about ghosts and other inexplicable happenings abound. Because of this, the problem when trying to offer an overview of the subject is not what to include but what to leave out. This book covers a wide range of supernatural phenomena, many of which, for example banshees and fairy murders, are particularly Irish and derive from our Celtic heritage; others, such as ghosts and vampires, we share with many other human societies. Within these pages are tales of forewarnings of death, phantoms, witches and other alleged visitations from the World beyond our World. Some are well documented by eye-witness accounts, while others probably need to be taken with a large pinch of salt. But whether set in castle, cottage or dark forest, we hope that they will provide some insight into Ireland's supernatural heritage.

2) Irish Ghost Stories 
by Padraic O'Farrell (Author), Kate Shannon (Illustrator)
ROB'S TAKE ON THIS:  This book was filled with stories that the author source from three places. He interviewed people he knew, which made for interesting and unique stories.  compiled from newspaper stories in the 1800s, or provided his own take on a couple of the more well-known ghost stories. What's sad is that the author had just approved the proofs of this book and passed away.  

BOOK SUMMARY: There are many well-known Irish ghost stories and Padraic O Farrell tells some of them in this book. He has, however, leaned heavily on the side of lesser-known tales; most of them previously unpublished.
    Celebrated people have had strange experiences. This book includes those of the actor Miche√°l MacLiamm√°ir and of playwright and author Hugh Leonard (Jack Keyes Byrne). The Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley, has acknowledged the presence of a ghost named Isabella in his Castlehyde home near Fermoy, County Cork. Oliver St John Gogarty also believed in ghosts.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next