42 – Faerie: A New Perspective. Special Guest: Mike Baldwin

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Did the Good People ‘like’ our Ancestors more than they like us?

Our mission is to take a fresh look at the Good People, who they are, why they do the things they do and what they think of us.

Usually, we tackle this challenge head-on but over the next 4 weeks I’d like to take a wee step sideways, to glimpse the Good People from a different perspective.

Over the next 4 episodes, we are joined by Mike Baldwin, author of the new book ‘Mizen: rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south west’.


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Our special guest: Author Mike Baldwin

Mike transports us back to a time when sightings and encounters with the Good People were commonplace. When their constant presence was accepted.

When folk shared their experiences with the Good People openly, unashamedly, with family and neighbours, those they trusted.

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Why was their relationship with the Good People so different to ours?

Could it be our communities and lifestyles moved in harmony with the Good People?

Or did the Good People just ‘like’ us more back then?

Hmmm, so if we changed our ways, simplified our lives, lived closer to the natural world, would interaction between us and the Good People become commonplace again?


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Blaskets people carrying down one of the curraghs to the water in order to put the cow in it‘. From duchas.ie County Kerry, 1935.

But… first things first! Mike shares tales from his own family and their encounters with the Good People and describes the way they lived, their habits, festivals, superstitions and much more.

All this has left me wondering if, by better knowing our Ancestors, we might better understand the Good People. Will you join me?


We are giving away FOUR copies of Mike’s wonderful new book ‘Mizen: Rescued folklore, histories and songs from Ireland’s south-west’.


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Take a sneak peek of Mike’s book here: Mizen: Rescued Folklore

Podcast Credits

Edited by: Magic Dan

Guest Presenter: Mike Baldwin.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music: ‘Spancil Hill’ written by Michael Considine (1850-1873). Performed by The Dubliners.

‘Wooden Legs’ by David and Goliath.
‘Fiddles McGinty’ by Kevin Macleod.
‘Nu Flute’ by Kevin Macleod.

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