83 – The Faerie Hawthorn Tree

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by Margaret Tarrant.

There are countless Hawthorn Trees all over Ireland.

So often old, gnarled and solitary: at a glance, we might easily dismiss the significance of this unassuming tree.

But, dig a little deeper and we find they are a well known stomping ground of the Good People.

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by Arthur Rackham.

Indeed, many’s the time the Good People are seen or heard dancing and playing music at the base of a Hawthorn.

On this week’s episode we share true tales of people who have interfered or damaged a Hawthorn Tree.

We discover reprisals which are as harsh as they are swift: the Good People rarely forgive those who harm their beloved Hawthorn Trees.

But this tree means more to the Good People than just their preferred place to hang-out.

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by Arthur Rackham.

Is it possible the Hawthorn Tree is key to the health, well-being and longevity of the Good People?

Join Kitty to find out!


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Podcast Credits. hawthorn tree 3

Edited by Magic Dan.

Lady Wilde quotes from ‘Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland’ by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde, 1887.

Tales from duchas.ie

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Additional Music:
‘Old Soul’ by Jonny Easton.
‘Cloudy’ by Vladimir Khrobystov.
‘Forest of Lament’ and ‘Forest of the Elves’ by Jonathan Segev.
‘Ambient bells and chimes’ by Royalty Free Music – Unroyalty.

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