115 – Tales of the Headless Coach

Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just Ourselves
And… Immortality.”

– Emily Dickinson.


Michael, a listener in New York State, fondly recalls his Grandfather, also Michael, telling him tales of the Headless Coach when he was a young man.

In honour of his Grandfather, Michael has requested we share tales of the Headless Coach, also known as the Death Coach. This is a topic we pondered in an earlier episode, if you haven’t heard the episode or watched the video on YouTube, please look it up, I think you’ll enjoy it.

But today, let’s talk about when death comes calling in the form of a clattering black coach, drawn by headless horses and headless coachmen.

When the headless coach rumbles through town you best hope it doesn’t cross your path, or stop at your door…


by Thomas Maybank.


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by Iris Compiet.

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Podcast Notes

Edited by Magic Dan.

Tales from duchas.ie

‘Because I could not stop for death’ by Emily Dickinson.

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


Additional Music:
‘Wolf’s Lullaby’ by Vivek Abhishek.
‘Cornered’, ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘The Mystery’ by Myuu


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