Spirit of Place – Dingle Peninsula

This experience shared by Nicole really resonated with me on account of my own inexplicable experiences in the West of Ireland. Experiences which continue to inspire me to this day.

Nicole shares her deeply moving account of feeling a connection to Spirit of Place. Cheers, Kitty.

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Your Podcast episode on Spirit of Place spoke to me, and experiences I had on my visit to Ireland two years ago in June of 2017.

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I was driving on the Slea Head Drive on Dingle peninsula. The weather on my trip had been for the most part, kind to me. There had been drizzles and a few showers, but generally pleasant weather.

This day it was raining like it meant it, water pouring from the sky with no stopping in sight. As I was driving, I noticed Clogher Head Car Park that looked over a lovely view of the ocean. I pulled over with the intention of sitting in the warm dry car and taking in the scenery and possibly poking my head out to take a few photos. rain puddle (2)

I was ready to leave, when I noticed what appeared to be a standing stone, off to the right.

I am not one who is afraid of a little rain and while I did not have rain gear, I had purchased a small inexpensive umbrella that I thought would service me well enough for a short exploratory walk.

I stepped out of the car and now realized just how hard it was raining, the west wind blowing it so hard that it made any attempt to stay dry under my poor excuse for an umbrella futile. Still, I was drawn to the stone and pressed on.

clogher head dingleWhen I reached the stone, it stood about six feet tall patches of lichen adorning it. It surrounded by a litter of stones that may have at one time been a circle but now just appeared to be randomly scattered on the land.

As I was about to head back to the dry warmth of my rented car, I noticed a foot warn path leading up a hill, and even though I was already quite wet I decided to see where the path led. mud path (2)

I began my walk up the hill holding my umbrella against the wind and rain with little effect. About half way up the hill, the wind suddenly shifted around and now coming from behind me. It first turned my umbrella inside out and then breaking it making it less than useless to battle the weather. Of course I thought, “Well, that is that, I should go back to the car” but the path continued to call me and I pressed on.

Those who have been on the west coast of Ireland know that the winds can be harsh on even the nicest of days, with rain for them to blow it is absolutely brutal. Small drops of water hitting you propelled by the wind turn into wet pellets shot from a gun.

The thought that I was crazy and should turn back returned to my mind over and over. Still , I kept making my way up the hill, cold and soaked to the skin. The top was in view now, and even with my goal so close, I kept thinking I should turn back.

I passed a pile of stones that I now believe was a cairn. The summit was just a short distance now and any thoughts of returning to my car had vanished. When I reached the top, I looked out over the ocean I could see the curve of the earth and felt as though I could see the whole world before me. I stood there and began to weep. I have no explanation why, nor can I fully describe the feeling that accompanied my tears.

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They were not tears of joy, nor is awe, grief as close as I can come to describing what I was feeling. I stayed for a while, crying with the rain, I don’t know how long I stayed, but at some point I went back down, and sat in the car, engine running heat blasting to warm as well as dry me.

To this day I have no idea what drove me to climb that hill in what was the worst weather of my trip. I feel that the tears I shed had something to do with the cairn, and the standing stone.

I have researched the area, written to various people and agencies to find out anything about what that place may have been in the past. I can find no record of the stone or the cairn anywhere. They are not even listed on the National Monuments Service website. After two years of research, no one seems to be able to help me and I still have no idea why I was driven to climb that hill, why I wept there.

I can only guess, it was the spirit of the place.

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HB4116I would be happy to hear anyone’s thoughts on this experience, if they have had similar experiences in Ireland or elsewhere or even just speculation.

This has ‘haunted’ me since and any thing that might help me understand what happened and why would be welcome.

I have attached the picture of the standing stone I mention in my story.

Nicole.

 

Banshee in Arkansas

I had a Banshee encounter 6 years ago.

Grammy Pat and Papa Joe were the Godparents of my grandchildren. They were friends that were as close as blood. We had moved into Grammy Pat and Papa Joe’s house because we had lost our house to a flood and they were moving to Oklahoma.

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I like to sit on the porch early in the morning, especially in the fall and drink my coffee with my dog, Tala. This particular morning it was almost Dawn and the light was soft and pink.

We began to hear someone walking through the woods. Then it sounded like a woman wailing and moaning like she was in terrible pain. The sound was coming closer through the woods.

Tala started whining and pacing. Then she headed over to the door, frantically scratching at it to get in. I walked over and let her in.

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I stayed because I thought it was a vixen moving through the woods and I might get to see it. When I finally saw it, it white and humanish.

I freaked out because the word Banshee went through my mind. I ran in the house. My husband and son thought I had lost my mind. My husband said the noise was just a vixen.

I knew better.

I had seen it. Grammy Pat was killed in a head on car accident three days later.

And yes, both of our families have Irish and Scottish blood.

I swear that this a true story.

Carolyn

12 – Brief Encounters and The Benefits of Daydreaming when Faerie Spotting

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No, not that kind of ‘Brief’ encounter (although they are common too), Kitty is here to talk about fleeting meetings with the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

​Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old and clever, but can be terribly nosey. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they baffled by Brexit, or just set on spying? Should we fear them? ​

In this episode, Kitty looks at 3 brief encounters with the Good People and asks:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What do they really look like?

Would you recognise one if they were sat next to you on the train?

Or busking for coin on Main Street?

​We ponder why daydreaming is good for us and as always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.​

To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, or perhaps one handed down through your family, contact Kitty at:​

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

Instagram: Encounters with the Good People

Credits:

‘Fairytale of New York’ written by Jem Finer and Shane McGowan. Performed by Christy Moore from the album ‘Live at the Point’, 1994.

Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo

Additional Music: ‘Forest of Lament’ by Jonathan Segev

11 – Faerie Vengeance and Proof Tinkerbell is Soft

Leave thoughts of mercy at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the ruthless ways Faerie take revenge on Humans.

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Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be seriously opinionated.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Are we tempting their acts of revenge by breaking basic rules of decency?

Or do they just enjoy tormenting us?

Should we fear them?

When it comes to methods of revenge, we learn how the real Faerie kick Tinkerbell to the curb.

 

In this episode, Kitty ponders one more tale of Faerie Vengeance and establishes 3 easy to follow rules to minimise the chances of you falling foul of Faerie. But, there are no guarantees. Even those with good and earnest intentions can incur the wrath of the Good People.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

 

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

Instagram: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits:

Excerpt from ‘Dignity and Backbone’ by Luka Bloom. From the album ‘This New Morning’ – 2012.

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

Additional Music: ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ written by Tchaikovsky, performed by Kevin MacLeod.

Additional Music: ‘Carnival of the Damned’ by Jonathan Segev.

10 – Faerie Vengeance and Simple Rules to Avoid It

Leave your lingering doubts at the door, Faerie are vengeful.

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Kitty is here to talk about the real ways Faerie have taken revenge on Humans and whatsmore, identifies their favourite methods. Yes, they have their favourites!

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be seriously unforgiving.

They are all around us and watching, always watching. But what are they thinking:

Are they disappointed in our poor behaviour and simply trying to set us straight?
Can we ever meet their expectations?

Should we fear them?

In this episode, Kitty shares two cautionary tales of Faerie vengeance and identifies common things we do which infuriate them. We also ponder what we can do to avoid finding ourselves at the receiving end of a vengeful Faerie.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

Instagram: Encounters with the Good People

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Credits:

‘Hard times come again no more’ by Stephen Foster. Performed by Paolo Nutini and the Chieftains, from the album ‘Voice of Ages’, 2012.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Hidden Past’ by Kevin MacLeod.

9 – Leanan Sidhe: Vampiric Muse or Divine Messenger?

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Leave your teenage vampire love stories at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Leanan Sidhe of The Good People.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be really inspiring.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Can they relate to the vanity of our selfie generation or do they despair at our self-loving superficiality?

Do we irritate them, should we fear them?

In this episode, Kitty wonders if Leanan Sidhe’s interaction with Humans serves a higher purpose. Perhaps it’s about more than art!

So, bin all romantic thoughts of bloodsucking, we’re going to take a no nonsense look at how and why Leanan Sidhe have inspired Humans through the ages and ask:

Is she just a bloodthirsty vamp with a penchant for Human blood?
And does this explain why struggling artists are often pale, sickly and tormented?
Does she give inspiration to particular creative Humans out of lust or affection?

OR…

Is it possible Leanan Sidhe’s ‘gift’ benefits the Good People? Does her inspiration allow artistic Humans to relay profound thoughts/feelings on behalf of the Good People? Could our most extraordinary artists have acted as a conduit for the Faerie?

We will ponder what John Keats, Marvin Gaye, Christy Moore and John Lennon might have in common and celebrate Leanan Sidhe and the Good People in song and poem.

As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:

Email: glassonionstories@gmail.com 

Facebook: Encounters with the Good People

Instagram: Encounters with the Good People

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Excerpt from ‘La Belle Dame san Merci’ poem by John Keats. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ written by Marvin Gaye. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Imagine’ written by John Lennon.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Rainy Day’ by Jonathan Segev.

8 – Wee Pocket Podcast: 5 Old Tales of Changelings and Abductions

It’s Storytime! Sit back and relax as Kitty shares a few old tales of Faerie shenanigans, and proves that some attempts to abduct Humans do not go to plan…

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Listen to the tale of how an ordinary young man out for a walk managed to out trick the Faerie tricksters and save the son of a Lord.

Discover how one Mother learned the hard way that sometimes even a well placed pair of iron scissors cannot be relied upon to protect her baby from Faerie abductors.

Then there is the unusual tale of a Faerie mother who had her own baby stolen to act as Changeling and an account from a young boy who was abducted to live among the Good People for 4 years before being returned to his family.

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To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience on a visit to Ireland at:

glassonionstories@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

Credits:
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Backyard Chicken who just laid an egg.
Additional Music ‘Carnival of the Damned’ by Jonathan Segev

7 – Changelings and Abductions: Faerie Mischief or A Higher Purpose?

Leave your knocking knees at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Faeries: The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore sit guardian over our Natural World and are in feckin torment at the many ways we harm our environment. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed at our efforts to recycle, upcycle and downcycle or would they gladly send us all to landfill? Should we worry about what they might do?

In this episode, Kitty takes a realistic look at what motivated a loving Grandmother to employ a woman expert in Faerie Knowledge and remedies, to rid a sickly 4 year old boy of a ‘Faerie Changeling’. A fateful decision which resulted in the worst possible outcome.

Was this a case or murder, incompetence or absolute faith?

We ponder why some people daydream of being abducted by the Good People while others are terrified at the notion. abduct (2)

And wonder what do the Good People do with Humans they abduct.

Are we used to serve, or entertain, the Good People or, shock horror, is it possible they need us to reproduce?

Kitty throws a few new theories in the ring and asks if there is a higher purpose to these abductions?

Could it be a meeting of minds, the Good People seeking Humans out for to counsel or warn?

And as always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries.

To read more stories of encounters with the Good People, share your own story of an encounter, perhaps one handed down through your family, or just an unusual experience on a visit to Ireland at:

glassonionstories@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

Credits:
Excerpt from ‘The Land of Heart’s Desire’ by WB Yeats. Read by Giles.
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music by Kevin MacLeod