6 – Changelings and Abductions​: Human Hysteria or Faerie Intervention?

Leave your magic mushrooms 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 are old and clever, but can be terribly tricksy.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.​

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed at how we raise our children, or think they could do it better?

Should we fear them? ​

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In this episode, Kitty bins the moral judgement and shares a true story of a Tipperary woman who was killed by her husband and father in an attempt to rid her body of a ‘Faerie Changeling’ and asks:

Were claims of ‘Faerie Changelings’ a form of mass hysteria?​
Did they mask a darker truth: murder?​
Or were they genuine cases of Faerie intervention in Human lives?​

We ponder the poem of a Human girl abducted by the Good People 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:

‘The Fairy Child’ by Lord Dunsaney
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music by Kevin MacLeod

5 – Faerie Guardian Dogs: The Faerie Dog who Saved the Day

Leave your collar and lead at the door, Kitty is here to talk about Faerie Dogs of The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and unpredictable. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Do they want to be our new best friend or is their bite worse than their bark? Should we fear them?

In this episode, Part Two of Faerie Dogs, Kitty bins the science fiction and tries hard not to be sentimental (but I love dogs!) to take a fresh, open-minded look at Faerie Dogs and ponders…wolfhound4 (3)

How do Guardian Faerie Dogs know when we’re in danger?

Can they read our thoughts?

Is it safe to touch one?

To get to the bottom of this and more, Kitty looks at personal encounters with Guardian Faerie Dogs, shares the story of a Faerie Dog who saved a young girls life and discovers they are feistier than you might think.

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

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Credits:
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music, ‘Cryptic Sorrow’ by Kevin MacLeod.
Additional Music, ‘Red Haired Boy’ by Edie Murphy.

4 – Faerie Dogs: Friends or Foe? – Black Shucks and Hellhounds

Leave your chewed slippers at the door, Kitty is here to talk about Faerie Dogs of The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be terrifying. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed at they way we care for our animals or is their bite worse than their bark?

Should we fear them?

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In this episode, Part One of ‘Faerie Dogs’, Kitty bins the science fiction and tries hard not to be sentimental (but I love dogs!) to take a fresh, openminded look at Faerie Dogs and ponders…

Are they really demonic?

Do they kill Humans for fun?

What of those dogs who guard and protect Humans?

To get to the bottom of this and more, Kitty looks at personal encounters with Faerie Dogs over history and discovers just how wildly varied they are.

Could there be many kinds of Faerie Dog, or just the one with a terrible case of split personality?

And, she shares the story of her own encounter with a Faerie Dog.

We enjoy a joke with 9 ½ fingered Irish Comedian Dave Allen daveallen (2)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

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Credits:
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
‘The Leprechaun’ joke by Dave Allen. The Dave Allen Show – 1976.

 

Vision of Banshee

My Mam was diagnosed with cancer which devastated us. cottage

My daughter, 9 years old, myself and my mother. We had lost so many to that dreaded disease that we had thought it had finished with our family.

My daughter and I stayed with Mam in a lovely bungalow beside the sea. We became her carers, with help from official NHS carers and as luck would have it, this being a small town, we knew the carer.

She became part of our little family as we helped Mam battle against the disease which wanted to take her away from us.

I’ve always believed in the good folk from an early age and told my daughter about them too.

So, one night we were all asleep when something woke my sixth sense, (don’t know what else to call it) and although my body stayed in bed I was aware of walking through to the living room.

I could hear my Mam talking but no one replying as I went through the door.

banshee8 (2)Standing in the middle of the room was a tall being all dressed in white with long grey hair.

She wasn’t quite solid and as she noticed I was there she turned and her face lengthened and her mouth and jaw opened far too wide for my liking.

I became frightened and started to say the Lord’s Prayer to the four corners of the room, as you do and I found myself back in my body and wide awake. I ran through to the living room.

It was empty, my Mam was sleeping.

Upon thinking about it, I apologise to the lady as I realised she was our banasidhe and was preparing Mam for the journey she was going to take to the Summerlands.

As I think back now, I feel blessed that I saw her and also feel safe that she is around us.

 Adele.

3 – Banshee: Harbinger of Death or Spiritual Companion?

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Leave your Ghost stories at the door, Kitty is here to talk about Banshee of The Good People, The Wee Folk or the Sidhe.

Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be really shrieky. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking? Are they impressed by our social-influencing or are they unfriending us? Should we fear them?

In this episode, Kitty bins the hysteria to take a fresh, compassionate look at the most misunderstood of all Faerie: Banshee

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Who is she really?

Why does she suffer so?

Does it matter what she looks like?

Can she really follow Irish families to America?

To get to the bottom of this and more, Kitty discusses 3 very different accounts of Banshee.

We celebrate Banshee and the Good People in song and poem 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:

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

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Credits:
‘The Banshee’ poem by Alice Guerin Crist (1876-1941). Read by Eoin.
‘The Reel in the Flickering Light’ song by Christy Moore from the album ‘Ordinary Man’ – 1985.
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music, ‘Heavy Heart’ by Kevin Macleod.

2 – Ireland, Ancestral Memory and Thin Places

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Leave your wands and magic potions 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 are old, clever and can be beautiful.

They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Are they impressed by our cyber-modernity or are they quietly simmering with irritation?

In this episode, Kitty brushes away the glitter-dust and bins the stigma to take a fresh, open-minded look at Faerie and asks:wistful (2)

 

What is so special about Ireland that Faerie have made it their home?

Are descendants of Irish emigration more likely to encounter a Faerie?

Are Thin Places for real?

Kitty shares the story of an Ulster teenager who stumbled upon Faerie and lived to tell the tale.

 

 

We celebrate Ireland in song and poem 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:

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

www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

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Credits:
‘This Land is Your Land’ song by The Waterboys. Fisherman’s Blues – 1988
‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ poem by WB Yeats. Read by Michael Gambon.
‘Thousands are Sailing’ song by Phil Chevron (The Pogues) from ‘Bringing it all Back Home’ – 1991.
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.

1- The Good People: What are they thinking and Should we fear them?

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Leave your Tinkerbells and Leprechauns 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 are old, clever and can be treacherous. They are all around us and watching, always watching.

But what are they thinking?

Are they impressed by our touchscreen technology or do they curse our lack of enlightenment?

Should we fear them?

Here at ‘Encounters with the Good People’ we are going to find out.

In this episode Kitty brushes away the glitter-dust and bins the stigma to take a fresh, open-minded look at who the Faerie really are; ponders why our society is choosing to dismiss Faerie Folklore.

We celebrate Faerie in poem and song and 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:

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

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Credits:
‘The Stolen Child’ poem by WB Yeats. Read by Michele.
‘The Stolen Child’ poem by WB Yeats. Song by The Waterboys. Fisherman’s Blues – 1988.
Theme Music, ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.

28 – Manx Faerie

Manx Faerie

The Isle of Man, an unassuming little island sitting in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. A picturesque holiday location full of character and charm.

But, look at little closer and you will find this modest island is anything but ordinary, in fact, it boasts a great many things:
Fascinating history – √
Rich culture – √
Rugged coastlines – √
Medieval castles – √
Abundance of Faerie activity – √

In this episode, Kitty shares the recent, and terrifying, experience of an Englishman John, while hiking in the woodland of the Isle of Man. You can see John’s photos of this strange creature here: https://faerieofireland.com/2019/07/19/faerie-photos-on-the-isle-of-man-john-hall/

We also take a look the most feared of all Good People to dwell on the Isle of Man: the Buggane. Grotesque, destructive, and sometimes headless. This fella is best avoided altogether, but Kitty shares a few tips on what to do if you are unfortunate to cross paths with this Manx beast.

And don’t forget to get your name into the draw to win a brand new and autographed copy of Ronan Coghlan’s book ‘The Fairy Realm’.

Draw closes Friday 9th August 2019.

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As always, Kitty encourages keeping an open mind and reminds you it’s okay to believe in the Good People.

Contact Kitty at:
glassonionstories@gmail.com

For lots of Faerie ideas, insights, facts and fun, be sure to check in daily at Kitty’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
www.facebook.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

and

www.instagram.com/encounterswiththegoodpeople

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Podcast Credits:
‘Manx Fairy Tales’ by Sophia Morrison. 1910.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Cattails’ by Kevin MacLeod
‘Highland Castle’ by Darren Curtis
‘Harp Instrumental’ by Lion Free Music

The Faerie Fern Leaf

Lunathesun shares this tale of childhood encounters. An intriguing and sudden burst of Faerie activity which seemingly began with a guided mediation and a fern leaf… curiouser and curiouser. Read on…

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Hi this was my experience!

I was around 10 when this happened and it was actually in my house.

It all started when I found a video of a woman on youtube talking about her experience with faeries. She was talking about how they changed her life and actually started crying a bit talking about them. She later mentioned at the end of the video to visit her website. It was along the lines of ‘faeries are real’.

When I was at the website, the background looked like an old paper. Like the yellow ones you see in old books and it had fancy fonts and what not. It also mentioned that it was under renovations or something like that. fern girl (2)

In one link it said, ‘how to see faeries’. There it said a method that was written like a guided meditation. All I remember from it was visualizing a white ball that goes around the house cleaning all the bad energy and then the white ball enters your body to clean out the bad energy from you and then after comes out of your body and disperses after.

I know there was more to this but I can’t remember. Then I try finding the faeries, but it obviously didn’t work. I don’t remember how long it was until I finally got this incident but i would say in about a week.

So, one day my best friend came over we were playing in my living room. We were being kids and just running and jumping into the couch. At one point, my best friend gets up and there was a fern stuck on her lower back. I take it, confused because we were no where near any plants at the point and I didn’t see her come in with that plant. brownie2 (2)

Then I try to match it with any of the ferns in my house (which were only two of them). It matched none of them. I placed it on a tall dresser in my room in a vase. I thought it was weird, and so I forgot about it.

Then the next day I was sitting in the living room when a small elf (now I know it was was a brownie) like a foot tall ran in a zig zag line in my living room really quickly and ran under my legs and disappeared.

The next day I was going into the bathroom and I see a small orange orb floating around near my towels and I go quickly to it but it goes into my towel and disappears.

Then the next day, I’m coming out of the bathroom and on the crown molding that is in the middle of the wall that is right next to the bathroom, a blue stereotypical fairy is sitting in it.

It had blue hair and blue skin and wings. It also looked like it was watching my mom cook.

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However when I got near it, the fairy dove to the floor and the floor rippled like water. That was the craziest experience but that was my last.

The next day the fern that I placed on my dresser disappeared. I asked my mom if she took it and she said why would she take it.

It couldn’t have been my little brother because he was too short and my dad could care less. I searched for it but I couldn’t find it.

If anyone knows the website or video I’m talking about please let me know because I can’t seem to find it.

Thank you!

lunathesun – from Reddit

Faerie Spotting on the Isle of Man – John H.

A special treat here. John from Liverpool had a fascinating encounter with Faerie on the Isle of Man in 1994.

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John was visiting the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy – Annual Motorcycle Event) when he and a friend took a walk and found themselves in the middle of a very strange experience. You know me, I wanted details, details, details, so…

John has kindly put together some background information for us about the long-standing and lively Faerie activity on the Isle of Man, just to set the scene. 

This information is well worth the read, and will set you up nicely to visualize John’s own experience which follows. isle of man tt2

 

 

I hope you will enjoy. As for me, I’ve just added the Isle of Man to my ‘must visit’ list. Cheers, Kitty.

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The whole area from the main road junction to up the Glen and to Snaefell has a rich heritage of Folklore and associated phenomena so i’ll start the tour with a round up of witness events and sightings and locations.

If anyone visits the Isle of Man and has a some time to spend on an walk, this is a good stretch of the legs! To begin with to get there by public transport a bus passes the road junction at Milntown corner!

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Isle of Man. Photo by www.iomchamber.org.im

From Ramsey to Douglas via Peel, on the TT motorcycle course the A3 main road, Milntown house is a large property open to visitors has its share of ghosts: A white lady, a Clergyman, another unknown man, footsteps a horse and carriage in the courtyard.

Milntown House was once home to Manx (Isle of Man) national martyr and home to the Christian family (as in: Fletcher Christian of “Munity on the Bounty ” fame!). There are other assorted apparitions in and around the house including the infamous Milntown Moddey-Dhoo, a huge phantom black dog with enormous fiery red eyes and shaggy coat. Often seen up and down Glen Auldyn and always a bad omen sign of impending doom!

Across the road from Milntown house is Magher y Trodden..”the field of contest” which is said to contain an ancient cemetery and haunt of the fairies. Once a battle site below Skye Hill between the Norse Vikings and ancient Celts.

The meadow skirted by the Sulby river was the area where other strange beings would be witnessed such as the Tarroo-Ushtey or Water Bull coming out of the river into the field.

Also the Moddey-Dhoo (Black Dog) and the Cabbyl-Ushtey (or Water Horse) or Cabbyl-Oie (The Night Horse) all lurked here at the junction of river,watermill and reputed burial grounds. Making it a place to hurry past if dark. Overshadowing trees emphasize the forbidding reputation in past pre electric street light times!

This is where to begin the walk up Glen Auldyn  passing many locations of sightings of Gnome-like creatures, Fairfolk, ghosts, strange lights, Witchcraft, and the Phenoderee.

Here is an extract from WW Gills ‘Manx Scrapbook2’ of a witness sighting on the main road junction.

“Winter of 1912, the Witness was walking from Ramsey to Milntown in the evening . As she was nearing the corner, but short of the darkest part. Suddenly a figure appeared in front of her!

Facing her was a little man 2 foot high, wearing a red cap and a long blue coat with lots of shining buttons down the front of it! He had white hair and a bushy beard all over the lower part of his face, bright blue eyes and was smiling at her! She felt amused at seeing him!

He carried a lantern with a brilliant spark of light in it making him visible his upper face 

covered in wrinkles. They stood and looked at each other for a few minutes before he then vanished! Her mothers sister had a similar experience a generation ago.

This useful light used to appear on dark nights to traveller’s to assist them on the corner.

12 Years earlier this Guardian or ‘Spook Light’ with a similar Gnome type entity was also

seen further up Glen Auldyn. This time the Gnome sat upon the chest of a man who had fell asleep near the Quarries.

Also the Gnome figures seen again by a visitor to the Isle of Man who had taken an 

early walk up the Glen to the Quarries area. On a bright morning about 10am 

he saw figures dancing in a circular motion, he said he felt strange watching the figures

who where small and had a grey look of fungus,he repeated the walk to the same area and saw them again for a second time.”

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More about the Milntown Moddey-Dhoo. The phantom black dog that haunts the Glen has been seen with many witness reports.

The Moddey-Dhoo was seen by in 1931 by a Doctor by the side of the road just beyond Milntown Corner at 2am on his way to attend a call from a person who was ill also seen in 1927 before the witness’ father died. A Portent of evil connected with a similar Moddey-Dhoo that haunts the Sulby Hills.black dog (2)

In his Third’ Manx Scrapbook’, Manx folklorist WW Gill’s tells of his friend meeting the Milntown Moddey-Dhoo at night in 1931 coming  from the Sulby direction. It had enormous fiery eyes, lit up face and shoulders and a long shaggy coat. Black and bigger than a normal looking animal.

It turned aside and left across the road and disappeared up Glen Auldyn . 2 Days later there was a great flood. isle of man fairy bridge (2)

Another story tells this apparition was exorcised by local Ewan Christian in the 1800’s… apparently it didn’t take.

Continuing  up the Glen we came to the bridge crossing the river where there is another story.

In old roads folklore, it is said that supernatural guardians remained faithful to their charges long after the crossings were spanned by stone bridges.

There is evidence of Haunted Fairy bridges. The spirit appears as a White Hand which makes a sign to those in Danger. The Warning Hand will push or place itself on people in danger of falling in the river in flood. A phantom rescuer!

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The Old Fairy Bridge,Isle of Man. photo www.atlanticreligion.com

 

The arm which pushed a woman back from a swollen river in the dark is carved on the Bridge but I didn’t see it unless, it’s a replacement bridge now (just opposite the chapel incidentally). A sacred nook is also said to be on this road.

There is also some other entity mentioned earlier also called the Night Horse, usually seen at in the evening time in moonlight and seen by a Christian of Milntown.

Turning the corner of the road he saw what he described as “A fine horse of terrible beauty, saddled awaiting a rider. If ridden though this horse would gallop to the nearest water, plunging into it to drown and devour it’s passenger. ghosty

The entity haunting this area could be a shapeshifter and adopt numerous disguises it seems. I had been informed orally that another ghost haunts this Bridge: a patient or nurse that walks from the cottage hospital to the site (unconfirmed).

It should be mentioned here that this road and pathway form part of the Millennium way across the Island, a Royal ancient highway.

The crossroads are a place where spirits come and go, many disposed of by the Black Dog.

Sweeping the crossroads on festive occasions to clear them of spirits and bring better luck on New Years day eve is still a tradition on the Isle of Man.

Continuing up the Glen on the other side of the river now towards Snaefell Mt. and the end of the B road where the houses stop and it goes to a wood land path entered via a metal gate.

You will find Skye hill to the right, forested slopes, and North Barrule Mt to the left. There is a river to the left and a wooded glade. It is here you will find the Phenoderee of Glen Aldyn.

By far the most famous tale of fairfolk in Glen Auldyn is the Phenoderee story and this will feature in Part Two: ‘Faerie Encounter on the Isle of Man’.

John – Liverpool