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Haunted and Bewitched Ireland contains twenty-one classic tales of Irish ghosts and witches that reveal as much about the complex cultural history of the land as about the universal ability of otherworldy phenomena to capture the imagination. Part one focuses on the stories of ghosts, wraiths, spirits, and spectres who visit the living, from County Limerick to County Down.
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published August 25th 2008 by Fall River Press (first published 2008)
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I started reading this as a sort of throw-back to my 6th grade reading habits, when I discovered folk tales. Irish folktales are often classified as ghost stories, which I generally avoid, but I enjoyed them anyway.

I thought the tone of the first part was rather interesting-- it's a non-fiction setup, but stories about ghosts and wraiths tend to read as fiction. Not to knock non-fiction, but it also tends to be more dry, so I enjoyed the ghosts and wraiths a lot: they're interesting, and it is
I will start with the fact that I am not a fan of short stories; no matter what, all the stories seem to blend together only there are different names and some minor changes but ultimately the story remains the same, which makes for a redundant book.

The premise of the book however I did like; haunted castles, ghosts, witches and other creatures of Irish folklore.

I do have a few favorites from the book:

The Arny Woman; A Night at the Ram's Horn; The Touch of the Dead; and Alexander Colville, The
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BOB CURRAN is an educational psychologist in Coleraine University. His interests are broad-ranging but are focused especially on history and story. He has written several books, including The Field Guide to Irish Fairies, The Wolfhound Guide to the Shamrock, Creatures of Celtic Myth, The Truth about the Leprechaun.
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