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Black Cat Appreciation Day

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Black cats feature heavily in stories all around the world, and it is safe to say they are badly in need of the PR boost from their very own day of celebration. Internationally, black cats are seen as sidekicks to witches, signs of bad luck and even omens of death. And Irish folklore is no different…

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Mermaids, Marriage and Mischief

Mermaids are to be found in folklore throughout the world, and have been a source of fascination and inspiration for centuries. In modern times, we mostly have the Disney-fied version of Ariel in the Little Mermaid - a far less brutal (spoiler alert!) retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1836 tale. Irish folklore is no different - as an island nation, our stories are very much inspired by the sea, and we have not one, but two forms of mermaid type creatures.

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Cow Appreciation Day

Cow Appreciation Day

July 11th marks Cow Appreciation Day - an invention by an American chicken restaurant, designed to lure customers away from delicious beef burgers. But we won’t let a cynical marketing ploy get in the way of acknowledging one of the most important animals in Irish folklore and mythology.

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