Ireland has a long history filled with paranormal sightings, mythology and folklore. In ancient societies the Druids and Celtics had many beliefs that powers of magic and many of those beliefs have turned into modern-day legends. These legends and spooky tales are passed down from generation to generation. Those who are interested in trying to see if these legends are real can find that they are able to travel to various parts of the country for a chance to come face-to-face with these spooky legends.
If you plan to visit Ireland and explore the mountains and hills you may find yourself face to face with one of the country’s most mischievous mythical creatures. Pookas have made the mountains and hillsides their home and, depending upon the region of Ireland you visit, they have been known to help local farmers and wreak havoc at the same time. Pookas are mostly found in rural areas of Ireland, but be careful if you are exploring the shorelines of the Emerald Isle. Pookas have been known to disrupt those along the shores and have been to blame for many shipwrecks.
Many around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but not everyone knows the true meaning behind the legend and why we celebrate this green-inspired holiday. However, over the years, the legends associated with St. Patrick have changed, evolved and have been embellished. This could be one of the main reasons why not many know why we celebrate the holiday. Those wanting to learn more about St. Patrick and his journeys through Ireland will want to stop by popular sites throughout the Green Isle.
One must-visit site associated with St. Patrick is the National Museum of Ireland in Duvblin. While there you can see the Shrine of St. Patrick’s Bell, which is part of the collection of “relics of Patrick.” These relics were removed from his tomb sixty years after his death and is part of three relics of “prescious minna.”
Other places associated with the legend of St. Patrick include:
- Slemish, Counth Antrim and Killala Bay, County Mayo
- Saul, County Down
- Hill of Slane, County Meath
- Croagh Patrick, County Mayo
- Lough Derg, County Donegal
- Armagh, County Armagh
- Downpatrick, County Down
The Shamrock has been associated with Irish legends for many generations. It is the unofficial symbol of Ireland and hold significant meaning to most of the historic cultures in Ireland. In fact, the Druids believed that this plan was sacred and could ward off evil and the Celtics believed that is held mystical powers due to the plants three-heart shaped leaves. Whether the Shamrock holds paranormal powers or not, it is definitely a part of Ireland’s heritage and can be found in many regions throughout the country.
It is believed that the different leaves of the Four-Leaf Shamrock stand for:
- One leaf is for hope
- The second leaf is for faith
- The third leaf is for love
- The fourth leaf is for luck
These are just a few of the many legends that have been passed along through the generations in Ireland. There are many other reports of sightings of paranormal beings, including Banshees, Faeries, the Children of Lir and Changelings. Ireland is home to many myths, legends and folklore. If you know where to look, you yourself might find yourself face-to-face with one of these paranormal legends. Who knows…you might even run into a Leprechaun at the end of the rainbow while traveling through Ireland.