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  • The Otherworld
    The Otherworld
  • Lady Kennaway departing
    Lady Kennaway departing
  • The Famine and Emigration
    The Famine and Emigration

The Otherworld- An Saol Eile

“Superstitious practices tend to be carried out in secret and to be resorted to only when more rational methods have been tried and found wanting.”

E. Estyn Evans Irish Folkways (1957)

“Is gnách go ndéantar cleachtais phiseogacha faoi cheilt agus ní théitear ina muinín ach amháin nuair a bhaintear triail as modhanna eile níos ciallmhaire ach nach mbíonn aon mhaitheas iontu.”

E. Estyn Evans Irish Folkways (1957)

Murder & Executions- Dúnmharú & Daoradh Chun Báis

Murder exerts a fascination over us, particularly murdermystery. In this area you can learn about some of the most intriguing cases to be found anywhere, and they all had their roots here in Tipperary!

Bíonn an-spéis go deo againn i ndúnmharú, go háirithe an mistéir a bhaineann le dúnmharú. Sa limistéar seo gheobhaidh tú amach faoi roinnt de na cásanna móra a d’fhéadfadh tarlú áit ar bith, agus bhí a mbunús acu ar fad anseo i dTiobraid Árann!

Would you believe?- An gcreidfeá?

Tipperary’s religious story is full of characters, heroes and victims. Here are just a few – more to be found all around you!

Tá scéal reiligiúnach Thiobraid Árann lán le carachtair, laochra agus íospartaigh. Níl anseo ach cúpla ceann - tá neart eile le feiceáil timpeall ort!

Orphan Girl Emigrants to Australia-

Téann Dílleachtaí go dtí an Astráil

“Another ship-load of female immigrants from Ireland has reached our shores….everybody is crying out against the monstrous infliction, and the palpable waste of the immigration fund furnished by the colonists in bringing out these worthless characters…”

The Argus newspaper, Melbourne, 4 April 1850.

“Tá lán loinge eile d’imircigh ban as Éirinn tagtha i dtír againn... tá gach duine ag gearán faoin damáiste ollmhór, agus an cur amú atá á dhéanamh ar an gciste imirce a thug na coilínigh uathu chun na daoine seo a thabhairt amach, nach fiú faic iad”

Nuachtán The Argus, Melbourne, 4 Aibreán 1850.

Famine and Emigration- An Gorta Mór agus Imirce

“The Judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson, that calamity must not be too much mitigated.”

Charles E. Trevelyan (1807-1886)

“’Le breithiúnas Dé seoladh an anachain chun ceacht a mhúineadh do na hÉireannaigh, níor chóir an anachain sin a mhaolú an iomarca.”

Charles E. Trevelyan (1807-1886)

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Famine and MigrationThe Otherworld

 

The Otherworld is never far away in Tipperary. The passage tomb on top of Slievenamon has been regarded as a portal to the Otherworld for thousands of years. Holy Wells are still visited today just as they have been since pagan times.

To see a ghost is unusual but not unheard of - some people say this Museum is haunted by the way, so keep an eye out! A thorn-tree standing alone in a field is still described as a fairy-thorn and the ringforts of 1,500 years past are still fairy-forts…. It was these same fairies who lay behind one of the most bizarre killings in Tipperary’s history. In 1895, a local man Michael Cleary became obsessed with the idea that his wife Bridget was a ‘changeling’, a supernatural abomination left by the fairies after they had stolen his real wife. Bridget and Michael were a handsome young couple, living in Ballyvadlea near Fethard. When Bridget became sick, Michael lost faith with conventional medicine and turned to traditional cures instead to drive out the changeling. A ghastly ritual followed over two days, attended by neighbours and family, including Bridget’s own father. Bridget was tortured with a hot poker and roasted over the hearth. Eventually, Michael threw lamp oil over her and as she blazed up he shouted ‘It is not Bridget I a burning. You’ll soon see her go up in the chimney’. Bridget’s body was buried in a dyke and then Michael headed to the fairy fort with his neighbours to rescue his ‘real’ wife.

“Superstitious practices tend to be carried out in secret and to be
resorted to only when more rational methods have been tried and
found wanting.”
E. Estyn Evans Irish Folkways (1957)

 

 
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