The Witch Hauntings Youghal (WHY) Research Project anchored in University College Cork and in collaboration with Youghal community organisations, Youghal Celebrates History, Youghal4All Community Group, Youghaloween Spooktacular and Youghal Active Retirement Association, and with the support of Cork County Council, are hosting this event.
Jenny Butler, Lecturer, Study of Religions Department, UCC, will speak about ‘Wise Women and Fairy Doctors: Otherworldly Connections in the Irish Context”. This talk will present an overview of locations connected with the otherworld and of the healing practices of people known locally as wise women and fairy doctors whose powers were understood to come from an otherworld source.
Clodagh Tait, History Lecturer, MIC Limerick, will present “Dress right for your afterlife: ghosts and their clothing in Irish tradition”. Clodagh has written extensively on Irish social and cultural history, including the history of death and ideas about the supernatural. She is currently writing a book on cursing and blessing.
Elizabeth Kiely, Social Policy Senior Lecturer, UCC, will present on the Witch, Hauntings, Youghal oral history project. This project is gathering oral histories in Youghal, the site of residual hauntings and one of a few witch trials in Ireland. It seeks to add to the historical record and to digitally preserve, oral accounts of hauntings, cursing, magical culture, belief/ interest in witches / witchcraft.
If you have a story / experience you would like to record, that pertains to Irish historic witchcraft / magic / the supernatural, please contact the WHY Project at [email protected].