East Antrim folklore and superstitions are comprehensively explored in a brand new publication by creator and broadcaster Dr David Hume.
The Ballycarry historian and former Larne Instances reporter additionally tells ghost tales and different unexplained examples in ‘No Smoke with out Hearth’.
David is an everyday on the native historic society lecture circuit and says there may be at all times an enormous curiosity in superstition.
“I purpose to discover and clarify a few of the superstitions and beliefs which have come down by the generations, for instance with the fairies, their legend might be primarily based on the pre-Christian historical past of the underground chambers, which individuals believed to be dwelling to the fairies, and the Irish folklore surrounding the Tuatha de Danaan folks, supposedly They retreated to the “underworld” after being defeated by the brand new invaders.
“The idea in fairies is without doubt one of the strongest and enduring parts of folklore in our society. The final vestige of a powerful perception system is that the majority sane folks keep away from reducing or harming fairy thorn, which after all is sweet for the atmosphere!
With loads of tales from Islandmagee, Ballycarry, Carrickfergus, Kilwaughter and elsewhere, the e-book explores bogles (goblins), horse-riding ghosts, ‘White Girl’ ghosts, holy wells, witches, banshees and weird practices reminiscent of burial. horse skulls in farm sheds.
“I’ve at all times been fascinated by tales of unusual occurrences, and intrigued by superstitions and beliefs, so this e-book has introduced collectively a number of notes and analysis I’ve collected over time and a few tales which were handed right down to me. they’re recorded in another way,” mentioned David.
“I consider there may be reality within the saying that there isn’t a fireplace with out smoke, which signifies that most tales and folklore may be defined to a point primarily based on previous occasions,” he added.
Jo Zebedee and Chris Disley organized a e-book launch of the publication at The Secret Bookshop in Carrickfergus which was a possibility to be taught first hand the background to a few of the tales.
The viewers was at capability for a chat with the creator and a e-book studying and question-and-answer session hosted by Jo.
Islandmagee plaque commemorating the final witch trial
No Smoke with out Hearth, priced £10.99, is on sale from Guide Nook in Larne; The Secret Bookshop in Carrickfergus; CF Beatties at Ballycarry; Gobbins Customer Heart and The Rinkha at Islandmagee.