No, No, No… not the pretty, jolly or mischievous Gnome variety Fairy of Fairy-tales like our swinging friends above… we’re here to talk about the real Faeries of Ireland.
You know, the ones that are alternately flippant or wise, cruel or charitable, vicious or gentle.
It’s true, they might tend your garden or protect your home but are just as likely to steal your child or bring sickness upon your house. It just depends on their mood!
They are the real Faerie of Ireland!
If you, or someone you know and trust, has had a genuine close encounter with a Faerie of Ireland, I invite you to share the story with us here.
You don’t need to live in Ireland to have a Faerie story, anyone who has visited the island might have a tale to share.
Those born and raised in Ireland are sure to have more stories to tell, but there are millions of us living outside of Ireland with Ancestors who shared their stories of Faerie encounters.
Big or small, old or new, we want to hear them all.
The only stipulation is that you must believe the story to be genuine.
No wasters, no fantasy, no taking the piss please. All those gathered here must respect the Faerie, and each other.
A little about myself.
Born and raised in Australia, my own interest in Faerie began with an encounter, many years ago.
I love hearing and collecting stories of encounters with the Good People. Many are open with their experiences but others needed a dose of cajoling.
For some, living beside Faerie is so commonplace that seeing or interacting with them was considered normal and barely worth mentioning! But many others have never shared their experience in fear they might be judged or ridiculed by sharing their experience.
I would like to strip away the fear of embarrassment. Wise folk know there is much more to this world than can be seen and there are many who believe these folk we call the ‘Good People’ are literally ‘as old as the hills’.
Since my own encounter years ago, I have slowly but surely grown passionate about Faerie Folklore. For me, it is a living, ever-changing beast and never, ever dull.
Sadly, being in Australia, I cannot walk the highways and byways (or trains and buses) or visit the local pubs to collect stories of Faerie encounters, but I can collect, and share stories with you online and on my Podcast ‘Encounters with the Good People’.
So, whether you are an Irish descendant as myself living in Australia, or in New Zealand, Canada, the United States or United Kingdom, or just a visitor to Ireland with a story to share, please don’t be shy.
You are among friends here.
So, let’s get the Faerie of Ireland out from the shadows, I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get to know them better!