A Flair for Cursing

It was said of Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, patron saint of the Mylecharaines, Craines and Karrans, one of the great Irish saints whose keeills and devotees were to be found on the Isle of Man, that he was powerful in blessing

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Manx Curse

“The stone of the church in the corner of thy house” (Clagh ny killagh ayns corneil dty hie). This is said to be the bitterest curse in the Manx language. The houses usually contained one room, a corner was partitioned

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The Skeab Lome

The curse and ritual of the Skeab Lome (Besom of Destruction) does not appear to have an exact parallel in any other nation’s folklore, though the association of the broom plant with witchcraft has been widespread. In some parts of

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