The burning of Ireland’s witches

Something wicked this way comes...
Something wicked this way comes...

Wise Women, witch burnings and cunning folk will be the focus of a heritage talk by author and historian Dr Bob Curran in the run up to Halloween next week.

The event will take place at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady on Wednesday, 29th October at 7pm.

A spokesman for the event said: “Ireland has the unique distinction of being the location of the first and last witch-burnings in the British Isles- the first being in 1324 and the last being in 1895.

“But just how important was the witchcraft belief there? And how did it reflect Irish Society as a whole?

“Were alleged witches no more than local wise women with a knowledge of herbs and potions or were they something more sinister?”

Dr. Bob Curran is a respected local historian and author of ‘A Bewitched Land’, will deliver a fascinating talk which explores the idea of the Irish witch and traces the links between witchcraft, rural healers and scandalous women.

Looking at the formal witch trials in Kilkenny and Carrickfergus, he also details the lives of such colourful characters such as Biddy Early, Moll Anthony and Maurice Griffin and sets them in their social and cultural contexts.

Admission to the talk is free however places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To book a place or for further information, contact the Limavady Tourist Information Centre on 028 7776 0650.