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Butter Stealing Through Magic

Irish Pagan School Conference Classes 2019

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A look at the widespread fear of the butter stealing witch in Ireland.

The talk will focus on the very real fear people had of these women,

especially at liminal times of the year and the methods used to prevent

and deter them . It will also look at the methods of sympathetic magic

employed to steal the butter profit. Butter and dairy were a big part of

the diet, as well as the household economy, so measures had to be taken

to prevent this from happening.


Individual class presentation recorded at the Irish Pagan School Conference in late December 2019, on Irish Magic & Folklore.


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Shane Broderick
Shane Broderick

Shane is a native of Youghal, County Cork, with a wide ranging interest in many aspects of Irish culture and heritage. His almost life-long interest in folklore was instilled in him from a young age listening to the stories of his grandfather. This passion was fully ignited when he took up photography as a hobby and was taken by the folklore of buildings and sites he visited.

This led him to pursue the subject academically, and he graduated with honours from University College Cork in 2018 with a BA (HONS) in Folklore and Celtic Civilisation. He set up Ireland’s Folklore and Traditions (on Facebook and Wordpress) in the hope of bringing Irish folklore, traditions and customs to a wider audience.


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