From Battle Queens to Biddy Early

The History and Uses of Magic in Ireland, with an Irish Women's Historian.

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Online Class which covers the history of the use of magic in Ireland from earliest times to the modern era led by an Irish historian.

Topics covered include:

  • Uses of protective magic
  • Cursing in Irish practice
  • The belief in the evil eye
  • The belief in the intrinsic power of spoken word magic (for eg in poetry and charms)
  • Relations with the Sidhe
  • The power of smiths and metal working
  • Love magic
  • The Christianisation of magical practice – and saints who were expert magical practitioners
  • Imported magic (for eg witch trials and use of ‘witch bottles’)


  • -- An introduction to a wealth of information over thousands of years about Irish magical practice.
  • -- A greater insight into the history and traditions of Irish ancestors.
  • -- An understanding of the evolution of Irish magical practice over centuries and in response to colonialism.
  • -- A deeper understanding of the Irish journey through history to where we are today
  • -- A guide to the importance of magical practice in Irish daily life over centuries
  • -- An introduction to important but little known native Irish sources on magic and its practice including literature and other assorted documents

Your Course access enrollment includes:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Video
  • -- Class Audio
  • -- Class Chat Log/Resources
  • -- Recommended reading and online resources list

When you enroll in this Course, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

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Your Instructor

Dr. Gillian Kenny
Dr. Gillian Kenny

Dr. Gillian Kenny is an Hon Research Associate at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies in Trinity College Dublin. Her specialism is women’s lives in medieval and early modern Ireland and beyond. She is also interested in the lives of those considered outsiders in the medieval world and is currently researching that topic. She has taught in both UCD and TCD and has appeared in and written on various historical topics both on TV and in newspapers/magazines as well as working on her own books and papers.

"The Gillian Kenny lecture. Brilliant and I can't recommend highly enough, such an excellent tour through the subject."

- Geraldine Byrne, File na hÉireann (and Teacher at the Irish Pagan School).

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my enrollment last for?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this version of the recordings for as long as you remain a member of the Irish Pagan School - across any and all devices you own. So, you can take your time, or get it all done quickly, and revisit it all whenever you want to - it's completely up to you.
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Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.

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