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Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland


Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andrew Sneddon
    Pages 1-4
  3. Andrew Sneddon
    Pages 5-24
  4. Andrew Sneddon
    Pages 34-52
  5. Andrew Sneddon
    Pages 124-144
  6. Andrew Sneddon
    Pages 145-148
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-221

About this book


This is the first academic overview of witchcraft and popular magic in Ireland and spans the medieval to the modern period. Based on a wide range of un-used and under-used primary source material, and taking account of denominational difference between Catholic and Protestant, it provides a detailed account of witchcraft trials and accusation.


Witchcraft magic witch demonic possession demons angels miracles Ireland Ulster cunning-folk magical healing fortune-teller fortune-telling wise-man wise-woman wise-women fairy-man fairy-woman astrology the Devil growth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ulster UniversityColeraineUK

About the authors

Andrew Sneddon is Lecturer in History at Ulster University, UK. He is the author of two previous books and numerous articles on British and Irish history, including witchcraft and magic. He has held research fellowships and awards from Queen's University, Belfast and the Wellcome Trust.

Bibliographic information


“This publication is a very welcome addition to a growing corpus of scholarship on this relatively neglected aspect of Irish social and cultural history. ... On reaching the end of this original, scholarly book, the reader will have gained an excellent, fresh insight into the nature of beliefs about magic and witchcraft in Ireland … . suitable as a textbook for university students and is likely to be the main scholarly work on this subject for several years to come.” (Dr. Mary Ann Lyons, Reviews in History,, June, 2016)