The Leanhaum-shee is an Irish vampire fairy that engaged in vampiric activities. She would use her beauty to lure men to her; then she would use her charm to place the men under her spell. The victim would waste away, as the Leanhaum-shee drained away her victim’s life’s essence through exhaustive love making.
The Dearg-due, which means “Red Blood Sucker,” is an ancient vampire dating back to the Celtic times. The most famous story of the vampire creature is the story of a young woman who was supposedly buried in Waterford, which is a small churchyard near Strongbows Tree. Several times a year, she would rise from her […]
Ireland does not have a culture rich in vampire lore. There are very few stories about vampires, even though there are numerous stories about ghosts and revenants. Dudley Wright mention a female vampire who lured people to her using her beauty. She supposedly resided in the graveyard at Waterford near the Strongbow’s Tower. Montague Summers did […]
The most famous Irish vampire tale was collected and published by Jeremiah Curtin in 1882- “The Blood-Drawing Ghost.” The story is about a young woman named Kate. She was one of three women whom a man from Cork County was thinking of marrying. In order to decide which woman he would marry, he decided to […]
Montague Summers mentions the Dearg-Dul, but there is very little information in Irish folklare about the vampire creature. All that is known is that the Dearg-Dul can be held at bay by piling large amount of stones on its grave.