The Blood-Drawing Ghost

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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 test them. He placed his cane at the entrance of the tomb of a recently deceased person and challenged them to get it. Kate was the only woman to accept the challenge.

Upon arriving at the tomb, Kate encountered the dead man who forced her to take him into town. There he drew blood from three young men who subsequently died. He mixed the blood with oatmeal which he had forced Kate to prepare. He devoured his portion, but Kate hid hers. Unaware that Kate had not eaten her oatmeal, the vampire confided in her that the blood-oatmeal mixture would have brought the three men back to life.

As they were returning to the tomb, the vampire told Kate of a fortune of gold that could be found in a nearby field.

The next day, the three young men were found. Kate struck a bargain with their parents. She offered to bring them all back to life if she could marry the oldest and if the land where she knew the gold was could be deeded to her.

Deed in her hand, she took the oatmeal and put some in the mouth of each man. They all recovered from the vampire’s attack.

With her future husband, Kate dug up the gold and the wealthy couple lived a long life, passing their wealth to their children.