Witch trials came to an end after 1711. But in the decades that followed, hushed into small, catholic communities in the Irish countryside, fear of the supernatural was growing. And 1895 brought the most infamous execution of a suspected fairy ever to take place – the burning of Bridget Cleary in County Tipperary . . .
Sources and Further Reading
- The “Witch-Burning” at Clonmel – Folklore, Vol. 6, No. 4 Dec., 1895
- Belief in Fairies and Witches, in Five Years in Ireland, Michael J. F. McCarthy
Other cases mentioned
- Witchcraft in Tipperary (1, 2), The Times, Sep 18, 1850
- Revelation from a Hamlet near Athlone, New York Times, March 22, 1896
- The Times, Tuesday March 10, 1896