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The 1895 “Witch-Burning” of Bridget Cleary

A gruesome crime in Clonmel, South Tipperary whose memory lives on in a traditional Irish children’s rhyme ‘are you a witch or are you a fairy / or are you the wife of Michael Cleary’, the burning to death on March 15th 1895 of Bridget Cleary by her husband, father and a gang of helpers that included an aunt and several cousins, shocked late nineteenth century Britain and Ireland. Given the crime’s bizarre, almost medieval motive and its sheer brutality, it’s not hard to see why.

read more  The 1895 “Witch-Burning” of Bridget Cleary | The Spooky Isles.

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This entry was posted on March 17, 2015 by in History, Witchcraft.

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