For as long as there have been Irish writers, there has been an Irish fixation with Faeries and Folklore, and there are very few of our great literary heroes who haven’t touched upon the subject at least once in their careers.
It doesn’t matter how intellectual you are or how much you pride yourself on logical thinking, for the Irish, there’s always that glimmer in the corner of your eye that might just not belong to this world. Perhaps it’s a result of being brought up hearing the tales and adventures of our heritage so often that they almost feel real, or maybe it’s the natural impishness in us that needs a creative outlet
Whatever it is, with great imagination comes great ability as displayed by this (by no means exhaustive) selection of fanciful folklorists below. If we’ve missed out your favourite accounts of Ireland’s mystique, then head to the comments section to share your tales with the Irish at Heart community!
William Butler Yeats