Some others can be found here: https://www.sengoidelc.com/category/curses-insults/
Millfet lí th’aigthe! (I will destroy the beauty of your face. = I will kill you!)
Ní fes cía cú rot·chac for otrach! (No one knows what dog shit you out onto a dunghill!)
A chacc cuirre uidre ittige! (O shit of a flapping dun-colored crane!)
Bid móin ⁊ mothar a feranna-som co bráth. (Their lands will be boglands and thickets forever)
Ní raib úaid acht cairem ⁊ círmaire nó nech bed fíu iad. (“May none spring from him but shoemakers and combmakers, or people of that kind.”)
Úir aineóil tarat! (Foreign soil over you!)
Goirde shaogail duit abhus ⁊ ifrenn thall! (Short life to you on this side, and hell on the other!)
Duchas.ie (Schools collection), Main Manuscript Collection (NFC). Individual manuscripts mentioned in text.
The Evil Eye in Early Irish Literature and Law, Jacqueline Borsje and Fergus Kelly, Celtica 24
Irish Cursing and the Art of Magic, 1750-2018, Thomas Waters
In Defense of Saints Who Loved Malediction, Ksenia Kudenko, in “Charms, Charmers and Charming in Ireland: From the Medieval to the Modern“
European and American Scholarship and the Study of Medieval Irish Magic, Jacqueline Borsje in “Charms, Charmers and Charming in Ireland: From the Medieval to the Modern”
A Guide to Early Irish Law, Fergus Kelly
Celtic Spells and Counterspells, Jacqueline Borsje
Praise and Early Irish Poet, Liam Breatneach, Éirú vol.56
8 thoughts on “Cursing in Irish Folk Tradition”
Fascinating. I was very interested in the evil eye and how someone who was thought to have cast the evil eye could reverse it with a blessing.
Interesting article and well written – but giving actual examples of curses and explaining how to curse is irresponsible. Anybody can read this, including silly teenagers, sadists or the mentally ill, and you have no control over what they will do with the information you have provided.
It literally says that they will only work if warrented, otherwise they will return to the caster. So I don’t think you have to worry.
Excellent article, I have become accustomed to the gasps of horror if one mentions the use of hexing in a class or article but it’s beyond time to remind folk that Irish traditions include hexing, cursing, satire and malediction ❤
Lucky the only “gasps of horror” on this comment section are from a guy stalking the blog who is still bent out of shape that I wrote a book review of a friend of his calling out their bullshit. So now it’s passive agressive comments of moral grandstanding. Glad you enjoyed the article though.
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Not a stalker! I saw a link in FB and I read it just like i would any other article. The fact that I disagreed with what you said about Amantha Murphy (she is more of an acquaintance we have met only twice) does not mean I have personal enmity towards you. I am not looking to harass, fight or otherwise cause trouble. I can recognize good writing, but I still would be reluctant to share certain information that can be misused by the foolish or ill-intentioned, Just expressing my opinion – which is what a comment section is for.
Love this so many people are absolutely ignorant on our rich tradition of cursing, and imported wiccan/new age sensibilities have warped understanding of its importance.
Also loved the ” Hum the alphabet
· Hum the letters of the name of the victim” – part of Draíocht Ceoil is humming, love to see the cross over !