Abhartach – Ireland’s Vampire

Author Lyn Gibson

Irish legend dubs Abhartach as an ancient ruler of a small kingdom from the 5th or 6th century.  During this time period in an area known as Glenuilin (glen of the eagle) comprised of several kingdoms with their own ruler.  This area has been well documented through history and many indications of their existence still remain in the country sides.

Abhartach was recorded as being dwarf like in nature but was revered as a powerful magician and a tyrant monarch.  Hated by his subjects, they plotted his demise.  Too fearful of his powerful magic to attempt the deed themselves they recruited a chieftain from a neighboring village named Cathrain to execute the task for them.

Happy to oblige, Cathrain quickly rose to the deed and Abhartach was murdered and buried, but not for long.  An angry Abhartach returned the next day demanding blood from each of his subjects…

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