You Could Knockmealdown With A Feather

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1395082_2e2d0341Bay Lough in the Knockmealdown mountains, Co Tipperary.

Home to Ireland’s Loch Ness Monster.

Very scary Mary.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

I was wondering if any Broadsheeters are familiar with a monster with the body of a horse, and the head of a woman, who lives in the lake of Clogheen in the Knockmealdown mountains?
This is nothing to worry about. It’s simply the ghost of a six-foot-tall local witch called Mary Hannigan, better known as ‘Petticoat Loose’ because her skirts kept coming unbuttoned.
Mary’s misdeeds during her life  included murdering her husband, killing neighbours’ cattle and randomly hitting local dairymaids with flying milking stools. It led to her spirit being condemned to empty the lake with her sewing thimble until the end of time.
When she appears (which is rare), she asks, somewhat rhetorically: ‘When will the day of judgement come?’ before disappearing back under the water.

 

The Legend Of Petticoat Loose

Pic via Geograph.ie

35 thoughts on “You Could Knockmealdown With A Feather

  1. Johnny Unitus

    she has claws as big as cups
    she has four ears, two for listening and two “are sort of back-up ears”. Some might be on the inside of her head
    she has a retractable leg so she can leap up at you better
    she has magnets on her tail, so “if you’re made out of metal, she can attach herself to you
    she lights up at night
    she has a tremendous fear of stamps
    her yawn sounds like Liam Neeson chasing a load of hens around inside a barrel
    she has no mouth, but instead has four arses
    she only has eyebrows on Saturdays
    The locals think she is some sort of giant fox
    she makes a terrible howling noise
    she is the size of a jaguar [the cat not the car]
    she has got big white teeth, as sharp as knives

  2. Mr Potato

    It’s thought that because the lake gets very deep, very fast, swimmers often entered it without realising that there was a massive drop in water temperature a few metres out from the edge, and thus they got into trouble as their muscels started to seize up, and in some cases they drowned. This is where the stories of her dragging her victims down into the lake came from. Korean water ghost, haw are ya.

  3. Sgt. Bilko

    “I was wondering if any Broadsheeters are familiar with a monster with the body of a horse, and the head of a woman…”

    Oh jaysis, her? I’ll never live that house party down.

        1. Mikeyfex

          I could have given the predictable BS response to your predictable BS comment but I thought a compliment sandwich might be better for a Friday.

          But ya, take the feedback.

  4. Errol Gunne

    “murdering her husband, killing neighbours’ cattle and randomly hitting local dairymaids with flying milking stools.”

    Sounds like my ex!

      1. Errol Gunne

        Great gouts of milk from both nipples actually. It washed me right through the french windows of our semi-d and out onto the patio.

  5. Intact

    I’m from around that area – my dad has a story about a man out with a horse and trap who successfully followed the advice of a priest and made a ring of salt around the horse and trap as soon as he heard Petticoat Loose coming.

  6. Intact

    Also, all that greenery on the slopes above the Vee – thats an invasive species – Rhododendron. One of the worst infestations in the country and no-one seems to be doing anything about it.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      The Parks & Wildlife service are, albeit within the National Parks, and have been doing so since the late 1980s. With the help of volunteers they slash and burn it and apply approved weed-kill to the roots.

      1. Intact

        I know they’re working diligently at Rhododendron whacking in Killarney national park and they’re attacking the Giant Rhubarb in Achill but The Vee isn’t a national park so it just keeps spreading. To be honest I think it’s gone beyond the point where anything serious can be done about it….

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          I share your concern. Resource-wise I guess the areas most affected are worked upon like the protected woodlands. Stripping it from upland areas will only expose to erosion and a new set of problems.

  7. shitferbrains

    Ah yes..over the Vee and down through Clougheen with their charming folk ways, like burning refugee shelters down and banging on the roofs of any car that had anyone in it they didn’t recognise. Troglodytes one and all.

  8. Harchibald

    She wasn’t actually local to the Vee; she was purportedly brought there to be put in the lake following her death. Her actual grave can still be seen in Colligan church; around 8km from Dungarvan.

    She lived on a raod called,(fantastically) The Lack Brack, just off the Dungarvan-Clonmel road.

    Legend has it she killed a prize bull with her bare hands. Impressive lady.

    1. Sgt. Bilko

      “Legend has it she killed a prize bull with her bare hands.”

      That’s nothing on what she did to my …

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