The Dullahan

The Dullahan appeared as a headless rider on a black carriage which was pulled by a number of black headless horses.  It usually appeared as an omen of death to one of the more prosperous families in the region.  Normally it had no sound as it passed by on the road, which was usually how one determined it was of an otherworldly character.

Source: O'Hanlon, rev. John (Lageniensis), Irish Folklore: Traditions and Superstitions of the country. first published 1870, republished E.P publishing Ltd., 1973.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with the Dullahan

Hanlon's Mill

The Death Coach

The Headless Horseman

 

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