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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

PAUL CROPPER WONDERS WHETHER THIS COULD BE THE EARLIEST PRINTED REFERENCE TO IRISH LAKE MONSTERS






5 comments:

Dale Drinnon said...

You would mean "First Irish eyewitness account printed in a newspaper" since stories about these things go back to the earliest Irish mythology.

I should think they were seeing Horse Eels, too: eel-like creatures of about thirty feet in length would be the typical description. That would correspond to my Sea-serpent category of Megaconger. I have no problems with that idea.

Ego Ronanus said...

You will find this account in the book "Mystery Animals of Ireland" (CFZ Press - just out). However, there are earlier accounts from the Middle Ages, also to be found in that peerless work. That book again is "Mystery Animals of Ireland", a work which no cryptozoologist should lack. If you've forgotten the title, that's "Mystery Animals of Ireland".
Available on Amazon (USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan). Also directly from the CFZ.

Andrew D. Gable said...

Oh, awesome, didn't realize that was out. Another addition to the old Amazon list, I guess... always had a weak spot for weird stuff in the lands of my forefathers.

Dale Drinnon said...

"What I Tell You Three Times Is True"

Ego Ronanus said...

Funnily enough, with regard to dale Drinnon's second comment, there was once a Snark on the River Shannon - but it was a boat, not a cryptid.