The Irish are famous for their ghosts. Many American attitude is of Irish and other Celtic people. As the Irish themselves, they tend to be dramatic.
Irish ghosts range in size from nearly invisible huge, ranging from tiny sprites giant headless horsemen. Some of them are vengeful, some injuries, some helpful.
In many parts of Ireland, candles are still burning all day and all night from the person dies before the funeral, to keep the spirit of man away from home with light and fire. This belief dates back to pagan times, never far away in Ireland.
The Irish word for ghost is Tash (pronounced Tais.) Sometimes the word Thevshi (taidhbhse) is also used.
As in most cultures, those who die suddenly are likely to come back as ghosts. Some may be owned by a desire for vengeance or anger, while others are owned by the unfulfilled desire or love. Irish ghosts are often very active and like to move on and draw attention anyway they can.
Sometimes, when people die, their souls beaten away, and sometimes souls are caught by evil spirits. Young children who die are particularly vulnerable fairies or demons. Typically, a ghost will make it the live control, a very handy feature. If told to go away, the spirit has no choice but to do it.
Sometimes, spirits take the form of animals, such as rabbits, cats, rats or black dogs.
Often, Tash live in the walls of the house or under a roof or in cellers and they are very restless and noisy. Sometimes, they live even in large trees outside the house. Unless you make them angry, they are not dangerous, although they can be a nuisance, pull off the covers in the winter, knocking things off the walls, upsetting buckets, and generally behave like naughty children. If you make them angry, they can turn mean, throwing stones, causing storms, cattle and people sick and raise the noise unbearable heights.
On the other hand, Tash often appear and butterflies, and these are happy spirits, only to visit and not stuck here, but moved to immortality. See butterflies near a dead body or around the grave is a comforting signal because all is well with the soul went.
The Irish generally believe that everyone has a double, or download. If you do reach a friend in the morning, there is nothing to worry about, but if you see the cover of night, that man is doomed to die soon.
Today, Ireland, abound haunted places everywhere from cottages to castles, farm sheds and linen mills to railway stations and universities.
key to Irish belief in ghosts is to treat them with respect. As long as they are not angry, ghosts are not dangerous, even harmful ones, can be tolerated. Paranormal is still recognized as a matter of course among many of the Irish and just another part of life.