Fear Doirche

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Fear Doirche, meaning literally the Dark Man in Irish. A malevolent fairy, the chief agent of mortal abduction, usually in the service of a fairy queen. Very few that are taken by him to fairy land, or the sidhe (Celtic Mythology), ever return to tell the tale.[1] In Irish mythology he belongs with the Tuatha Dé Danann and is prominent in such tales in the Fenian Cycle as The Birth of Oisín.[2]


  1. ^ MacKillop, James (2000). Celtic Mythology. Oxford University Press. p. 205. ISBN 0-19-280120-1.
  2. ^ Stephens, James (1920). Irish Fairy Tales.