The oldest recorded vampire in the history of Western Europe would be the Abhartach.  It is also similar to another vampire creature called Murbhheo.  It comes from the legend of Celtics and said to happen in the town of Slaughtaverty, Ireland particularly in Glenullin.

Abhartach is said to be a powerful sorcerer.  He is a short man and have a physical disability.  In some legend he was said to be a dwarf.  Abhartach was married to a beautiful maiden.  One day he suspected his wife of committing adultery.  And since he doesn’t have the courage to confront his wife directly about being unfaithful he crawled outside his window and crept on the ledges toward his wife’s bedroom.  Before he could even reach his wife’s bedroom, the man fall and eventually died.  His body was found the next morning by the villagers and the people buried him in the tradition of noble man.  He was buried standing upright in his grave.

The day after his burial, Abhartach was said to return on the village of Slaughtaverty demanding the villagers to cut their wrist and let the blood flow into a bowl for him to drink.  He said that their blood is needed for him to maintain his existence.  The people immediately complied on his demand.  The people feared him when he was still in the land of the living and they would not dare do anything that would upset him especially now that he is dead.

Eventually, the people decided to hire an assassin.  The assassin was able to kill him but the man kept returning and demanding for his share of blood.  They hired another assassin but the result is still the same.  After hiring a bunch of assassin, a druid finally came forward and said that he can free the villagers on the torment of the undead creature.

The druid revealed that Abhartach cannot be killed in a normal process since he has already turned into a Murbhheo.  The druid used a sword made of yam and slashes the creature through.  He was then buried upside down in a grave covered with branches, ash and a boulder.

Up to this day, it was believed in the village of Shaughtaverty that anyone who dares to come near the grave site of Abhartach would be killed.  A large thorn tree is said to be beside the grave-site of the creature.  You can also see a large boulder on it which help him trapped inside his grave.


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