Dooiney oie

"Man of the night." In the traditions of the Isle of Man, a nocturnal spirit who warns people of impending storms, crying "howlaa, howlaa." It is a signal for farmers to herd their cattle and sheep into a shelter.

The spirit can speak his warning while making a misty appearance, shout, or use a loud horn. He is also said to give warning of approaching death in the family by weeping and wailing, opposite the kitchen door.



  • Cumming, J.G. (1861). A guide to the Isle of Man. London: Edward Stanford, p. 23.
  • MacKillop, James. (2004). Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.
  • Roeder, C., ed. (1904). Manx Notes & Queries. Douglas: S.K. Broadbent & Co., note 95.
  • Train, J. (1845). An historical and statistical account of the Isle of Man, from the earliest times to the present date. Vol. 2. Douglas: Mary A. Quiggin, pp. 147-148.