The death coach is part of the folklore of north western Europe. It is particularly strong in Ireland but is also found in British and American culture. In Irish folklore, it is known as the Cóiste Bodhar (chost-a-bower) and it is said that the sight or sound of the coach is the harbinger of death. It warns of imminent death to either oneself or to a close relative. In Ireland in particular the Death Coach is seen as a signifier of the inevitability of death, as the belief goes once it has come to Earth it can never return empty. Thus, once the death of an individual has been decided by a greater power, mortals may do nothing to prevent it.
The Cóiste Bodhar is mentioned by W. B. Yeats in his collection Folk tales of Ireland.
In British mythology a death coach is said to be seen at times on the Royal Mile of Edinburgh, where it collects the souls of the dead.