Ireland’s Most Haunted Locations
Ireland has a long and bloody history, which means, naturally, that haunted places can be found all over the country.
From castles visited by murdered spirits to pubs run by friendly ghosts, Ireland is home to an array of specters and sure to give you goosebumps in the run-up to Halloween.
The O’Bannons were an affluent clan from County Tipperary. As the legend goes, two of the O’Bannon brothers were contesting the chieftainship of their family. In order to determine who would be reigning chief, the siblings challenged each other to leap from a rock where the castle was to be built. The sole survivor would not only govern the clan but also be responsible for the castle’s construction….and so began Leap Castle’s saga of bloodshed.
THE STEWARD’S HOUSE
The Stewards House became known as the location for the “Black Cat of Killakee” and a haunting that started in 1968. In that year, the derelict building was purchased and renovations commenced, only to be interrupted by a series of strange sounds, odd happenings and the appearance of a large black cat with glowing red eyes that exuded a tangible air of fear. The ghosts of two nuns appeared in the building. Local folklore states that the building was used by the Hell Fire Club for “satanic rituals” during the 18th century.
The stories of Druids lurking within the Ballyboley Forest have continued right on up into modern times, with frequent reports of encounters with four ghostly robed figures believed to be the ghosts of the Druids of the past. These figures always have faces covered by their hoods, and are seen to watch visitors only to vanish into thin air. At times they are said to carry with them spectral burning torches and to circle around campsites at night, evaporating into the ether just as suddenly as they came. On occasion stone altars can be seen with smoke rising from them but no fire, the area penetrated by the screams of long dead human and animal victims, often said to sound reminiscent of an “abattoir.”
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