The Ghastly Ghosts of Irish Tales At Halloween

Image result for The Ghastly Ghosts of Irish Tales At HalloweenIreland is considered the be where Halloween started, the scariest holiday of the year. There is no better way to hear an Irish ghost story than at Halloween. As the mist settles in and eerily creeps its way into every nook and cranny, a strange feeling is evoked. Mary McGann shares some of Ireland’s most famous ghost tales, the best stories to read this Halloween as you nestle in the darkness. Be prepared to be frightened out of your wits as it should be at this time of year. The Irish have a few tricks up their sleeves.

The Ghosts of Ireland

Duckett’s Grove, Carlow; Staad Abbey, Sligo; Charles Fort, Cork and the Abbey of the Black Hag, Limerick are some of the locations of the ghostly appearances spoken of in Ireland. The sounds of banshees and shadowy figures in the dark are predominant. Stories of witches and graves and blood-sucking ghosts are commonly reported. Tales of a woman buried alive and clawing frantically for freedom only to succumb leave you with a knot in the throat. Most of the buildings in question lay in ruins, closed to the public and avoided at all costs. While many may find these a little on the abstract side, you need only catch one glimpse to believe.

Charleville Forest Castle, Offaly, The Scariest of Them All

While the Victorian country house may be in a better state than that of Duckett’s Grove it is chillingly haunted by a child-like ghost which dates back to a real-life tragedy from 1861. The child of the Earl of Charleville was reportedly killed while sliding down a bannister while playing. The little girl appears in her old attire, singing and skipping as if nothing has changed. The air chills suddenly before she appears. The echoes of children laughing send chills up the spine. While it may not seem all that scary, the reality behind the story makes it eerily chilling.