Myth, mystery and folklore are some of the main ingredients of Ireland’s history, so it should come as no surprise that the Emerald Isle is home to a number of eerie spots – perfect for those of you looking for a fright during your time in Ireland. Here are the most haunted places in Ireland that you simply must check out – if you dare…
Loftus Hall, Co. Wexford
Situated on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Loftus Hall is a large mansion house which dates to 1350.
It became the principal residence of the Loftus Family in 1666 and it’s currently known to be one of the most haunted places in Ireland.
Legend has it that one stormy night, a stranger approached the hall on horseback and was invited in to seek shelter. Lady Anne Tottenham, the youngest of the family, was playing a card game with the stranger and dropped a card, when she bent down to retrieve it, she spotted that the stranger had hoofs instead of feet. Once he realised what Anne had seen, he disappeared into a ball of flames.
Loftus Hall was reopened to the public in 2012 and people claim to have seen and felt some pretty strange things.
Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin
This magnificent medieval castle is just 30 minutes from Dublin city and boasts over 800 years of intriguing history.
Stories have been told of the castle’s jester: The Puck of Malahide. Puck is said to have fallen in love with a prisoner – Lady Elenora Fitzgerald. One evening, he was mysteriously stabbed to death outside the castle. With his last breath, he vowed to haunt the castle forever.
Plenty of visitors have claimed to see the ghost of Puck roaming the grounds, nursing his broken heart.
Saint Michan’s Church, Co. Dublin
Known to be the oldest parish church on the north side of Dublin, Saint Michan’s Church was originally founded in 1905.
Under the church, through metal chained doors, are burial vaults – containing the mummified remains of some of Dublin’s most influential families. The most visible mummies: ‘The Big Four’, have no lids on their coffins – openly displaying their leathery skin covered in dust.
Visitors have reported hearing whispering surrounding them as well as feeling as if they’re being watched. Bram Stoker’s (creator of Dracula) mother’s family burial plot is located here.
Hellfire Club, Co. Dublin
The Hellfire Club is located on Montpelier Hill, overlooking Dublin city; and is a popular site for weekend walks and relaxing strolls – during the day at least.
The building was once a hunting lodge but became the meeting place for the Irish Hellfire Club in 1735. Founded by Richard Parsons, who dabbled in black magic, the club members were known to take part in some outrageous antics.
One of the many famous tales tells of a young man who went to investigate the activities of the club and was found dead the following day. The local priest went to the club to investigate and saw a banquet laid out with a large black cat prowling the room. The priest, noticing the cats horn shaped ears, decided to attempt an exorcism – eventually ripping the beast apart.
To this day, people have reported unusual smells and a strange atmosphere when they visit the club after dark.
Wicklow Gaol, Co. Wicklow
Built in 1702, Wicklow Gaol housed thousands of prisoners during the Great Famine, the 1798 Rebellion and the War of Independence.
Described by some as ‘The Gates of Hell’, prisoners of Wicklow Gaol were exposed to horrendous atrocities – leading to starvation, torture and eventually, death. According to legend, prisoners who lost their lives here still roam the halls.
Wicklow Gaol earns its title as one of the most haunted places in Ireland due to the countless sightings and unexplained events that have occurred within the walls – from a floating green mist to men waiting in dark corners.
Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly
Once the haunting grounds of Ireland’s druids, Charleville Castle is located in County Offaly, in the Midlands of Ireland.
The castle is allegedly haunted by the youngest daughter of the third Earl of Charleville: Harriet. In 1861, she slid down the banister of the stairs and tragically fell and passed away.
People have said to have felt a chilling presence when they climb the stairs, they’ve also said to have seen ghostly figures skipping past. Some even say she is accompanied by a young boy.
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