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Month: May 2019

The Sí Gaoithe or Fairy Wind

The Sí Gaoithe or Fairy Wind

The story of the Si Gaoithe or ‘Fairy Wind’ (pronounced: She Gwee) is not particularly spooky but it has been told many times and actually witnessed time and time again throughout the Irish landscape. The most famous of the stories tells of a woman, Mrs. Hayes, who was taken by fairies while she was out milking her goat. When the fairies returned her they told her that she only had a few minutes to reveal a warning to her husband, Tom….

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Lismore Castle and Gardens

Lismore Castle and Gardens

This is not really a location of recorded paranormal activity but it is a location that has a very long history and I believe that it is places like Lismore Castle that deserve a bit more attention. Our visit to Lismore Castle was a complete accident! Our initial plan was to visit Mount Melleray Abbey but this site caught our attention as we drove through the village of Lismore. The location not only boasts a magnificent castle, it has probably…

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St. Michan’s Church

St. Michan’s Church

We visited St. Michan’s Church in 2017 but unfortunately we were not granted permission to carry out a paranormal investigation. The church was founded in 1095 and for almost 600 years it was the only church on the Dublin’s north side. The present structure was constructed in 1685 and renovations began in 1825. The interior has changed very little and still contains the original organ. Another notable artefact is the Penitant’s Desk, commissioned in 1724 and used for public confession….

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St. Kevin’s Cemetery, Glendalough

St. Kevin’s Cemetery, Glendalough

Situated less than an hour from our home, this location is visited by us time after time. The scenery alone is well worth the journey but we much prefer to arrive long after the sun goes down. The cemetery is located just minutes from the village of Laragh and it is situated on an ancient monastic site of an early Irish Monastery. The cemetery is still in use today with many of the ancient headstones in very good condition. It…

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The Dullahan

The Dullahan

This week we will take a look at an all familiar tale. The Dullahan is Ireland’s very own Headless Horseman. The horseman is usually depicted as a male but some stories have been passed down showing the rider as a woman. In true Headless Rider fashion, the head is always carried beneath the arm and it shows a constant grin which stretches from ear to ear. The Dullahan is believed to use the spine of a human corpse for a…

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Our Visit to Ballycorus Leadmine

Our Visit to Ballycorus Leadmine

This location took us by surprise as we had no plans at all to pay it a visit. We never even heard of the place until a work colleague mentioned it. The leadmine is long abandoned and sits in the Dublin Hills overlooking the townland of Ballycorus. Opened around 1807, the mine was taken over by the Mining Company of Ireland (MCI) in 1826 who owned and operated the site up until closure in 1913. After the mine was exhausted…

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Our Visit to the Rock of Dunamase

Our Visit to the Rock of Dunamase

The Rock of Dunamase is one of our favourite spots to visit at night. It is located just 1 hour from our home and we have been to this location dozens of times. The castle played an important role in the early Anglo-Norman expansion in Leinster as it sits on the main route between Laois and Carlow. Today most of the surviving ruins at the site date from the late 12th and early 13th centuries AD, but evidence for earlier…

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The Banshee

The Banshee

This week we will talk about one of the most famous (or infamous) Irish legends….The Banshee. A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member, usually by wailing, shrieking, or keening. The word banshee comes from the Irish bean sí (pronounced ban-shee) which translates as woman of the fairy mounds. She can appear in a number of guises, as a young beautiful woman, a stately matron or as an ugly frightening hag….

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