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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

What’s Your Favorite Spooky Destination in Ireland?

Go on, don’t be afraid… you can tell us. What’s your favorite eerie spot in Ireland?

For me, it was a visit to Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, County Kilkenny. We wandered the gardens, and then when we tried to get a photo of Liam and me next to a California redwood… the camera wouldn’t work. The photo came out with haunting hands and hooves…

Liam and mysterious hands at Woodstock Gardens, County Kilkenny.

Truth is, there was low light and a long exposure on the digital camera… those hands were mine, but boy oh boy, getting back to the B&B and seeing the haunting hands kind of freaked us out.

What’s your favorite spooky destination or experience in Ireland? Share below…

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6 Comments

  1. My favorite spooky place is Kilmainham Jail. When you enter, you can feel the spirits of the patriots that died there in the courtyard and the spirit of the Irish people quest for freedom.

  2. The first time I stayed at the Bunratty Castle Hotel (http://www.bunrattycastlehotel.com/) my room looked out onto a graveyard. “And (it) made me feel excited, well, excited and scared.” So, I drew the curtains closed as the sun had not yet set even though it was 9:30 on a Summer’s night, and hopped into bed. As I turned off the bed lamp, I saw at the window a lady in Victorian night cap and garb holding a pewter candle stick with a lighted candle peeking out the curtains. Not knowing whether to be excited or scared, I said something lame like, “I think you have the wrong room.” As my words blew out her candle, she turned to me with a startled expression as if to say, “What are YOU doing here?” and disappeared. (I think I scared her more than she did me!) Switching on the lamp, I got out of bed to check the door to the room, and it was still locked. I didn’t have the nerve to look out the window, but there was the smell of an extinguished candle in the room. (No, I don’t drink.) A distinct warmth where the apparition had been told me there was nothing to fear, so I went back to bed for a good night’s sleep.

  3. I have a number of spoooooky stories, I’ll have to write up a few.

    One of the eeriest places was the empty village on Achill Island. Rows of stone houses with no roofs. The white skull of a winter-killed sheep against the green and brown grasses. Wind whipped across the hillside, whistling against the gaps in the rows of stone. It took a few cups of tea to warm up after that chilly morning, I assure you.

    Another place we found very creepy a few years ago was the old church of Fuerty in Co. Roscommon. Back when we went, vines crept over the whole place, and it seemed ready to crumble. The graveyard was wild with overgrown, brown, dead grass even when the surrounding fields were green. Cracked stones left gaping holes open in old crypts and bones were even visible in one of them.

    Today the old church is tidy and clean, and the crypts and walkways repaired. A sign with local information stands near the gate. We have ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures.

  4. I felt a lot of activity at the Rock of Cashel. I would *so* love to be able to spend the night there!

  5. I’d not call it a favorite experience, really, but the feeling of sadness and despair is quite strong for me in what used to be the workhouse in Letterkenny, County Donegal. It is now the county museum, but after a short time there, I couldn’t stay. Even now, years later, when I pass by that way I don’t go onto the grounds for that reason.

    and though I don’t find the place in this photo http://musicroad.blogspot.com/2011/10/ghosts-and-stories.html
    especially spooky in real life — it’s part of the ruins of a church in County Louth, which was also used for several other purposes over the years — still strikes me as eerie, a feeling I was not aware of while making it.

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