Here at Irish Chauffeur Travel we’ve done some research and come up with what we think are the 10 most haunted places in all of the Emerald Isle. Ireland has a long and bloody history, which means that naturally, haunted places can be found all over the country, from castles visited by murdered spirits, to pubs run by friendly ghosts, to haunted jails or enchanted lakes Ireland is home to an array of ghostly presences.
So light a fire, curl up to your computer and get ready to learn all about the Ireland’s scariest places to visit.
1. Leap Castle
Leap Castle in County Offaly, in the East Coast and Midlands Region, is considered one of the most haunted places in Europe. Ghost hunters and researchers have studied the history and experienced the presence of spirits. The bloody history of the castle includes murder and massacre of guests and inhabitants.
2. Bram Stockers Estate
As the birthplace of Bram Stoker, author of Gothic novel Dracula – one of the most popular books of the last century, spawning numerous plays and over 200 films – it has a darkly magnetic attraction, the creator of the world’s best-known bloodsucker lived in their home.
Read more on Bram Stoker here
3. Kilmainham Gaol Prison (Kilmainham, Dublin)
A place of suffering, despair and ultimately death, more than a dozen men were shot, including James Connolly, famously strapped to his chair. The blood of these “martyrs” (a not unusual description) made Kilmainham Gaol hallowed and said to be haunted ground to the Republic of Ireland. The building was shut down in 1924. Today, the large and eerie jail is Ireland’s largest unoccupied prison.
4. Charles Fort Kinsale
Charles Fort is Ireland’s resident military haunted sight. The fort, which was built in the 1670s, is often visited by the “White Lady of Kinsale” the “White Lady of Kinsale,” has roamed the grounds of Charles Fort, and has been seen walking through locked doors.
5. Charleville Forest Castle
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The Irish castle has been visited by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics, and many of its guests have reported strange happenings in the castle during their stay. Learn more on the haunted castle
6.Grace Neill’s Bar Donaghadee, County Down
Grace Neill’s in County Down is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland.
Built in 1611, the pub was originally known as “The King’s Arms,” but was renamed after Grace Neill, who ran the inn for many years until her death in 1918 at the age of 98. A ghost of an old woman in Victorian clothing has been spotted in dark corners of the inn, and her spirit can be seen at the front bar, straightening glasses and furniture and switching lights on and off.
7.Grand Opera House Belfast
The magnificent Grand Opera House was opened in Belfast in 1895. Though the building was damaged during the Troubles, it has since been restored to its original splendour. Several ghosts haunt the theatre, but sadly, most of them are unidentified. Cast members have often seen a face looking in at them from a round window on their way down from the dressing rooms on the top floor.
8. St. Michans Church Dublin
St. Michan’s in Dublin is famous for many reasons. The church, built in 1095, contains the death mask of the Irish patriot Wolfe Tone and the organ on which Handel practiced his masterpiece “Messiah” before his first performance in Dublin.
St. Michan’s is well-known for being haunted as well as the home of the Mummies of St. Michan.
9.Ross Castle – Lough Sheelin, County Meath
A famous Irish building steeped in history, Ross Castle is known as one of the most haunted places in all of Ireland and even Britain. Located on the shores of Lough (Lake) Sheelin, the castle was built in 1533 by the Lord of Devon Richard Nugent, a.k.a. the Black Baron.”The Baron’s tragic daughter Sabina is said to haunt the property today.
10.The Grange Stone Circle & Lough Gur
The Grange Stone Circle is a very interesting place and quite eerie even during the day. The locals won’t come near this place after sunset because the belief is that the place returns to the Fey and the other worldly beings. The entities tolerate visitors during the day, but at night it belongs to them and we’re to respect that.
Local legend has it that the ghost of GearÃ³id, Earl of Desmond, is bound to ride across the lake on his milk-white horse once every seven years until its silver shoes are worn out. Only then will it be free of the spell of Lough Gur.
Read here for more on the folklore of Lough Gur