Ireland has a long, long history rife with wars and massacres. When visiting Ireland in October or around Halloween, you must visit a few castles and houses that have a few ghosts here and there. That is, assuming you’re a believer in the paranormal.
This is the story of one wedding and three funerals: the story of Charles Fort (near Kinsale) is quite the tragedy. It’s famously haunted by a bride named Wilful Warrender, who flung herself to her death from the fort wall after her groom was killed on the night of their wedding. Her father is the one who shot him. It was during wartime, her father was under the impression that her husband was an intruder. Grief stricken by his daughter’s suicide, he shot himself. Warrender is called “the White Lady” by locals because whenever she’s sighted, she’s in her wedding dress.
The prison is famous for its political prisoners or Easter Rising leaders like Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Charles Parnell, Eamon de Valera and others, Kilmainham Gaol is supposedly full to the brim with spirits. Many died in the prison, which is now a popular museum. Not only are there ghosts of former inmates floating about, but seemingly there are plenty of prison warden spirits, who are of the malevolent sort.
King Henry II of England built Malahide castle for his dear friend Sir Richard Talbot in Malahide, Co.Dublin in 1185. As on of the oldest castles in Ireland, Malahide castle is apparently haunted by at least five ghosts. Walter Hussey, Miles Corbett, Lord Chief Justice and his wife Maud Plunkett, haunt the castle, but the most notably is the castle’s jester, Puck of Malahide. Word got out that Puck had fallen in love with one of the prisoners, Lady Elenora Fitzgerald, and within days he was found mysteriously stabbed to death outside the castle. As the story goes, with his last dying breath, Puck made a promise that he’d haunt the castle – apparently he stood by it. T
The castle is situated on the edge of Lough Lane in Killarney. Now a B&B, this five bedroom stone castle built in 1536. The story is that every May Day, a medieval knight named O’Donoghue rides along the Lane past the castle accompanied by a group of spirits who play music behind him. Inside the castle, visitors have reported waking up in the middle of the night to sounds of screams or doors repeatedly opening and slamming shut. One of the spirits is believed to be Myles ‘the Slasher’ O’Reilly, an Irish folk hero who spent his last night in Ross Castle before dying in battle in 1644.