irish-castle

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland ~ Earlier fortifications were built of wood on the same spot prior to 1200 CE.  Around 1210 a stone fortification was built. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry.  Caisleán na Blarnan has been sold and changed hands a number of times.  The castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.  Presently owned by Sir Charles St John Colthurst, the property is open to the public.

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Spooky Places: Ross Castle, Ireland

One of the most haunted places in all of Ireland is a massive structure known as Ross Castle.  Built in 1536, this castle has now been transformed into a Bed and Breakfast.  Visitors to the B&B have reported various descriptions of paranormal activity.  One of the most famous incidents is the reoccurring haunting of a medieval knight named O’Donoghue.  According to legend, each May Day for hundreds of years. O’Donoghue rides past the castle surrounded by other spirits who play music. 

Another popular spirit seen in the castle is that of Myles O’Reilly.  Otherwise known as “The Slasher”, O’Reilly had spent the night at the castle before the Battle of Finea, where he was subsequently killed.

The spirit of a female ghost named Sabina can also be spotted roaming around the castle. After the death of her lover, Sabina had locked herself in a room of the castle until the end of her days.Visitors can still see her spirit searching for her long lost love.

  Those who visit the castle are rarely disappointed. Visitors will often report  being woken up in the middle of the night to the sounds of screams and doors slamming open and shut repeatedly.

(source: http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Irelands-top-ten-haunted-destinations-PHOTOS.html & http://www.ross-castle.com/en/)

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Charleville Castle, County Offaly, Ireland

According to reports, this castle is said to be haunted by the spirit of a little girl named Harriet.  Harriet was the youngest daughter of the third Earl of Charleville.  She met with her tragic death after falling down the main staircase on April 1861.  She was only eight years old. 

Ever since that day, people have reported hearing her singing, laughing, and screaming.  The apparition of a blond haired girl with blue ribbons and a blue and white dress can also be spotted from time to time.  Visitors will often catch shadows and mists within the castle on camera, which they believe to be Harriet. 

(Source:http://charlevillecastle.ie/_mgxroot/page_stories.html)