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10 spooky haunted places in Ireland

Nowhere are there so many ghost stories as on the Emerald Isle. It is not surprising that the old mansions and castles covered in ivy, the mystical ruins of monasteries shrouded in fog, ancient cemeteries, invite you to spin ghost stories and haunted legends. Or is there perhaps something to the old stories that have been told there for many years? We'll take you to the scariest haunted places in Ireland.

These are the 10 scariest haunted places in Ireland

1. St. Katherine's Nunnery

The haunted ruins of Ireland's oldest nunnery are in what is now County Limerick, near the village of Shanagolden. In Irish, the monastery is called Monasternagalliaghduff, which translates as “Monastery of the Black Nun”. The monastery got this ominous name through the evil deeds of its last abbess. She is said to have gotten involved with the black arts, which is why the monastery was closed at the insistence of the fearful village population. But that didn't stop the abbess from staying alone in the monastery and locking herself in the sacristy. There she found a lonely death. Later on, individual skeletons were repeatedly found around the monastery, the origin and cause of death could never be clarified. Did the abbess have a hand in that?

2. Loftus Hall

The stately home is located on Hook Head in County Wexford in the southeast of the Emerald Isle. The story that made Loftus Hall one of the spookiest places in Ireland is said to have happened on a cold winter night in the 18th century. Sir Charles Tottenham invited friends of the evening to play cards. They were also joined by a well-dressed stranger who won every single round and ridiculed his teammates. When he dropped a card, Tottenham's daughter bent down for it and froze in shock. She saw that the stranger had no feet, but blood-soaked, split hooves. She let out a scream that went through the marrow of all those gathered. The exposed devil fled through the ceiling, cursing. There is still a gap there today that has not been closed since then. Loftus Hall is open to visitors to visit. There you can find out more gruesome stories.

3. Seaforth House

The pathetic remains of what was once the stately Seaforth House are now lonely in the northwest of the Emerald Isle. William Phibbs was the builder of the property and his son excelled in the Orient as an archaeologist. He came home from his travels laden with all sorts of treasures. But no sooner had they found their place than strange things happened at Seaforth House. Poltergeists began to mess around in the hallways and rooms. Screams and noise could be heard and in the morning there was often broken china on the floor. That became too colorful for the servants of the house and they searched the distance. The gentlemen were forced to put the house in the care of several priests who tried to drive out the spirits. This did not succeed, however, and Seaforth House was abandoned. Little by little it is forgotten.

4. Kyteler's Inn

The inn, which looks gloomy from the outside, stands on the former land of Alice Kyteler. She is said to have survived four rich husbands, which the police officers of the village at the time found suspicious. She was soon being accused of witchcraft and charged with how. She could buy her way out with lots of coins. But that was not enough for the bloodthirstiness of the superstitious village community. They wanted to see the witch burn. That's why Alice died at the stake after all. Today's Kyteler’s Inn also goes back to her, which is said to have been a place for socializing and good food even in Alice's time. You can see for yourself. The inn is on St. Kieran's Street in Kilkenny.

5. Ballygally Castle

The picturesque Ballygally Castle is in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The idyllic exterior should not deceive the visitor, as it is said that this beautiful property is said to be a notorious haunted place in Ireland. There is a touching story behind it. The owner had his wife, Lady Isobel, locked up in a tower of the castle because she could not give him a successor. There the hard-hearted baron almost starved his wife. Out of sheer desperation, she rushed out of the tower window and has been walking the corridors of the castle as a restless ghost ever since. Today Ballygally Castle is a beautiful hotel. Whenever you stay there, be sure to keep an eye out for the ghost of Lady Isobel.

Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim; by Dave Napier /BallyGalley Castle

6. Friar’s Bush Graveyard

This Belfast cemetery is peaceful and dreamy during the day. Small paths lead between ivy and moss-covered tombs, on which the visitor can explore the cemetery, which has existed since the 5th century. In times of plague and cholera, many nameless dead found their final resting place here - or not, because time and again there were people who wanted to have seen ghosts in the cemetery and in its vicinity. Perhaps the most prominent case even caused a public stir. Near the Friar’s Bush Cemetery, an underground tunnel connects one Queen’s University building with another. During renovation work, a construction worker claims to have felt invisible hands that touched his arms while he was working down there.

7. Charleville Castle

The proud castle is located in County Offaly in the heart of Ireland, near the city of Tullamore. The ghost of the daughter of the previous owner is at work in this castle. The little daughter is said to have done gymnastics on the parapet of the great staircase, lost her footing and hit the cold stone floor from one of the upper floors. She died instantly, leaving her heartbroken parents behind. Since then, strange things have happened in the castle rooms from time to time. A child was locked in a closet, screams are said to be heard at night and many a guest have not found their peace.

8. John's Bridge

John’s Bridge in County Kilkenny connects downtown Kilkenny with John Street. At night, ghostly figures are said to be seen in the water under the bridge. It is probably the 16 lost souls that were on the bridge when it collapsed during the terrible flood in 1763.

9. St. Columb’s Cathedral

St. Columb’s Cathedral is the pride of Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland. This haunted place in Ireland is still quite young. When the grave of the former Bishop William Higgins was accidentally damaged during construction work in and around the church, he was transferred to the church. And so began the chain of strange occurrences. Footsteps in the pulpit, the organ that suddenly began to play itself, strange creatures that you could make out in photographs in front of the church.

10. Leap Castle

Leap Castle is described by many as Ireland's scariest haunted place in Ireland and the castle actually exudes something dark, even eerie. It is located in County Offaly in Northern Ireland, more precisely in Coolderry. It was built in 1250 by the O’Bannon family. In their hands it did not last long and with each of the subsequent clans, who called Leap Castle their home, there were bloody hereditary enmities. Numerous skeletons were last found in the walls of the castle in 1920, which apparently must have been impaled on pointed wooden poles. Why they died in such a horrible way could not be clarified.

Leap Castle, Coolderry, Co. Offaly, by Photographer: Brian Morrison, Creating Agency: Tourism Ireland