Top 10 Haunted Irish Castles

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Ireland is an interesting and original country full of legends and mysterious stories. This is where myths blend with real life, and this land is also full of ancient ruins and haunted castles. Check this list of mysterious Irish castles where ghosts may still exist.

Charleville Castle

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This castle situated in Tullamore serves as an excellent gothic example. The ancient forest surrounds it, and it was a famous ritual venue for druids. It was built 2 centuries ago, and local people claim that this building is still haunted by Harriet who was a daughter of one earl. That’s why it’s attractive to ghost hunters.

Leap Castle

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It was built in the 13th century, and it’s haunted by the spirit of an ancient priest. There are other horrors associated with this castle, including the story of The Elemental related to many myths. This ghost is believed to have its inhuman gray face, and it appears only when people provoke it.

Ross Castle

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It was built about 500 years ago by Nugent who had a beautiful daughter who met a local guy and fell I love with him. They wanted to escape, but they tragically died in the end. Modern visitors claim that they see her ghost in the castle.

Leamaneh Castle

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It’s situated in Kilinaboy, and this castle was built in the 15th century. It’s famous for Red Mary, a ghost with red hair. This woman killed 25 husbands based on legends and stories that claim that she used to hang servants who dissatisfy her.

Dunluce Castle

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It was built in the 13th century and taken by McQuillan a few centuries later. He wanted to marry his daughter to a cousin, but she was in love with another man. This couple tried to escape, but their boat sank, but their bodies weren’t found. Visitors claim that they hear wails and cries.

Ballygally Castle

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It’s haunted by 3 ghosts, including Isabella Shaw who was killed by her husband. Her ghost is friendly, and many visitors say that they feel its presence because of a green mist and unusual noises.

Kilkea Castle

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Nowadays, this ancient castle is a hotel, but its story started in the 12th century. The main legend is about Wizard Earl who had magic powers and suddenly disappeared. Local people say that he appears every 7 years.

Clonony Castle

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It was built in the 16th century and then given by Henry VIII to Boleyn to get the hand of Anne. When she was beheaded, her cousins escaped to this castle and died there. Visitors also see the ghost of a man who looks like a skeleton.

Killua Castle

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It was built in the 18th century and turned into a true gothic castle 1 century later. People claim that it’s haunted by a land steward who took a lot of money for drinks. Lucky visitors can see this man wandering around and haunting castle ruins.

Ardgillan Castle

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The history of this castle dates back to 1738, and it’s famous for the stone stairs where some people see a white female figure, especially at dark night. It’s a ghost of Louisa Connolly who drowned in the sea. This tragedy happened more than 150 years ago, but stairs still remain not ruined and they serve as the railway bridge.

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