County Galway - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Short Men in Green

Location: Aran Island - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1992
Further Comments: A fifteen year old boy spotted two figures sea fishing, each just over a metre tall, dressed in green and wearing brown shoes. The figures chattered to each other in Irish before jumping up and vanishing. One of the figures left a small pipe behind which the witness took, although it later disappeared when 'safely' locked away.


 
 


Mantelpiece

Location: Athenry - Dunsandle House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost of a tall man attached itself to the mantelpiece which was in this house - when a stoneworker took the piece away, the ghost followed both it and him and began to haunt his workshop. Items were thrown around, and strange fiddling could be heard at night. It is unclear whether the new owner returned the mantelpiece or smashed it up.


 
 


Knocking Girl

Location: Ballinasloe - Rathpeak House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An unknown young girl has sometimes been seen standing by an upstairs window in the ruined house. There are reports of strange, loud bangs which drift from the empty building.


 
 


First Irish Case?

Location: Ballybane - Private residence, Clareview Park
Type: SHC
Date / Time: 22 December 2010
Further Comments: The BBC reported that Dr Ciaran McLoughlin, West Galway coroner, had recorded a verdict of spontaneous combustion in a case he had investigated. The body of Michael Faherty had been found in his living room, totally burnt, although damage to the rest of the room was minimal.


 
 


Trotting Dog

Location: Ballygar - Lane in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1913
Further Comments: Potentially last seen by a cyclist, the black dog which haunted this area would vanish into thin air as witnesses looked on.


 
 


Bear-faced Man

Location: Ballymacward - Lane near Woodlawn railway station
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two people walking home after leaving the station heard groaning coming from over a wall. One climbed up to have a look, and observed a creature with a man's body but with the head of a bear. The witness tried to speak to the strange creature, but it told him 'don't speak to me' before wandering off.


 
 


Large Eel

Location: Ballynahinch - Bridge near to Ballynahinch Castle
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: A long eel-like creature remained stuck under this bridge for two days.


 
 


Christopher St George

Location: Clarinbridge - Tyrone House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Christopher came from a strongly Protestant family, but fell in love with and married a Catholic woman. His family immediately disowned him, his ghost a testament to his protests of being unfairly treated.


 
 


Loathsome Creature

Location: Clifden - Lough Fadda
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1954 onwards
Further Comments: After spotting this strange water creature, one of the witnesses had nightmares for weeks after the event, and refused to return alone to the lake. She said the creature was long and black, with smooth skin and a head like a shark.


 
 


Horned Eel

Location: Connemara - Lough Nahioon (also spelt Nahooin)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 22 February 1968
Further Comments: A family watched this creature, almost four metres long, swimming around the lake. It was described as dark and long without hair or eyes, and possessed two horns at the top of the head.


 
 


Strangler

Location: Connemara - Renvyle House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This house is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a man who strangled himself with bare hands. Doors are reported to open and close unaided, while figures have been seen reflected in mirrors. One phantom on the site is named as 'Old Mrs Gogarty', while little is known about the man dressed in tweed.


 
 


Murdered Pirates

Location: Cummer - Castle Dunanore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sometimes one can see a ghostly ship drop anchor just off the coast; the battle scarred sailors use smaller boats to row to the castle where they carry chests and sacks of gold and jewels into the ruined structure.


 
 


WB Yeats

Location: Galway - Renvyle House hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Yeats treated this building as home away from home, and is believed to still reside here. Several of the rooms are also haunted by the ghosts of children.


 
 


Claddagh Nun?

Location: Galway - The Long Walk
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: February 2012
Further Comments: An image from photographer Jonathan Curran showed what looked like a nun standing along the Long Walk at Claddagh, although the woman may just be a living person who popped up at the wrong time...


 
 


Rhino-Like Creature

Location: Glinsk - Lough Dubh, aka Black's Lake, between Glinsk and Roscommon
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: March 1962
Further Comments: A cow-sized creature was hooked by a man and his son out fishing along the river - the monster emerged from the water after the younger of the two snagged it with his hook. The strange beast was described as having short stumpy legs, small ears, and a single horn protruding from its nose.


 
 


Water Horse

Location: Gort - Coole Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lake is said to be home of a mysterious water monster resembling a horse.


 
 


Norman

Location: Gort - Islandmore Castle (also known as Thoor Ballylee)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989
Further Comments: W B Yeats believed his summer home to be shared by a ghost of a Norman soldier, although a photograph taken 1989 shows a shadowy child.


 
 


Giant Eel

Location: Gort - Lough Graney
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: At least one swimmer in the Lough has been chased by a wriggling water monster, named by locals as a giant eel.


 
 


Large Swimming Creature

Location: Lough Auna - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A local farmer spotted a grey creature in the lough during the sixties, while in 1969 Royal Netherlands Air Force Commodore Kort claimed to have witnessed a life form with a pointed back swimming through the water.


 
 


Partying

Location: Loughrea - Castle Daly
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The echo of a party, complete with music and laughter, can be heard from the building, though some reports say the celebrations end with screams and cries for help.


 
 


Sad Old Man

Location: Maam Cross - Old dirt road running along a hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom stands on a sharp bend in the road - cars have passed straight through him.


 
 


Fairy Battle

Location: Taum - Cnoc Meadha, aka Knockmagha, Knockma, or Knock Ma (hill)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa 1846
Further Comments: It was said that a fairies fought openly above the skies of this hill during the potato famine. The hill is also said to be the burial place of Finnbheara, king of the Connacht fairies.


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