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County Antrim Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Bloody Puddle

Location: Antrim - Mussenden Temple library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mysterious patch of blood occasionally appears on the floor of this building, evaporating away a few minutes later.

Sinking Coach

Location: Antrim - Antrim Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A coach pulled by a team of four horses which sunk into the pond drowning all on board is seen repeating the tragic accident once a year. In addition, a stone wolfhound which stands by the gateway is said to have once been flesh and blood - the dog gave a warning to an advancing sneak attack upon the castle before turning into rock. It now safeguards the Clotworthy family name on the condition it is never removed. Finally, the sound of heavy breathing can be heard coming from the ruined building.

Female Cyclist

Location: Antrim town - Dublin Road (poss. British Road), towards the airport
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: While travelling to work, a man spotted a young girl wearing a long 1900's type dress cross the road on an old fashioned bicycle. When the witness reached the point where he had seen her, he realised that there were no gaps in the heavy hedge rows and that on either side of the road deep ditches leading into heavily ploughed fields made it impossible for anyone to cross at that point.

Hanged People

Location: Antrim Town - Corner of the Belmont Road and Cunningham Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few residents to the area have spotted ghosts of people hanging from the trees. Local folklore says that this was once the location of a hanging tree.

Operation Big Cat

Location: Ballybogy (aka Ballybogey) - General area and surrounding countryside
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A joint army and police team created 'Operation Big Cat' after two dead calves were found and a local man admitted releasing a puma and a panther from his private collection. Although there were dozens of sightings and livestock attacks, the cats were never caught.

Black Panther

Location: Ballybogy (aka Ballybogey) - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2002
Further Comments: The RSPCA, while searching for a mountain lion which had left paw prints in Portballintrae, discovered more tracks which they claimed were made by a black panther.

Black Nun

Location: Ballycastle - Graveyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says if you walk around Julia McQuillan's (aka the black nun) grave seven times clockwise, seven times anticlockwise and then place your hand through the hole in the grave, you will summon the ghost of the nun. McQuillan was a recluse who became renown after issuing seven prophesies.

Lady Isobel Shaw

Location: Ballygally - Ballygally Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady Isobel jumped to her death from an upper window to escape a slow lingering death administrated by her husband. She now knocks on various doors before running away. Madame Nixon is named as another ghost to be found here and can be recognised by the rustling of her dress.

Headless Horseman

Location: Ballymena - Road leading to the White Gates, Crebilly Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A robber escaping from a house rode into a thin piece of wire tightly pulled between the gateposts here, losing his head in the process. His decapitated shade is either seen or heard at Halloween, still on horseback.

Coachman

Location: Ballymena - Dundermot Mound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach and four rides around the area. The ghostly driver will ask anyone he spots 'is the bridge at Glarryford still up?' - any answer the witness gives will ensure that they will die within a year (so I suggest looking at your feet and saying nothing).

Hell Gate

Location: Ballymena - Dundermot Mound
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dundermot Mound is reported to be the location of a secret entrance to hell - occasionally it opens, releasing demons who take any witnesses straight to the underworld.

Carrie

Location: Ballymena - Tullyglass Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Carrie is believed to have died in the tower around two hundred years ago when the Tullyglass was a mansion house.

Pipe Smoker

Location: Ballymoney - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A few ghosts are said to haunt this property. A couple of female forms flitter around, while a male pipe smoker and an authoritative man are also reported. Poltergeist-like activities have included banging sounds, doors opening, and footsteps.

George Hutchinsons

Location: Ballymoney - Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, every Friday the thirteenth (reoccurring)
Further Comments: With a large metal ball chained to his ankle, George 'Bloody' Hutchinsons walks one way down the street before turning back again. It is reported that anyone who can prevent him from completing his journey will dismiss the spirit forever.

Cleaners

Location: Ballymoy - Ballymoy Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Saturday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Invisible wraiths are said to sweep the castle clean each Saturday.

Daniel Joseph Jaffe

Location: Belfast - City Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Daniel is said to have started haunting the area around his monument after it was vandalised.

Lion

Location: Belfast - Cavehill Park, Upper Hightown end
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 31 August 2008
Further Comments: Several independent witnesses called the police to report a sandy coloured cat in this park. The nearby Belfast Zoo reported no animals missing. A search of the area by police failed to find the feline.

Footfalls

Location: Belfast - Belfast Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1986
Further Comments: A prison officer reported hearing heavy rubber-soled boots while on his rounds, even though all staff were issued with sneakers. Believing his co-workers were playing a joke on him, he checked up on them, and found that they were playing cards. A couple of hours later, the officer heard a voice call out 'numbers C3', though once again could not find who was responsible. Asking his co-workers if they were responsible, they denied it, and recommended that the officer did not say anything to anyone.

John Savage

Location: Belfast - Ardilea Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: John Savage owned a few properties along this road. After he committed suicide, his ghost was said to return to this area.

Green Triangle

Location: Belfast - Above Yorkgate shopping centre
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 12 November 2006
Further Comments: Shoppers at the centre reported seeing a green triangular ufo cross the sky above them.

Wind

Location: Belfast - Raphael Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It was said that even on calm days, a strange wind would pass along this street, blowing items over and along with ease.

Ethel

Location: Belfast - Craigavon House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2014
Further Comments: East Coast Paranormal Society carried out an investigation on this site and claimed to have caught a bearded figure reflected in a mirror. Another entity said to haunt the building is 'Ethel', a former matron who worked on the site when it was a hospital.

Victorian Lady

Location: Belfast - Private house, Fromme Street (since demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Gerald J Tate wrote that his brother awoke to find a young Victorian woman in his bedroom. She wore a blue dress and had around her neck a locket holding a shiny stone. The brother fled the house and ran to his parents who lived just around the corner. A few years later Gerald was talking to a co-worker when his discovered the man's uncle had lived in the same house and had experienced some violent poltergeist-like effects, including almost being pushed down the stairs by an unseen force.

Fading Man

Location: Belfast - Private house along Windsor Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: Unable to sleep one night, this witness turned over in bed to see a semi-transparent young man smiling down at her. He had very short hair, wore a collarless shirt and had braces on his trousers. The witness said there was a warm and friendly atmosphere in the room. The ghostly figure slowly faded away.

Victorian in Crinoline

Location: Belfast - Old Belfast Crown Court
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: It was reported that RUC officers on night duty watched a Victorian lady wearing Crinoline ascend the back staircase and continue along the corridor, before disappearing through the end wall.

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