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County Armagh Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Woman in White

Location: Armagh - Armagh Gaol
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2010
Further Comments: During a fashion shoot in this former prison, studio photographer Alan Wells caught a strange white female apparition in the background of one of his images.

An image of a ghost trapped in a bottle.

Green Lady

Location: Armagh - Vicar's Hill
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a green lady was said to have been captured in a bottle and bricked up in a window of a property here.

Floating Head

Location: Bessbrook - Bessbrook Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2022
Further Comments: The local press featured a photograph that purported to show a floating, glowing head that manifested in a darkened room at night. Stories of the room being haunted by a ball of light go back to at least 2012.

McCutcheon's Ghost

Location: Blackwatertown - Unknown house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early 1920s
Further Comments: McCutcheon, a local woman, dabbled in spiritualism and was subsequently visited by poltergeist activity. One man witnessed large bags of animal feed being moved around on their own. McCutcheon's bed would shake and move abruptly, as would other pieces of furniture. A priest was called to quieten the entity - he succeeded, but was left so exhausted, he vowed never to perform the ritual again.

Travelling South

Location: Jonesborough - Adavoyle railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post-1921
Further Comments: For several years after a derailment which killed several men and horses, operators of the gate would report seeing train lights heading towards them, although the train never passed.

An old illustration of a cat.

The Cat

Location: Jonesborough - Moyry Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Twelve men left to guard this castle accidently shot and killed the local wizard. The wizard's familiar was a large black cat which took revenge by killing the castle's domesticated animals, leaving them without fresh food.

Passenger Train

Location: Killeavy - Railway line, Barney's Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom train is only seen at a distance and vanishes without trace at Barney's Bridge.

Moving Scones

Location: Killylea - Unidentified farmhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa January 1924
Further Comments: Occupants watched a plate of scones move across a surface and drop into a bucket of water. Dishes were also thrown around the kitchen. Neighbours blamed fairies and the press blamed a poltergeist.


Location: Loughgall - Dan Winter's House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: CCTV caught something moving across a room (although it could have been an insect close to the lens). The cottage is said to be the site of many deaths and murders, which have resulted in the site being paranormally active.

Yellow Man

Location: Lurgan - King Street
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 2000s, 05:00h
Further Comments: A witness ran home after encountering the large yellow outline of a man while travelling down King Street.


Location: Lurgan - Railway lines
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Date of last sighting unknown, but reputed to be a nightly event
Further Comments: Drunk after splitting up with his wife, Cuppage decided to try to convince her to return. Knowing that she would be on a certain train, he foolishly stood on the tracks; the train did not stop and Cuppage was decapitated. His headless ghost now walks along the track every night with head tucked under his arm. A slight variant of the tale has Cuppage lose a couple of limbs instead of his head, and now he looks for the missing appendages.

Margorie McCall

Location: Lurgan - Shankhill Graveyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 1705
Further Comments: Margorie McCall was mistakenly pronounced dead and was promptly buried, only to be dug up by grave robbers who cut off her finger to acquire her wedding ring. This brought her out of her coma; the terrified robbers fled, and McCall left the graveyard to go home. Arriving at her house, her grieving husband answered the door and fainted from fright (though one report says he died of a heart attack). Phantom crying can be heard in the graveyard, though whether it is connected to the legend is unclear.

Woman's Face

Location: Portadown - Bann Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2018 (face), other encounters not known
Further Comments: A group photograph taken close to the site of the 1641 Bann bridge massacre may show a ghostly woman (or just be a case of pareidolia). The site is said to be haunted by a woman with child, and on one occasion a pale naked woman standing waist deep in the water was observed, repeating the word 'revenge'.

Small Child

Location: Portadown - Private residence, Carrickblacker Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006-2007
Further Comments: A former male resident here reported cold room (even though the heating was on), a feeling of being watched, and several animals which refused to enter the property. On the day he moved out, a ghostly small child ran by him at the kitchen door and disappeared into the bathroom.


Location: Portendown (now Portadown?) - Portendown Bridge (now Bann Bridge?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1640s
Further Comments: Depending on the account, between one and four hundred people were drowned in the waters by the bridge by rebels. After these murders, people reported seeing the ghosts of drowning men and women or hearing screaming.

Dolly Munroe

Location: Richhill - Richhill Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Dolly is one of several ghosts that are said to haunt the site. The Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association often conduct investigations here and claim that that Dolly's presence has been detected.

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