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County Donegal Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

Piper Piping

Location: Ballintra - Cave system known as Pullans
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The sound of pipes echoes throughout this cave structure on certain nights, as the ghost of a piper tries to find his way out.


A ghostly green lady.

Green Lady

Location: Ballyshannon - The Barracks, Erne Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This old garrison building was said to be haunted by a green lady, though little more is known about her.

White Horse

Location: Buncrana - Father Hegarty's Rock
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1990s
Further Comments: Four friends quad biking along the cliffs at night were forced to brake when a ghostly white horse appeared and reared up. The horse vanished, but they friends realised that the cliff path had come to an end; if the phantom horse had not appeared, they would have driven over the edge.

Fight

Location: Bundoran - Close to an unidentified stream in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The local giant fought another giant who wandered into his land. The local giant managed to kill the newcomer, who, it transpired, was his son.

Fairy Bridges

Location: Bundoran - Roguey Walk, Tullan Strand
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was said that the Fair Folk danced upon the Fairy Bridges, which are actually naturally formed sea stacks. There is also another formation close by known as the Wishing Chair.

Young Woman

Location: Burt - Lough Swilly close to Burt Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A phantom woman throws herself into Lough Swilly and vanishes as nearby swans cry out. The father of the woman's unborn child, who lived at Burt Castle, had refused to help her, although he was later murdered by a member of the woman's family.

Eaten Calves

Location: Convoy - Unnamed farm
Type: ABC
Date / Time: October 2012
Further Comments: After two calves found half eaten, fears were expressed that a large cat was on the loose in the area. A local RSPCA inspector said it was unlikely that a dog would be able to cause so much damage to the dead animals.

Lady in Blue

Location: Creeslough - Old Ard Mhuire Friary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A priest at the bottom of the friary's staircase spotted a ghostly lady dressed in blue standing at the top. Another phantom woman, this time dressed in white, may haunt the path leading to the beach. Finally, one story places the ghost of a man here, killed by the Whiteboys organisation.


A ghostly lady in blue.

Blue Lady

Location: Creeslough - Unnamed manor house (now demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-1966
Further Comments: The appearance of a phantom woman in blue was said to be so common that she appeared every night. After a team of friars intervened, the ghost was never seen again.

Home

Location: Crolly - An Rampar
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown - modern tradition?
Further Comments: This scenic route, popular with walkers, is said to be home to fairies.

Thrown Stone

Location: Crolly - The Large Rock Of The Foxes Leap, aka Crolly Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Fionn Mac Cumhaill threw this large boulder during the pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne but missed his targets. It is said to grant a wish if three small stones can be successfully thrown on top of it. Another legend says the boulder will roll if the most beautiful maiden in the all the land stands in its shadow.

Weeping Statue

Location: Dungloe - Kerrytown shrine
Type: Other
Date / Time: 29 September 2009, 8pm
Further Comments: Fourteen people claimed to witness crosses that formed in the sky above the shrine, before the statue became animated and began to weep.

Green Lady

Location: Dunlewey - Dunlewey House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is reportedly home to a phantom woman in green.

Humped Creature

Location: Fintown - Lough Muck
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1885
Further Comments: A female witness reported seeing a strange creature with two humps in the lough.

Red Haired Lady

Location: Fintra - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly lady with red hair with a child occasionally sit on the bridge.

The Hungry

Location: Frosses - Roose Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the Great Famine, a pot filled with gruel would be placed on the bridge for passersby to eat. Not everyone who walked along the route survived, and a few of the people who starved to death remain.

The Captain

Location: Gola Roads, Inishinny - Bunbeg, general area
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: After a particularly fierce storm, the body of a boat's captain known to the locals was discovered on the shoreline. His body was taken back to the mainland, though shortly after he briefly appeared in the hamlet, standing in the doorway of a hut.

Forbidden Couple

Location: Greencastle - Northburgh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Another location haunted by a pair of star crossed lovers. In this story, the daughter of Earl William fell in love with the son of a family rival. The son was locked up in the castle and starved to death, while the daughter died trying to help the boy escape. Both now haunt the site.


Lovers reunited after death.

Pair of Lovers

Location: Greencastle - Site of ruined castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The daughter of Earl William and the son of Sir Walter Burk fell in love; unfortunately, their parents were mortal enemies. When Earl Williams discovered the relationship, he locked the young man in a tower to starve to death. When Williams' daughter tried to help her lover, she was killed. The pair are now united as spectres.

Man in a White Suit

Location: Inver - Drumbeg House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly gentleman wearing a white suit supposedly walked around the site. A screaming woman would also occasionally be heard.

Running Woman

Location: Inver - Roads in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman runs out in front of cars, vanishing with a thud when hit, leaving no dent on the vehicle nor evidence she ever existed.

Dancing Fairies

Location: Lough Derg - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Mid nineteenth century
Further Comments: A group of children encountered between eight and ten fairies dancing to music. One of the little people charged towards the children, striking one girl with a plant - the children ran home, and the girl who was hit later collapsed, only waking when a priest visited her.

Rowing Boat

Location: Lough Derg - Waters of the lough
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom rowing boat was said to haunt this body of water, although no crew could ever be seen within. It would be accompanied with music and voices.

Suileach

Location: Lough Swilly - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Sixth century
Further Comments: Suileach was a huge creature with many eyes and spread terror throughout the county. The creature is thought to have been killed by Saint Colum Cuille in the sixth century.

Unknown Creature

Location: Lough Waskel - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1940s?
Further Comments: A fisherman is said to have caught a strange brown creature covered in creamy blotches here.

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