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County Louth Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

Waiting Army

Location: Ardee - Dawson's Mount, aka Garret's Fort
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An enchanted army of ten thousand men was said to be concealed within this hill - when the day comes for the troops to move out, they will slaughter all they come across until a red headed woman tells them they have killed enough.


Location: Ardee - Roads in the area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: To see this phantom coach indicated that someone in the neighbourhood would soon die.

An old photograph of Carlingford Castle.

Henrietta Travescant

Location: Carlingford - Carlingford Castle and Abbey ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A pirate before taking up the residency of Abbess, this woman is thought to be one of the pair of shades seen within the ruins.

An old postcard of Carlingford Lough in County Louth.

Eel-like Creature

Location: Carlingford - Carlingford Lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lough is said to be home to a lake monster which resembles a rather large eel. The site featured in a few news outlets in 2019 after Adrian Shine, a Loch Ness Monster hunter, was invited to investigate the waters.


Location: Carlingford - Mountain
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Coins found 1989-2002, hunt occurs second Sunday of May
Further Comments: There was a flurry of Leprechaun activity on this mountain after a green suit and several gold coins discovered in 1989. Two years later, 'Leprechaun Whisperer' Kevin Woods claimed have contacted Carraig, elder for the 236 remaining leprechauns in the area. The little people are now protected in the area, and while there is an annual Leprechaun Hunt, the only things found are tiny cauldrons which have been left by the fairy folk themselves.

Red Girl

Location: Carlingford - Rectory
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: This figure was watched as she moved towards the door of the rectory, followed by a priest. Both figures vanished, though the girl has been seen since within the building.

James II

Location: Donore - Athcarne Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: James II stayed here just before his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, and now his shade lingers on. He is not alone here, however. A crazy looking girl walks around the area with her hands caked in blood, while a soldier has been observed hanging by his neck from a tree.

Smashing Glass

Location: Drogheda - Barney Mac's public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: March 2015
Further Comments: CCTV caught a full beer glass breaking in two while on a table. While some people blamed a phantom, others said it was down to thermal stress.

An old postcard of Drogheda's Boyne Viaduct.

Crunching Gravel

Location: Drogheda - Boyne Viaduct
Type: Other
Date / Time: June or July 1990, 02:30h
Further Comments: While photographing an eclipse of the moon, two friends heard footsteps walking along the gravel laying on the surface of the viaduct, although no one could be seen.


Location: Drogheda - Newtown Meadows estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2012
Further Comments: Boyne Paranormal Investigators visited the mostly deserted estate after four houses were reported to have strange events occurring within, including toys which would turn themselves on, banging, and the sounds of people moving around in empty rooms.

An old postcard showing Drogheda's River Boyne.

Fleming and Golding

Location: Drogheda - River Boyne
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After Sir Edward Golding and his wife Elizabeth Fleming were drowned in a boating accident, their shades returned to haunt the area. The River Boyne is also the location where the tenth century poet Erard Mac Cossi threw a stone at a swan which fell to earth and transformed into a woman - she claimed to have been metamorphosed by demons who also travelled in the shape of swans.


Location: Drogheda - Saint Peter's Church
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: March 2010
Further Comments: Author Vikki Bramshaw claimed to have video recorded the ghost of Saint Oliver Plunkett, although there is a chance the ghost is a reflection. The ghost had not been seen before nor since.

Hanging Woman

Location: Drogheda - Stagrennan House, Mornington Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Unable to sleep, Frank K rolled over in his bed to turn on the lamp and spotted a woman standing with her back turned to him a couple of metres away. She had mousy brown curly hair in a ponytail tied with a black ribbon and was wearing a black and red vertically striped corset top with white puffy shoulders. Frank thought the woman had entered his bedroom by accident, before realising that she was floating off the ground, and that she had a rope around her neck which stretched towards the ceiling. The apparition quickly faded away.


Location: Drogheda - Unnamed road in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two people travelling by car had to stop and wait for a couple of minutes after a horse with a human's face blocked the road. The terrified couple were frozen with fear and when the creature suddenly vanished, they turned around and drove home.

Old Murphy

Location: Dundalk - Castletown Road leading to bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Murphy originally hailed from the area and took to haunting this stretch of road. The sounds of ghostly rattling chains and clattering feet would be heard moving along the road, only ceasing when they reached the Castletown bridge.


Location: Dundalk - Roche Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rohesia de Verdon promised a builder that if he constructed her a castle, he could marry her. By the time construction was complete, Rohesia had changed her mind and had the builder thrown out of a high window and he died on the rocks below. His ghost can be heard moaning from beneath the window.


Location: Kilcurry - Roads in the area
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A silent, phantom coach was once said to appear whenever a local person was close to death.

An old postcard showing Proleek Dolmen and tomb.

Giant's Grave

Location: Ravensdale - Proleek Dolmen and tomb
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Scottish giant Parrah Boug MacShagean built the dolmen at this site and challenged Fionn mac Cumhaill to combat. Fionn poisoned the nearby river and Parrah died from drinking the water. Parrah's body is said to lay in the nearby tomb. A legend says that if a visitor can manage to land three stones on to the dolmen, their wish shall be granted.

Heinous Horse

Location: Termonfeckin - Road passing Rath House
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1966
Further Comments: Two young adults driving along this road witnessed an otherworldly horse with the face of a man, the creature's eyes bulging from their sockets. The manifestation stood in the road, blocking their path for two minutes before vanishing.

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