An old postcard showing Achill Island.
Achill Island - Ashleam Bay
Vanishes every seven years (timings slightly off in real life)
Folklore says the beach on the bay reappears every seven years before vanishing again. The truth is not that far off; a storm washed away all the sand in 2005, only for it to reappear in November 2017 following another spot of harsh weather.
Achill Sound - Glendarry Lake
One witness said that this lake monster looked like a dinosaur, thought the creature had scales running down its back. Another viewer saw the monster on the lake bank - he described it as four metres in length, with a long neck and a sheep's head. It moved in little 'hops'.
Castlebar - Crillaun - fort
31 October, mid twentieth century
Several lights were said to move in formation from this fort to another on the far side of a nearby lake.
Castlebar - Farmhouse on outskirts
A phantom at work in this unnamed farmhouse would ring the front doorbell and could also be heard walking up and door the stairs.
Claremorris - Old Convent (demolished 2017)
Viewers of a video produced by Frame Production that documented the history of the convent reported seeing a ghostly nun standing by a window in a brief shot. A manager with the production company was quoted in the press as saying he was not convinced that the figure was a ghost.
Cong - Cong Lake
The trout is said contain the spirit of a woman who lost her husband to be. One man who caught the fish found it impossible to cook - after several attempts to roast the trout, the fish transformed into a beautiful woman demanding to be returned to her lake. The man did so.
Croagh Patrick - General area
Most common during Lent
Climbers in the region sometimes hear the ring of a hand bell, which encourages them to keep climbing to the summit, though they never see the bell or bell ringer. The consensus of belief is that the bell is rung by St Patrick himself.
Croagh Patrick - Lough na Corra
Four people watched several strange black creatures playing and diving around the surface of the lake. They said the animals were larger than horses, which they could see standing on the shoreline.
Inishkea Islands - Exact areas unknown
Godstone pre twentieth century, Crane still present?
The Godstone was said to have granted islanders with control over the weather, credited with increasing the speed of potato growth, and could also put out fires. The stone was cast into the sea at some point in the nineteenth century after a religious man took exception to it. The islands were (or are) also home to an immortal crane - the bird is said to have sat alone from the dawn of time, waiting until the end of the world.
Knock - Knock Shrine
21 August 1879, 20:00h
Fifteen people witnessed the apparition of Our Lady, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist. Close by appeared a lamb and angels.
An old illustration of a boar.
Lough Cullin - General area
While Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds Cullin and Conn, they encountered a boar with water leaking from its feet. He hunter and his dogs gave chase; the boar's leaking feet eventually creating Lough Cullin that enabled it to escape and drown Conn in the process.
Lough Mask - Waters of the lough
Seventeen century, and 16 June 1963
A man walking along the bank of Lough Mask had a narrow escape when a water beast jumped from the water and tried to drag him into the water. The man managed to escape and ran for his life. Another version of the story says the beast killed him. A creature seen in the lough during the 1960s was described as eel-like with two humps.
Pontoon - Crossing between Lough Conn and Lough Cullin
This area is reputedly home to a black spectral hound. The ghostly creature is said to cause fear in living dogs.
Scotchfort - Unnamed farmhouse on the bank of Lough Conn
Late nineteenth century
After dark, this property was filled with the sounds of doors being slammed, and pots and pans being noisily cleaned, although on investigation, no kitchenware was ever touched.
Westport - Lake
September 1995 (or 1996)
While taking a shortcut from the town heading to a Youthways, a witness spotted an approaching cyclist. The witness moved to one side to let the cyclist pass, but bike and rider vanished into the lake.
Westport - Ross House, between Westport and Newport
Mid twentieth century
A former maid at the house, Annie was said by the owner to have appeared to him many years after her death. She has also been seen or heard by other family members. Other ghostly figures appear seated by the drawing room fire, and one man reported seeing a loathing face at the window.