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County Wexford Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

A procession of chanting monks.


Location: Bannow Bay - Tintern Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Travelling by the light of burning torches, a line of monks can be seen moving towards the abbey, chanting Gregorian hymns.

Empty Coffin

Location: Castleboro - Castleboro House
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1856
Further Comments: Lady Carew reported seeing a phantom funeral procession on the lawn of the house - two days later she became informed of her husband's death, which had occurred at the moment she had her 'vision'.

William Marshal

Location: Churchtown - Hook Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: William Marshal, the builder of this lighthouse, is said to continue to haunt the site. A ghostly hooded monk has also been reported in the area.

A ghostly shadowy figure haunting a road.

Archibald Jacob

Location: Clough Mills - Road between Clough Mills and Wilton Castle, Black Stream area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Renowned for his monstrous temper, Captain Jacob died when his horse stumbled and threw him from the saddle, breaking his neck. Jacob's ghost remains in the area, probably still a little angry.

Harry Alcock

Location: Clough Mills - Wilton Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840 onwards
Further Comments: Once a year, as the sun sets, a phantom carriage moves away from the castle carrying Harry. Folklore says the ghostly sight to have been so common that dozens of people would gather to watch. The building also had the reputation to be haunted by a former magistrate and a one-time actress.


Location: Duncannon - Duncannon Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: Home to several ghost hunts, several occurrences were reported to have occurred, including ghostly tapping, unexplained shadows, cold spots, and phantom prisoners.

Bed Mover

Location: Enniscorthy - Private residence, Court Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 1910
Further Comments: A lodger by the name of Randell became the centre of focus for a short lived poltergeist at this property. For three weeks his bed covers would be thrown off, his bed moved, and strange sounds and disembodied footsteps plagued his room. Randell moved out three weeks later, having lost around 4 kilograms in weight, and the strange activity ceased.

Grey Lady

Location: Enniscorthy - St. Senan's Hospital (closed 2015)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly grey lady spotted around the hospital is considered to be a nurse or matron.

Hessian Cavalry

Location: Foulkesmill, Horetown - Battle of Horetown site and Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The entire Battle of Horetown is replayed on its anniversary, while a lone Hessian trooper is seen standing by a tree along Green Road where his body is thought to be buried.

White Woman

Location: Foulkesmill, Horetown - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom woman, dressed in a white dress with pink trim and holding a broom, manifested to a witness and floated through a bedroom. Another witness had a similar encounter in an adjoining room.

Partying Fairies

Location: New Ross - Maudlin's Bridge area
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Circa early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Local man Davy Hanlon met a troupe of fairies upon this bridge. They whisked him away to a distant wine cellar where Davy drank with the little people. They allowed him to keep a silver goblet and returned him home, although he became bedridden for many months after his encounter.


Location: New Ross - St Mary's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2021
Further Comments: A photograph taken of the church at night revealed a blurred female form walking on a path. Although the 'phantom' is likely a real person caught at a slow shutter speed, several mediums stated the woman's spirit to be trapped in the wall outside the church.

Serving Girl

Location: Rathnure - Coolbawn House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom came into being after a lightning strike killed a serving girl standing by the window. Even though the site is now ruins, the girl's ghost is still said to look from the remains.


Location: Scarawalsh - Bridge
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sounds of a ghostly battle, complete with screams, horses and cannon fire, have been heard here.

Slim Woman

Location: Slade - Loftus Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman in white died of the traditional broken heart after her father drove away her one true love. The entity has been reported exorcised. Another story attached to the site says that the Devil arrived one night to join a game of cards. Old Nick fled after one gambler spotted a cloven foot under the table.

Colman's Ducks

Location: Templeshanbo - Church of Templeshanbo
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pond which could once be found here contained indestructible ducks. Animals which tried to hunt the ducks would be found dead, and one man who accidently took one of the birds home and put it in a cooking pot found his fires burnt cold until he released the duck.


Location: Wexford - Bride Street
Type: Other
Date / Time: 07 August 2022, 22:30h
Further Comments: A photograph appeared in the local press showed a pair of disembodied feet outside the gates of Bride Street Church. While the image looked spooky, the effect is likely caused by a long shutter speed.

Mary Anne Wildes

Location: Wexford - Cape Bar and Undertakers (aka Cape of Good Hope, aka Mackens)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Photographer Simon Bloom killed his assistant Mary Anne Wildes before trying to take his own life. Simon failed and, at his trial, found guilty of Mary's murder. The crime occurred in the flat above the bar; as such, folklore says that Mary makes an occasional appearance.

A ghost ship.


Location: Wexford - Sea off the quay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly sailing ship is reputed to occasionally put in an appearance just off the coast.

de la Roche

Location: Wexford - Selskar Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Alexander de la Roche founded this abbey. Once piece of folklore says that Alexander temporarily left his girlfriend for the Crusades, and after a few years she received news that Alexander had died. The woman became a nun. Alas, Alexander's death had been erroneously reported and he returned to marry his former love. Unable to do so, Alexander became a monk, although they are now united in love in ghostly form (possibly). Another piece of folklore says there are secret passageways under the building, and a drummer once tried to investigate them (with his friends listening on the surface); his drumming abruptly ceased during the exploration and he never emerged.

Cromwellian Treasure

Location: Wexford - St Michael's Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Cromwellian soldier stands guard over a hidden hoard of treasure somewhere in the area.

Executed Screaming

Location: Wexford - Wexford Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Around seventy protestant prisoners were executed on this bridge in 1798. Although the bridge has been replaced, the new build remains at the same site as the original; the screams of the executed can still be heard.

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