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County Wexford Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places


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 was 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.

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. The ghostly sight was said to have been so common that dozens of people would gather to watch the scene. The building was also said 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.

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 is thought to be buried.

White Woman

Location: Foulkesmill, Horetown - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: This woman, dressed in a white dress with pink trim, was seen by a witness as she floated through the bedroom holding a broom. 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 was bed ridden for many months after his encounter.

Serving Girl

Location: Rathnure - Coolbawn House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The serving girl was said to have been killed by a lightning strike while standing by the window. Even though the site is now ruins, the girl's ghost is still said to look from the remains.

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 the duck was released.

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