Planning a road trip in your classic car for October? Travelling to spooky destinations is a great way to celebrate the month as we get closer to Halloween. Ireland has its fair share of haunted locations, and we’re giving you some background on the most spine-tingling. From Leamaneh Castle to Glenullin, here are some must-see places.
Our Lady’s Hospital and St Kevin’s Asylum, Cork
Considered the creepiest place in Cork, the Asylum was originally built to accommodate 500 patients. Conditions were terrible, with inhumane practices carrying on for years. It became known as a ‘Chapter of Horrors,’ which eventually led to it being abandoned. Even though there’s been a lot of renovation recently, an air of evil hangs around the place.
Leamaneh Castle, County Clare
Leamaneh Castle has a dark history, dating back to the 17th century. It’s reported the ghost of Red Mary wanders the empty halls, who cut a bloody swathe through her home. Along with her fiery temper, Mary was notorious for abusing her servants and husbands. She pushed her third husband out of third-storey window and hung her maidservants by their hair. Even if you don’t see a ghost, the castle’s eerie atmosphere is unmistakable.
Coolbawn House, County Wexford
A famous Tudor Revival building, Coolbawn House was built during the 19th century. It’s said that an unlucky servant girl haunts the place after she was killed on a stormy night. She was standing close to a window in one of the upper rooms when she was struck by lightning. The figure of her body was burned into the panes of the glass and though the house was burned down by the IRA, the spectre still haunts the ruins.
The village of Glenullin is the site of Abhartach’s Sepulchre, the grave of the warlord who started the legend of the vampire. According to folklore, Abhartach was a vicious chieftain who was slain and came back to life, demanding a blood tribute. He was stopped for good with a yew sword and buried upside down beneath a large stone. It’s possible Bram Stoker took inspiration from Abhartach to create Dracula.
Duckett’s Grove, County Carlow
Built in the 1700s, Duckett’s Grove is the epitome of a Gothic estate, featuring dark towers, high-stacked chimneys and brooding statues. It’s been a place of supernatural activity for decades. For example, the mythical Banshee has been spotted there, as well as ghosts of the Duckett family. Eyewitnesses have reported seeing strange lights and hearing voices as they’ve wandered the grounds.