County Cork

 
 


Frog Spawn Woman

Location: Glashakinleen East - Road from Newmarket
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - poss early twentieth century
Further Comments: Mr Sheahan spotted a female ghost sitting behind him in his car. He stuck the blade of his penknife into her, and she fell into the road. When he travelled back later to have a look, there was a pile of frog spawn there!


 
 


Serpent

Location: Gougane Barra - Nearby Lake
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Sixth century
Further Comments: St. Finbarr arrived in this area and found a serpent living in the lake. He caught the beast and threw it to one side. It landed many miles away, the impression of its body in the earth filling with water and becoming Lough Allua.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Granard - Unnamed house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John Murphy was working away from home and slept in this house. he was awoken by footsteps in the kitchen. As he went to investigate, the footsteps moved into the yard - John could see nothing. Upon arriving home, Murphy spent three weeks in bed and refused to stay in the haunted house again (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


 
 


Mary Dolofus

Location: Greenfield - Old hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: This hospital was said to have been run by a protestant doctor who would only treat people of the same religion. After the site was left empty, it was said to have become haunted by a woman named Mary Dolofus.


 
 


White Hound

Location: Imogane - Jer. Sullivan’s Cross, travelling from Liscarroll
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While walking to Imogane from Liscarroll, a white dog appeared next to Matt MacMahon and accompanied him home. When Matt opened the gate leading to his house, the hound vanished (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


 
 


Red Capped Fairies

Location: Inchigeela - Close to a stream?
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of fairies dancing around in the moonlight ran away after being told they should talk to a priest to have their question of 'will they go to heaven' answered.


 
 


Our Blessed Lady

Location: Inchigeela - Gortaneadin Grotto
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 1985 onwards
Further Comments: Since 1985 there have been reports of Our Lady appearing to a select few, communicating messages of peace, love and warnings against anger.


 
 


Tail Touch

Location: Kanturk - Barrets Corner
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mr Foley was said to have encountered a phantom hound while passing through this area. The dog's tail brushed against him, and later that night Foley was unable to sleep. He died a few days later.


 
 


Foal

Location: Kanturk - Exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every seven years
Further Comments: This phantom foal would appear - to see it was supposed to indicate your death within a day.


 
 


Angry Dog

Location: Kilbrittain - Road two miles west from the village, and continuing east of village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa 1830s
Further Comments: Three men heading towards Kilbrittain from Clonakilty encountered a large black dog which followed them until they reached a cross in the road, where the hound disappeared. The group split up at this point, but one man reported that the dog reappeared behind him, snapping at him until he arrived home at Ballinspittle. A priest blessed the area where the creature first appeared, and there were no more reported sightings.


 
 


Headless Horseman

Location: Kilcummer - Hill in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was the haunt of a headless horseman who was killed while racing the country roads. His ghost was put to rest after a local man was brave enough to let the decapitated figure ride by his side.


 
 


Shoe Peddler

Location: Kildinan - Kildinan Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The owner of the castle was betrayed by this peddler, though the castle guard soon caught up with the traitor, cut off his head, and stuck it on a spike as a warning to others. The peddler has remained trapped in the building ever since.


 
 


Bull

Location: Kilmacow - Exact location unknown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A pot of gold hidden in the area was protected by a bull which appeared whenever treasure hunters came to the area. Legend said that the only person who could claim the money as his own had the name Foley.


 
 


Burning Chicken

Location: Kilmore - Large Boghole
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A flaming fowl fell from the sky, hitting the bog and creating a bottomless hole.


 
 


White Woman

Location: Kilpatrick - Road near old quarry
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Moonlit nights (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Manifesting when moonlight hit the ground, this white lady is said to have been killed as her horse bolted somewhere north of the village, the panicked creature throwing her into a quarry.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Kinsale - Charles Fort
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1870s
Further Comments: This woman leapt to her death from the battlements after discovering that her father had mistakenly shot dead her newly wed husband. Since her death, she has been seen walking through locked doors and was blamed for knocking at least two witnesses unconscious. The site was also haunted by a rabbit which attacked guards asleep on duty.


 
 


Fisherman

Location: Kinsale - Lanes around Market Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly fisherman is said to walk around these lanes, moving down to the quayside where he vanishes.


 
 


White Lady

Location: Kinsale - Road from Fort to Desmond Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Julian Hawthorne's minor vampire story Ken's Mystery is said to be based on an encounter with a phantom woman who travelled from the fort to Desmond Castle, where she vanished.


 
 


Stone Thrower

Location: Kinsale - St. Multose Church
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: As a scout, Brian O'Neill of the Kinsale Ghost Tour was with a group of nine other lads in the churchyard when they were all simultaneously hit on the side of the head by ten little pebbles.


 
 


Wine

Location: Kinsale - Two Found Out Well (no longer accessible)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The water in a well close to Kinsale was said to turn into wine on New Year's Eve, but anyone who looked into the water at this time would die. A couple went to see if the legend was true, and the following morning their bodies were found next to the well.


 
 


Black Hound

Location: Lismire - Road between village and Bawnmore
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man cutting turf along this road just after dusk was approached by a large phantom hound. The presence worried the man, so he quickly left. It was speculated he was digging close to buried treasure, and phantom animal protecting the hoard.


 
 


Monster

Location: Lough Abisdealy - Waters
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: January 1914
Further Comments: Three witnesses observed the giant black snake as it crossed the lough. The creature was estimated to be some ten and a half metres in length with its head held clear of the water. Its body formed two large loops breaking the surface of the lake as it moved. The creature was said to have developed a taste for the local sheep.


 
 


Rising Dead

Location: Loughane - Mathey graveyard, close to Coffin Field
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A military officer murdered a local priest, and died himself shortly after when his horse threw the man into a swollen river. The officer's men decided to bury him in the closest graveyard, that at Loughane. However, the following night, all the dead took exception to this. The dead rose, grabbed their headstones, crossed the River Shournagh, and reburied themselves where Mathey graveyard is today.


 
 


Cormac Tadhg McCarthy

Location: Macroom - Carrigaphoca (aka Carrigaphouka, aka Carrigaphooca) Castle
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Charged with tracking down Irish rebels, Cormac once ate the flesh of one man he caught. This may have damned him, and as such a few believe he still lurks the ruins of the castle. The site is also home to a Pooca, a ghastly grim entity which reputedly attacks visitors if the opportunity arises.


 
 


Strange Field

Location: Mallow - Fields near Longfield’s Bridge
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer named Lynch was crossing a field en route to Cork. The field was full of people, some kicking a football, others just walking around. Lynch realised that for each step he took, he moved back two. After several hours of getting nowhere fast, two men who Lynch knew to have died took him by the arm, removed him from the field, and escorted Lynch to Longfield's bridge. A week later a farm machine cut off Lynch's arm where the ghosts had touched it, and he died soon after (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


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