County Cork

 
 


Dancing with the Devil

Location: Mallow - Majestic Ballroom
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1960s?
Further Comments: According to one legend, a particularly good looking stranger asked a local girl at the ballroom to dance with him. She did so, but halfway through the tune the girl collapsed to the floor and the man quickly left. Upon recovering from her swoon, she told her friends she had looked down at his feet during the dance and spotted cloven hooves!


 
 


Not Boxer

Location: Mawbeg - Bridge over the River Bandon
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Mick Donovan spotted this phantom hound and mistook it for his own dog 'Boxer', calling out to the creature until he realised that the entity was a ghost.


 
 


Changeling

Location: Minane - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A changeling child was whipped and left at a crossroads after being substituted for a healthy human baby.


 
 


VBM

Location: Mitchelstown - Grotto
Type: Other
Date / Time: 05 September 1985
Further Comments: After becoming another hotspot during 1985 for BVM reports, several children reported seeing the statue change into a demonic figure.


 
 


Shouting Shepherd

Location: Mitchelstown - Mitchelstown Caves
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly shouts sometimes heard emerging from the caves is said to belong to a man looking for a fairy ewe which had helped him become wealthy. When the creature grew too old to produce quality wool, the shepherd tried to kill the creature, which escaped and led all his flock into the caves.


 
 


Mahon Mac Mahon

Location: Monkstown - Giantís Stairs
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Rocks still present
Further Comments: Several giants lived in the cave, including Mahon Mac Mahon, who kidnapped children and forced them to work brass and iron. A blacksmith by the name of Robert Kelly managed to enter the cave and return one child to his parents - the child had been missing for seven years, but had not aged a single day since disappearing.


 
 


Woman

Location: Mullagh - Road in the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1880s?
Further Comments: Dan Keohane was said to have encountered a phantom woman who tried to attack him in the early hours of the morning. He managed to keep her at bay with a small piece of steel until the cock crowed and she vanished.


 
 


John Kelleher's Leprechaun

Location: Mushera (mountain) - Rock near the summit
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Kelleher captured a leprechaun under a rock on the mountain, and agreed only to let the creature go if it gave him a purse of coins. The little man told Kelleher that if he dug where he stood, he would find the purse. Kelleher let the leprechaun go, stuck a stick in the ground to mark the position and went home to find a shovel. Returning a short time later, the man found hundreds of identical sticks all stuck in the earth around the area.


 
 


Chicken Eater

Location: Myross - Forests in the area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1921
Further Comments: After the local population of chickens took a dive, the problem was blamed on an unpleasant creature which one local man spotted in the nearby woods. The witness said he passed the monster as it sat on a rock - the size of a dog, the creature resembled a cat, though it had a tapering, bald tail.


 
 


Murderer's Footprints

Location: Newmarket - Glash / Glenamuckla
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Evidence still present?
Further Comments: In the middle of a field, fenced off, can be found two ancient footprints. These are where a reluctant murderer stood and fired a gun at his victim. Village elders say that when it is dewy, more of the murderer's tracks can be seen.


 
 


Breaking Glass

Location: Newmarket - James O'Keeffe Memorial Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The centre was once a convent but was converted to office space once the nuns moved away. One room was said to be haunted by the ghost of a nun who leapt to her death from the window. During the renovation work, builders found the window in this room smashed; they replaced it, but within 24 hours the glass had broken again. A local priest was called to bless the area, after which the glass pane remained intact.


 
 


U-28 Monster

Location: Off Coast - Iberian Wreck
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 30 July 1915
Further Comments: U-boat commander Freiherr George G von Forstner claimed to have encountered a giant 'crocodile-like' creature as the U-28 torpedoed the British steamer Iberian. As the Iberian sank, a huge explosion occurred from under the sea. Moments later, the monster appeared, blown out of the water before travelling back down and sinking beneath the sea.


 
 


Rostron's Monster

Location: Off coast of Cork - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 26 April 1907
Further Comments: Sir Arthur Rostron, while the Chief Officer of the Campania, sketched a long necked sea monster off the coast of Cork. Rostron later became the Captain of the Carpathia, involved in rescuing Titanic survivors.


 
 


White Woman

Location: Passage West - Road towards Cork
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Not much is known about the phantom woman who was said to haunt this road.


 
 


Smuggler's Gold

Location: Spike Island - Golden Rock
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This stash of gold was hidden by a smuggler in an area which came to be known as the Golden Rock. It was said that the hoard was protected by the ghost of a murdered servant.


 
 


Henry Bennett

Location: Wallstown - Road near Wallstown Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Several years following 1642
Further Comments: Henry Bennett was killed during the siege of the castle, which resulted in the structure being burnt down. For several years following his death, Bennett would be seen dressed in Cavalier uniform and holding a pole which he used to block travellers from using the road. If asked to move the pole, he would do so.


 
 


Seaman

Location: Youghal - Fishamble (or Fish Shamble) Lane, no longer present
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom shuffling seaman would be seen moving along this lane, mumbling 'goodnight' to all those he walked passed. There have been no reported sightings since the lane and surrounding buildings were converted into a car park.


 
 


Monk

Location: Youghal - Lighthouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The lighthouse keeper reported hearing the sounds of someone moving around the building, even though he was the only person who worked there. During this time, he also spotted a phantom monk who vanished into thin air. The same apparition is reported to walk around outside the lighthouse, and it has been reported local nuns would hand out sweets to children in return for not telling their parents they had seen the ghost.


 
 


Moll

Location: Youghal - Moll Goggin's Corner
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Moll fell in love with a sailor and was heartbroken when he failed to return from sea. She stood looking out over the water each day on the corner which now bears her name. A slightly more sinister version of the story says Moll was a witch who would cast spells to drown sailors for fun. Either way, her phantom is said to return to the spot.


 
 


Monk in Black

Location: Youghal - Private house along Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: A benevolent ghost, the entity which haunts this building has tried to be helpful, in one case laying a dress out on a bed for a visitor!


 
 


Roundheads

Location: Youghal - Unnamed street in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These Roundhead troops are reputed to haunt Youghal, occasionally being heard walking along the roads.


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