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County Antrim Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Sinking Coach

Location: Antrim - Antrim Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A coach pulled by a team of four horses which sunk into the pond drowning all on board is seen repeating the tragic accident once a year. In addition, a stone wolfhound which stands by the gateway is said to have once been flesh and blood - the dog gave a warning to an advancing sneak attack upon the castle before turning into rock. It now safeguards the Clotworthy family name on the condition it is never removed. Finally, the sound of heavy breathing can be heard coming from the ruined building.

Bloody Puddle

Location: Antrim - Mussenden Temple library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A mysterious patch of blood occasionally appears on the floor of this building, evaporating away a few minutes later.

Hanged People

Location: Antrim Town - Corner of the Belmont Road and Cunningham Way
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A few residents to the area have spotted ghosts of people hanging from the trees. Local folklore says that this was once the location of a hanging tree.

Female Cyclist

Location: Antrim town - Dublin Road (poss. British Road), towards the airport
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: While travelling to work, a man spotted a young girl wearing a long 1900's type dress cross the road on an old fashioned bicycle. When the witness reached the point where he had seen her, he realised that there were no gaps in the heavy hedge rows and that on either side of the road deep ditches leading into heavily ploughed fields made it impossible for anyone to cross at that point.

Black Panther

Location: Ballybogy (aka Ballybogey) - General area
Type: ABC
Date / Time: September 2002
Further Comments: The RSPCA, while searching for a mountain lion which had left paw prints in Portballintrae, discovered more tracks which they claimed were made by a black panther.

Operation Big Cat

Location: Ballybogy (aka Ballybogey) - General area and surrounding countryside
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: A joint army and police team created 'Operation Big Cat' after two dead calves were found and a local man admitted releasing a puma and a panther from his private collection. Although there were dozens of sightings and livestock attacks, the cats were never caught.

Black Nun

Location: Ballycastle - Graveyard
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says if you walk around Julia McQuillan's (aka the black nun) grave seven times clockwise, seven times anticlockwise and then place your hand through the hole in the grave, you will summon the ghost of the nun. McQuillan was a recluse who became renown after issuing seven prophesies.

Lady Isobel Shaw

Location: Ballygally - Ballygally Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady Isobel jumped to her death from an upper window to escape a slow lingering death administrated by her husband. She now knocks on various doors before running away. Madame Nixon is named as another ghost to be found here and can be recognised by the rustling of her dress.

Hell Gate

Location: Ballymena - Dundermot Mound
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dundermot Mound is reported to be the location of a secret entrance to hell - occasionally it opens, releasing demons who take any witnesses straight to the underworld.


Location: Ballymena - Dundermot Mound
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom coach and four rides around the area. The ghostly driver will ask anyone he spots 'is the bridge at Glarryford still up?' - any answer the witness gives will ensure that they will die within a year (so I suggest looking at your feet and saying nothing).

Headless Horseman

Location: Ballymena - Road leading to the White Gates, Crebilly Road area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A robber escaping from a house rode into a thin piece of wire tightly pulled between the gateposts here, losing his head in the process. His decapitated shade is either seen or heard at Halloween, still on horseback.


Location: Ballymena - Tullyglass Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Carrie is believed to have died in the tower around two hundred years ago when the Tullyglass was a mansion house.

George Hutchinsons

Location: Ballymoney - Main Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, every Friday the thirteenth (reoccurring)
Further Comments: With a large metal ball chained to his ankle, George 'Bloody' Hutchinsons walks one way down the street before turning back again. It is reported that anyone who can prevent him from completing his journey will dismiss the spirit forever.

Pipe Smoker

Location: Ballymoney - Private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A few ghosts are said to haunt this property. A couple of female forms flitter around, while a male pipe smoker and an authoritative man are also reported. Poltergeist-like activities have included banging sounds, doors opening, and footsteps.


Location: Ballymoy - Ballymoy Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Saturday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Invisible wraiths are said to sweep the castle clean each Saturday.

John Savage

Location: Belfast - Ardilea Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: John Savage owned a few properties along this road. After he committed suicide, his ghost was said to return to this area.


Location: Belfast - Belfast Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1986
Further Comments: A prison officer reported hearing heavy rubber-soled boots while on his rounds, even though all staff were issued with sneakers. Believing his co-workers were playing a joke on him, he checked up on them, and found that they were playing cards. A couple of hours later, the officer heard a voice call out 'numbers C3', though once again could not find who was responsible. Asking his co-workers if they were responsible, they denied it, and recommended that the officer did not say anything to anyone.


Location: Belfast - Cavehill Park, Upper Hightown end
Type: ABC
Date / Time: 31 August 2008
Further Comments: Several independent witnesses called the police to report a sandy coloured cat in this park. The nearby Belfast Zoo reported no animals missing. A search of the area by police failed to find the feline.

Daniel Joseph Jaffe

Location: Belfast - City Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Daniel is said to have started haunting the area around his monument after it was vandalised.


Location: Belfast - Craigavon House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2014
Further Comments: East Coast Paranormal Society carried out an investigation on this site and claimed to have caught a bearded figure reflected in a mirror. Another entity said to haunt the building is 'Ethel', a former matron who worked on the site when it was a hospital.


Location: Belfast - Crown Bar
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Paranormal investigator Michael Hirons claimed to have contacted a former prostitute named Amelia and previous landlord Michael Flannagan during a seance. Amelia is said to have broken her neck after falling down the stairs of the bar.

Face in a Coffin

Location: Belfast - Crumlin Road Prison (now a museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A visitor who lay in a coffin for a photograph later realised that the captured image showed a strange face next to his. It is worth noting that the photograph is likely to be a case of pareidolia rather than the paranormal. The prison is also home to a phantom man seen walking down C Wing, and the sounds of both male and female voices.

Hand Holder

Location: Belfast - Friar's Bush area - tunnel running between two areas of Queen's University
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One person reported a phantom hand which clasped their own as they walked through the tunnel.


Location: Belfast - HMS Caroline
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Currently undergoing refit as a museum, HMS Caroline is reputedly home to a phantom stoker who is said to have committed suicide on the ship.


Location: Belfast - Horseshoe Bend
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards, last seen 2008
Further Comments: A vanishing hitchhiker is reported to haunt this area, last seen by a group of five friends driving through the area.

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