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County Antrim Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Phantom

Location: Belfast - McAuley Street Mill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1882
Further Comments: Little is known about the ghost which made a sudden appearance at the old mill here in the nineteenth century.

Hitchhiker

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.

Stoker

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.

White Outline

Location: Belfast - Grey Point Fort, Helen's Bay
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2003
Further Comments: While on a day out, the Garvin family caught a white shape on their video camera. When slowed down on replay, they reported a figure which resembled a Second World War soldier.

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.

Amelia

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.

Biddy

Location: Belfast - Smithfield area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Biddy is said to haunt the area where she drank herself to death after inheriting two hundred and fifty pounds. Her ghost is said to wander the area. In addition, Smithfield was also the location of J. J. Herdman's Mill, where in 1900 an accident killed 13 women and girls. Their ghosts were reported for many years after the tragedy.

Large Figure

Location: Belfast - Private residence, Twaddell Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2008
Further Comments: A large black figure with a bald head was spotted standing by a bed. The figure held his hands down his sides and appeared angry. Some people on the site felt they were being watched after dark, while the back door of the premises would close by itself.

Shadowy Figures

Location: Belfast - York Road Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s - present
Further Comments: A strange person has been reported sitting in the locked canteen at night. This may be the same figure which has been glimpsed in the running sheds - during a bungled robbery, a man was either shot or beaten and subsequently died from his injuries. Night staff have also reported hearing disembodied footsteps in the area.

John Herdman

Location: Belfast - Waterworks
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shot in 1862, John Herdman is said to haunt the area of the Waterworks.

Woman Drinking Coffee

Location: Belfast - Vicarage Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female ghost walks down the street carrying a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in her other.

Figure in Carriage

Location: Belfast - Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2017
Further Comments: Local press published a photograph of a spooky looking figure sitting in a train carriage, although the 'ghost' is most likely accidently created using a slow shutter speed.

Helena Blunden

Location: Belfast - The Irish Linen Mill (currently a print shop)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: N/A
Further Comments: A known hoax which claimed a woman named Helena fell on the basement stairs and was dead before she hit the bottom step.

John Savage

Location: Belfast - The Brickyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Nineteenth century landlord John Savage slit his own throat after suffering what is thought to be a state of depression. His ghost was said to haunt the brickyard.

Elizabeth

Location: Carrickfergus - Dobbin's Inn Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Elizabeth, wife of former owner Hugh Dobbins, had an affair with a soldier stationed at the castle. When Hugh discovered the relationship, he murdered the couple. Elizabeth, also known as Maud, now contents herself by stroking people's faces as they sleep or by making fleeting appearances in the reception area.

Buttoncap

Location: Carrickfergus - Carrickfergus Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Affectionately known as Buttoncap, named after the large button worn on his headdress, this spooky soldier haunts a small area near an old well. Another version of the story says the ghost can be found in the well. The soldier's life ended when he was executed after being falsely accused of sleeping with his commanding officer's wife.

Screaming

Location: Cushendall - Ossian's Grave
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 17 October 2015
Further Comments: As this witness asked his partner to marry him, both heard an almighty scream which lasted several seconds - after the sound subsided, their ears rang for hours afterward. A legend says that Ossian lies resting in the grave, rather than dead, awaiting the moment he can arise.

William Tannahill

Location: Dunmurry - Clothing Mill
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1963
Further Comments: For a three week period after William the night watchman died, his footsteps could be heard patrolling the factory and leaving his former cottage. When a new evening guard was appointed, the footsteps ceased.

Finn's Bridge

Location: Giant's Causeway - Rock formation
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Rock formation still present
Further Comments: Finn McCool, a hero of Ireland, created this rocky causeway to enable a Scottish giant to cross the sea so they could fight. MacCool won the duel after dressing as a baby; the Scottish giant fled home, tearing up the bridge to prevent the Irish giant from following. Also, the ghost of a boy who drowned here in 1910 is still seen playing on the rocks - he wears a soaking wet sailor's suit and vanishes if spoken to.

Moaning

Location: Glenarm - Glenarm Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A woman living at the castle had every room in the castle exorcised, driving the phantom which haunted the building into the attic where it could be heard moaning and stomping. It is unclear whether is occurred before or after a ghostly woman in brown wearing a mob cap was seen. A footman in old garb has also been seen in the garden.

Triangular-Headed Creature

Location: Glenavy - Aghnadarragh Road
Type: Other
Date / Time: August 2012
Further Comments: While walking towards the village, one witness spotted a sixty centimetre tall demonic looking creature with a triangular shaped head. When the creature spotted the witness, it shuffled over a fence and disappeared. UFOs and strange sounds are also reported to have occurred along the same stretch.

Strange Man

Location: Islandmagee - Old road leading to post office
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1895
Further Comments: One woman reported being followed by a strange man as she walked her dog to the post office. She passed several friends during the journey, but none could see the fellow a short distance behind her. Three weeks later it was discovered that her friend's brother had died at sea around the time of the sighting.

Strange Noises

Location: Islandmagee - Old house constructed on site of disused graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Sounds like carts running over cobblestones were reported here, while one person reported being pushed by an unseen presence.

Drifting Nun

Location: Lambeg - Area outside the graveyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Moving from the former site of Lambeg house, this shade vanishes as she reaches the gate of the local churchyard.

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