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County Carlow Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places


Location: Bestfield - Canal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This canal was reputed to be haunted by a nineteenth century haulier who drowned at the lock.

King and Giants

Location: Carlow - Brownshill (or Browne's Hill) Dolmen
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Dolman still present
Further Comments: This dolman, reputed to be the burial place of a king, is said to have been built by giants. The capstone weights around 100 metric tons and is likely to be the heaviest of its kind in Europe.

Lucy Slye

Location: Carlow - Carlow Gaol, currently Carlow Shopping Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre-2000, and March / June 2014
Further Comments: The phantom of Lucy Slye, reputedly the last woman to be hanged in the former gaol, is said by some to haunt this location, although others dispute the ghost's identity. The phantom's antics appear to include moving tables and chairs around after dark. Visiting the site in 2014, Leinster Paranormal recorded several AVP and EVP, including doors slamming, a female yelling and multiple laughter.

Old Man

Location: Carlow - Cineplex, screen three
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2009
Further Comments: A teenager fled the cinema after claiming to have encountered a phantom elderly man wearing a hat. A witness said that a member of staff had been called, who then said that some staff were wary about venturing into that area.

Moving Chair

Location: Carlow - Private residence near Tullow Road
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: October 2006
Further Comments: Two witnesses at this site watched a chair move, a door open and two black shapes that moved over their heads one night.

Locking Doors

Location: Carlow - Scraggs Alley Public House, Tullow Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The ghost at work here is blamed for locking doors and moving furnishings. 'Something' has also been spotted behind the bar and on the third floor.

Man escaping a shadowy form, by Arthur Rackham from The New York Public Library.

Female Figure

Location: Carlow - Staplestown road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This bridge is reputedly home to a female phantom who stands looking downwards as darkness falls.

Bishop Hopkins

Location: Clonegal - Area around Clonogan House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Every seven years
Further Comments: The phantom of Bishop Hopkins is said to appear once every seven years and walk towards Clonegal.

Mistaken Soldier

Location: Clonegal - Huntingdon Castle (aka Clonegal Castle)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: His ghostly form since seen knocking on the castle door, this trooper was mistakenly killed by his own forces after returning to the castle disguised as an English Royalist soldier. The castle is also haunted by former owner Barbara St Lege, one of her maids, and several monks.

Two of Them

Location: Kilcarry - Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Tommy Kinsella would cross this bridge every night and told his friends at the local pub he would pass a ghost in the bushes each time. Disbelieving him, one of the men donned a white sheet and hid in a bush close to the bridge. As Kinsella walked past, the man in the bush heard him say, 'my God, there's two of them tonight!'


Location: Rainstown - Duckett's Grove Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The banshee which haunted this castle was said to have been a farmer's daughter with which the lord of the manor had a brief affair. The site is also reputedly haunted by strange shadows and noises.

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