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County Clare Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places


The blue flame figure of Shragh.

Blue Man

Location: Shragh - Bog
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A blue flame which took the form of a man was said to haunt the boggy land around this village.

Fairy Fort

Location: Templemaley - Ballyhee (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Reported 1839, current status not known
Further Comments: This fort, like another in the area and so many in Ireland, was believed to be home to a troupe of fairies.

Fairy Home

Location: Templemaley - Lissardcarney (fort)
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Reported 1839, current status not known
Further Comments: This fort, like another in the area and so many in Ireland, was believed to be home to a troupe of fairies.


A ghostly figure on the beach.

Spanish Sailors

Location: The Burren - Beach near Doonagore Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The beach below the castle is haunted by the ghosts of Spanish sailors from a shipwrecked Armada ship. Those who did not drown were quickly put to death by Boetius Clancy, the Sheriff of Clare.

Red Mary

Location: The Burren - Leamaneh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Seventeenth century
Further Comments: Mary O'Brien was said by many to be a witch, and tales are told of how frequently she hanged her servants if they made mistakes. Some say she was finally caught by her enemies and left to starve to death in a hollow tree. Regardless of how she died, her unearthly form still returns to her castle.

Strange Woman

Location: The Burren - Ballynalacken (aka Ballynalackan) Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shadowy figure of an unknown woman stands around the castle entrance, as if in waiting.

Hounds and Rider

Location: Trough - Former gravel pit in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: A phantom hunter, complete with steed and hounds, was spotted in this area, leaping over the edge of the quarry. A man who witnessed the event rushed over to help what he expected to be an injured rider, but nothing could be found.


An old woodcut of a ram attacking a well-dressed gentleman.

Shuck and Friends

Location: Tuamgraney - Wooded area
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This wooded hollow is particularly haunted around Halloween, when it is said to change into dense woodland with demonic creatures, including a red eyed dogs and rams.

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