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County Cork Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

Shape Changers

Location: Bantry - Bay cliffs
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The mermaids said to live in this area would be capable of changing their shape as they came on to land. They would also be seen sitting on the rocks play harps.

Cloaked Figure

Location: Bantry - Priest's Leap
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990
Further Comments: Two friends playing in the area observed a tall figure wearing a white cloak moving towards them. The figure had its head bowed, was slightly transparent, and moved in a rocking motion.

Old postcard of Bantry Bay in County Cork.

Fear Gortach

Location: Bantry Bay - Hungry Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Hill still present
Further Comments: People who walk across a patch of Fear Gortach (hungry grass) are said to become insatiably hungry. The grass is thought to be either created by fairies upset at a person's lack of generosity, or cursed by the Fear Gorta, the hungry man, an unshriven corpse who walks the land. The hill here was said to have several patches of the hungry grass.


Location: Bealad - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Lights were said to move around the streets at night, and families who had suffered a bereavement would hear footsteps for a few days after death.

Belvelly Castle in County Cork.


Location: Belvelly - Belvelly Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Moreno was a Spanish bard who killed Dion, an Irish bard, in self-defence. However, Dion was well-liked, and one of his followers poisoned Moreno. The Spaniard's ghost is now said to sing on moonlit nights in his mother tongue. The castle is also reputed to be haunted by Lady Margaret Hodnett, described as 'faceless' by some.

Moving Well

Location: Berrings - Stoney Pew Line Well (no longer visible?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Stoney Pew Line Well was considered a holy well and was said to have once been in the parish of Donoughmore. A local woman with no respect for religion went to wash four potatoes in its waters, so the well arose and moved itself four miles to Berrings.

An old postcard of Blarney Castle in Ireland.

Man at the Window

Location: Blarney - Blarney Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 October 2010
Further Comments: Echo Ghosthunters reported seeing a man by a window in the castle, but later found out there was no stairs leading to that spot. EVP was also recorded in another location.

Gift of Oratory

Location: Blarney - The Blarney Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Many still kiss this stone in the hope that it will aid them with their public speaking and eloquence. Some believe the stone came from the Middle East and was the pillow of Jacob, while others say it was a gift to Cormac MacCarthy after he saved a witch from drowning.

Little Man

Location: Bottlehill - Road heading towards Cork
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Farmer Mick Purcell was forced to take his cow to Cork to sell. While on the road Purcell met a little man and swopped the cow for a small bottle. Understandably, returning home with a bottle instead of money upset Purcell's wife, until he opened it - out sprang two figures which covered the table with gold and silver dishes.

Bunworth's Banshee

Location: Buttevant - Rectory?
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1750
Further Comments: As local rector Charles Bunworth lay dying in his room, a helper who was sent for medicine in a nearby town encountered a wailing woman who informed him Bunworth would die. Bunworth hung on for several days, with wailing and the clapping of hands entering his bedroom window from below. Men who investigated the sounds could see nothing. The sounds stopped as soon as Bunworth died.

Teleporting Goats

Location: Cape Clear Island - Goat house
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Early 2000s, for a five year period
Further Comments: A goat keeper on the island engaged the Ghost Eire team to investigate why three young goats would move between two pens separated by two six-foot walls, on six different nights. The goat keeper speculated it may have been fairies, upset that he had placed an iron roof on the goat shed.

Currabinny Woods close to Cork.

Thick Mist

Location: Carrigaline - Currabinny Woods
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A group of friends in the woods at dusk reported a thick mist that quickly descended the area. Footsteps and other noises surrounded them as they ran towards the car park. As they ran clear of the woods, the mist lifted, and silence returned once more.

Strange Creature

Location: Carrigaline - Drake's Pool
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa 1860s
Further Comments: A large animal was said to have made this location its home. Although no description of the creature was properly given, it was said to have been large and hunted for food on land. Local men tried to capture the beast but were unable to do so. After several years, the creature left the area, thought to have gone out to sea.

Powerful Dog

Location: Carrigaline - Lanes in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have made its home in the ruins of a big house, this hound left its dwelling at midnight. Most witnesses were said to have been drunk men, although on one occasion several sober gentlemen chased the creature and had it cornered - the dog vanished in front of their eyes.

Dotty Clotty

Location: Carrigrohane - Carrigrohane Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While visiting the family, Uncle Lindsay awoke one morning to see a phantom woman dressed in an old-fashioned blue gown standing next to his bed. The family later told him the ghost was that of Lady Clotilda, nicknamed Dotty Clotty.

Begging Boy

Location: Castlelyons - Old Castle ruins
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This sad little figure is said to move around begging for his life to be saved. He was murdered by a former owner of the castle for misbehaving.


Location: Castlemartyr - Exact location not known
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mary Scannell discovered that her own healthy baby had been replaced by a sickly child which did not stop crying - a changeling! A wise woman told Mary to underfeed the changeling and to beat it. Within a week the new child had gone, and the fairies returned Mary's own baby.

Rocking Woman

Location: Castletownbere - Cliff near the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area was haunted by a woman who would sing while rocking a cradle.


Location: Churchtown - Fort Field
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: While on his way home with his dog, Mr Sampson watched two men on horseback riding around the fort. His dog immediately ran home, leaving Sampson to watch the figures as they dismounted and vanish (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').

John Wrixon

Location: Churchtown - Wrixon's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Wrixon was seen ten years after his death, riding down the road which bears his name (special thanks to the Churchtown Village Renewal Trust, from their 'The Annals of Churchtown').


Location: Clonakilty - Bealad and Clonakilty areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: Gaolai was a phantom woman who haunted the roads around Brandon, Bealad and Clonakilty. She victimised men in the early hours of the morning, leaping onto their backs as they rode through the area. She is said to have been banished by a Father O'Heal.

Thrown Stone

Location: Clonakilty - Knockatlowig (stone row)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The largest stone found here is said to have been thrown into position by a giant standing a couple of kilometres away.

Breaking Crypt

Location: Clonakilty - O'Sullivan Tomb in the old cemetery
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present (as of 6 May 2012)
Further Comments: The O'Sullivan priests, uncle and nephew, were murdered in 1773 by British agents. The men were interred in the same tomb which legend says then cracked open so the murders would not be forgotten. Every attempt to fill or cover the holes since has failed.

Road between Cobh and Old Church Cemetery.

Funeral Procession

Location: Cobh - Between town and Old Church Cemetery (aka Clonmel Cemetery)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Local white witch Helen Barrett reports that she and others have observed the mass funeral for the victims of the Lusitania as it moves from Cobh to Clonmel.


Location: Cobh - Clonmel Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1988
Further Comments: A graves inspector was taking a series of photographs by the wall when they heard the murmur of many voices and footsteps approaching from the road. The inspector finished their work then turned to face the direction of the funeral, but nothing could be seen. The inspector walked a short way down the road and then all the sounds ceased. The witness quickly left the site.

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