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County Kildare Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

Strange Mist

Location: Allen - Bog of Allen
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before a large part of this boggy land was drained, it was renowned for strange shapes, vaguely human in appearance, which appeared at night. One man who walked across the area encountered a strange cloud which enveloped him, filling the poor man with terror, before it drifted off.

Peeping Figure

Location: Athy - White's Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A ghostly figure has been seen peering out a second floor window of the castle. A few critics pointed out that most witnesses have just left public houses and bars at midnight…

Wizard Earl of Kildare

Location: Ballitore - Rath of Mullaghmast (earthworks and forts)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Wakes every seven years (date unknown)
Further Comments: The wizard Earl of Kildare reputedly sleeps around this area of forts and standing stones, waking every seven years to ride a horse shod with silver. Some say that while out riding he is accompanied by his men, and that when the horse's silver shoes have worn down, the wizard will banish Ireland's foes from the land.

Stable Boy

Location: Castledermot - Kilkea Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lad was killed after being discovered in the bedroom of the owner's daughter. He still walks around the building looking for his former girlfriend. The castle also carries stories about being haunted by a former wizard who once resided there, who remains in a trance under the structure.

Man in Grey Coat

Location: Celbridge - Castletown Manor House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The spectre dressed in a long grey coat is more likely to be heard laughing mockingly. One legend attached to the building has the Devil paying a previous owner a visit - it is unclear whether the haunting is connected to this event.

Big Eyed Dog

Location: Clane - Clongowes Wood College
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The phantom hound with glowing eyes which walked the corridors at night was said by students to be the manifestation of a hanged murderer. The building was also once witness to a Crisis Manifestation, when the ghost of a Marshall appeared to two sisters - they identified him as their brother, who, it was later discovered, was killed in action at the time of the visitation.


Location: Clane - Firmount House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 2017
Further Comments: During a two day paranormal investigation at this location by NIPRA the group believed they encountered a matron who worked with Tuberculosis patients.

Tiny Horses

Location: Forenaghts Great - Longstone Rath
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 31 October 1971
Further Comments: Author Herbie Brennan and a friend visited this site late at night and spotted several small white horses galloping along the earthwork. He described them as being no taller than a cocker spaniel and around 25 in number.

Handsome Jack

Location: Grangemellon - Grangemellon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Colonel John St Leger, aka Handsome Jack once owned this castle while a member of the Hellfire Club. After his sudden death in Madras, he returned to the area, in a coach and four, driven by a headless horseman.

Young Child

Location: Kildare - Road outside Clongowes Wood College
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several motorists have had to brake sharply to avoid hitting a child who runs out in front of them. The infant always quickly vanishes after the driver stops. The area is also home to a phantom coach which halts at the front gates at midnight.

Drinking Stone

Location: Kilgowen - Monolith
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Monolith still present
Further Comments: This large stone reputedly moves down to a nearby stream to drink every night.


Location: Maynooth - Aula Maxima (theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a projectionist from the 1940s who fell to his death, this phantom is reputed to turn a particular chair around 180 degrees if he dislikes a production.

Suicidal Student

Location: Maynooth - Maynooth College, Rhetoric House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After two students committed suicide in room 2 of the building, and a third leapt from the window after believing an evil spirit was trying to take over his body, a priest was called in to spend the night. In the morning he was found a gibbering wreck, his hair turned white through fear.


Location: Sallins - Soldier's Island (small island at conjunction of the Grand Canal and the Naas)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The island is said to take its name from a solider who hanged himself from a tree - his ghost is said to have remained.

Railway Guard

Location: Straffan - Railway track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1853 onwards
Further Comments: This former rail employee walks along the track carrying a lamp. In 1853 an accident between two trains killed sixteen people; an inquiry blamed the guard who had forgotten to attach a lamp at the rear of the train (which would have prevented the collision). To atone, the guardsman forever walks the rails.

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