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County Derry / County Londonderry Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

AI impression of a thick, black eel under the lough.

Thick Eel

Location: Ballyronan - Lough Neagh
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1986
Further Comments: Two people in a two man kayak quickly headed towards the shore after spotting a long black creature under the water with a body the thickness of two human legs. A local legend says that Lough Neagh is also home to fairies, who can be heard laughing, and that the lough was created when someone forgot that they had left the cover off a magic well.


Location: Coleraine - Whispering Pines - house built on site of Mountsandel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Loud whispers and low moaning have been reported downstairs at night, while light fittings inexplicably swing side to side.

War Staff

Location: Derry - City of Derry Airport (formally Eglinton air base)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Staff have reported seeing figures dressed in Second World War clothing around the airport.

White Woman

Location: Derry - Former Waterside Workhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: As well as a phantom white woman who would tuck people into their beds at night, the site is also reputed to be haunted by a nurse who killed three (or two) children after locking them in a cupboard for punishment and forgetting about them.

Lady with the Lamp

Location: Derry - Foyle Arts Centre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The upper part of the building is haunted by a woman who walks around carrying a lantern.


Location: Glenullen - General area, Abhartach's final resting place marked by a large stone with a thorn tree growing up from the side
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Fifth century
Further Comments: In a battle for the throne, the warrior Cathrain killed his rival Abhartach. Abhartach, however, returned from the grave two days later and preyed on the locals. Cathrain once again killed the undead fiend, but two days later, Abhartach came back and continued his attacks. Cathrain discussed the problem with druids, who told him to stab his adversary through the heart with a weapon made of yew. This he did, and Abhartach never returned.

Nurse with Baby?

Location: Limavady - Former Roe Valley Hospital
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid 2009
Further Comments: While photographing the building at night, a security guard caught a strange 'figure' on camera. Paranormal Society Ireland called the picture authentic. The former hospital is said to be haunted by the sounds of crying babies and uniformed men and women.

Ghostly criminals trying not to look sus.


Location: Limavady Mountain - Ram's Horn (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When a coach house, the Ram's Horn had a reputation for being a meeting place for robbers and other unsavoury characters. When the building fell into ruin, many believed that the criminals' ghosts still lurked in the area.

Grey Lady

Location: Magherafelt - Farm on Olivands Hill (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the building has long gone, the area is still said to be the haunt of a pregnant woman who committed suicide by hanging herself on an oak.

Henrietta Hamilton

Location: Magherafelt - Springhill House, Moneymore
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Henrietta drifts around the building, weeping for her dead children. She has also been heard (but not seen) walking around on the landing. Another investigation into the haunting concluded that the spectre was the widow of Colonel Conyngham, an officer during the Crimean War.

Not for Sale

Location: Moneymore - 55 Rockview Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: This empty house was under threat of demolition after the local council removed it from the housing market. The last tenant was said to have fled terrified in the mid-1990s, and no one has dared to move in since.

Slain Dwarf

Location: Slaghtaverty - Abhartach's grave, aka Slaghtaverty Dolmen
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When a tyrannical dwarf was murdered by a local chieftain, his body was placed in the earth here. Less than a day later the dwarf returned, more vicious than before. He was killed again and reburied but came back and tormented the entire country. The chieftain consulted a druid, and following the wise man's instructions, slayed the dwarf for the final time, placing the body into the ground head first, robbing him of his magical powers.

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