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Eerieland: A Tour of Paranormal Ireland
by Davy Russell
POSTED: 16 March 2000


Perhaps Ireland would be more appropriately named Eerieland. This Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, kick back and take a tour of the strange and bizarre thriving in this beautiful country.

Banshees

Banshees are female spirits whose loud cries are believed to announce the death of a loved one, usually a family member or close relative. It is said of the Banshee:

"The banshees, the fairy spirits of doom, only appear to aristocrats. They are themselves the spirits of beautiful young ladies from the finest families who cannot enter Heaven until another equally well-bred and beautiful young lady has died to take their place.
The appearance of a banshee is not in itself an ill omen; but once she starts to weep and howl, a death in a noble family is certain."

Banshees are found in Celtic folklore and have been reported in America and in other countries.

Fairies

Fairy folklore is widespread in Ireland generating some strange eyewitness accounts and even more bizarre superstitions. In Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet and Colin Bord, there is an account of a schoolboy named John Keely who claimed to have seen fairies one day in 1938 in Rathkeale while walking home. Although his story was met with skepticism, a group of men hid as they watched John communicate with fairies that were 2 feet tall with beards and no ears. The men chased the fairies away. In Ireland, they say:

"If you live in the country, do not stay up too late at night. The fairies may want to hold a meeting in your house and they will be merciless in their vengeance if you prevent them from doing so in secret. If you must stay up , make sure that there are animals with you, particularly cats, for the animals will know if the fairies are coming."

Religious Phenomenon

Bleeding statues have been sighted numerous times among Catholics in Ireland. However, the most fascinating accounts of statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ occurred in the summer and fall of 1985 throughout Ireland. Numerous churches reported statues coming to life and moving around. On 16 August 1985, startled church-goers in Melleray, Cappoquin, received messages from a statue of the Virgin Mary that miraculously came to life.

Ghosts

The Ghosts of Ireland do more than make occasional appearances or move things around, they also sing. In 1977, numerous people in Monkstown, Dublin, heard a man’s voice singing songs such as "Danny Boy" and "Old Man River" in the middle of the night.

The Lake Monsters of Ireland

Many lakes in Ireland are "haunted" by mysterious, serpentine creatures. A few of these lakes include; Lough Attariff, Waskel, Abisdealy, Auna, Dubh, Fadda, Mask, Nahooin, Shanakeever, Bran, Lackagh Lake, Sraheens, Ree, and Bray.

On 22 February 1968, seven members of the Coyne family living in Connemara, Ireland, watched a strange creature in the nearby Lough Nahooin. It was about 4 meters long, had two humps on its back, and what appeared to be horns on its head. It also had a long neck and slick, black skin. Attracted by the commotion on shore, the creature swam toward the startled witnesses with its mouth open, then turned and continued swimming aimlessly. The Coynes watched the thing until nightfall and never knew what it was.

Another strange creature of the Irish lakes is the Dobhar-Chu of Lough Mask. Also called the dobarcu or dhuragoo, this "water hound" has been reported to attack people. It is described as sort of looking similar to a large otter, white in colour with black ear tips and black across the back. It is said by some to look like "half wolfdog/half fish".

In Roderick O’Flaherty’s book, A Description of West Connaught written in 1684, he recalls a startling incident of the dobhar-chu.

"There is one rarity more, which we may term the Irish crocodile, whereof one, as yet living, about ten years ago had sad experience.

The man was passing the shore just by the waterside, and spyed far off the head of a beast swimming, which he took to be an otter, and took no more notice of it; but the beast it seems lifted up his head, to discern whereabouts the man was; then diving swam under the water till he struck ground: whereupon he run out of the water suddenly and took the man by the elbow whereby the man stooped down, and the beast fastened his teeth in his pate, and dragged him into the water; where the man took hold of a stone by chance in his way, and calling to mind he had a knife in his jacket, took it out and gave a thrust of it to the beast, which thereupon got away from him into the lake.

The water about him was all bloody, whether from the beast's blood, or his own, or from both he knows not. It was the pitch of an ordinary greyhound, of a black slimey skin, without hair as he imagines.

Old men acquainted with the lake do tell there is such a beast in it, and that a stout fellow with a wolf dog along with him met the like there once; which after a long struggling went away in spite of the man and his dog, and was a long time after found rotten in a rocky cave of the lake when the waters decreased. The like they say is seen in other lakes in Ireland, they call it."

And finally, let’s not leave out the famous leprechauns of Irish lore. It is said, "By using the power of a certain herb, the leprechauns know how to find all the crocks of gold that are hidden all over Ireland. But nobody has ever been able to persuade any of them to reveal the name of the herb."


SOURCES: A Touch of The Irish by Sean Desmond.
Unexplained Mysteries of The 20th Century by Janet and Colin Bord.
Unexplained! by Jerome Clark.



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