Haunted Irish pubs in Ireland to celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)
Hotels and pubs that have been touched by spirits
What’s better than a pint on Halloween with some ghosts?
1. Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle, Co. Galway
Despite being burnt down by the IRA and then refurbished, the several ghosts of Renvyle House Hotel refuse to leave their old haunt here in Galway.
Famed poet W.B. Yeats was witness to some strange happenings - doors moving by themselves, groans, and bedsheets and people being thrown out of their beds. And these ghosts have a touch of voyeurism as they’ve been spotted in the mirror by female guests who were undressing!
2. Kyteler's Inn, Kieran Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
This inn was named after Dame Alice Kyteler, known as ‘The Witch of Kilkenny, since this site was where her house once stood. After she outlived several wealthy husbands, accusations of wrongdoing and witchcraft arose.
She beat the charges, but Alice’s servant Petronella was burned at the stake. Some believe it is Petronella who now haunts the inn, while others believe it is Dame Alice herself.
3. The Brazen Head, 20 Lower Bridge Street, Dublin
What would a pint in Dublin’s oldest pub be without a ghost or two for company? The spot, though it is not the original building, was used by “Bold” Robert Emmet for meetings. He was hanged in 1803 but still reportedly visits the Brazen Head in ghost form, resorting to his place in the corner and looking out for enemies.
4. Ballygally Castle Hotel, Larne, Co. Antrim
This 17th century castle was home to Lady Isabella Shaw, and also were she was imprisoned after giving birth to a girl instead of a boy. Broken-hearted, she clutched her baby girl and jumped to her death.
The ghost of Isabella has been known to knock on doors to scare guests. Perhaps more scary is the crying of a baby that has been heard throughout the castle.
5. The Castle Inn, Lord Edward Street, Dublin
This birthplace of poet James Clarence Mangan (1803), who was best known for his “Roisin Dubh,” is said to still be haunted by Mangan. Mangan died of cholera in 1849. When Mangan’s ghost drops into the Castle Inn the temperature is said to dip and the mood darken.
6. Kavanagh's ("The Grave Diggers"), Glasnevin, Dublin
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