One of Ireland's most haunted houses has come under the microscope in a compelling new TV series.
The chilling story of Sharon Rectory in Manorcunningham, County Donegal, was the subject of the first episode of the BBC's new Ulster-Scots program "Afeared", where historian David Hume and writer Darren Gibson investigate some of Ulster's most haunted dwellings.
Using original newspaper archives and witness testimony from current residents, Hume and Gibson attempted to unravel the terrifying mysteries surrounding the 18th-century house.
Built in 1775 as a Church of Ireland rectory, Sharon Rectory was the site of a gruesome double-murder in 1797 when the Reverand William Hamilton and his wife Sara Waller were ruthlessly murdered by the United Irishmen on the eve of the 1798 Rebellion.
The ancient mansion is said to be haunted by lost souls and a malevolent spirit that gives the house a demonic presence.
Sharon Rectory fell into disrepair following years of disuse but was bought by Vincent and Lisa Tully in the 1990s. The couple renovated the dilapidated property and moved in with their two daughters Emma Louise and Victoria.
They almost immediately began reporting sightings of a "blue lady", while Emma Louise, who still lives in the property, claims that she has been "bitten, scratched, and terrorized by demonic ghosts".
Emma Louise has published a book - "The Haunting of Sharon Rectory" - detailing her terrifying experiences in the house, while she also runs a Facebook page to give regular updates about the haunted mansion.
The first episode of "Afeared" premiered on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 10 p.m. on Sunday, and the program will explore other haunted dwellings in Ulster in its next two installments.
Next week, Hume and Gibson will travel to Galgorm Castle in County Antrim to investigate the life of a 17th-century clergyman named Alexander Colvill, who was plagued with rumors of witchcraft and devil worship.
In the final episode of the three-part series, the pair will travel to Antrim's Ballygally Castle to investigate the chilling ghost stories about Lady Isabella Shaw, who has haunted the castle since she fell to her death almost 400 years ago.
Now a hotel, Ballygally Castle has dedicated a room in honor of Shaw in one of the oldest parts of the castle. Fittingly, the hotel has called the room the "Ghost Room".