• Bernice Cooke

Do you believe in ghosts?

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Halloween is without a doubt my favourite time of year, I love the cold nights when I can light a big turf fire and have lots of candles dotted around the sitting room. A very cosy atmosphere.

Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain and it is celebrated every year on October 31st, people would light bonfires and wear masks and costumes to ward off spirits.

It is no surprise to learn that it was a Celtic festival as us Irish love to tell stories and way way way back in the days of no television, Ipads, kindles and smart phones many households told stories and in particular scary stories at this time of year.

The day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter, the time of year most associated with death back then. The Celts believed on this night the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred, and that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Oweynagat Cave in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon, also called the cave of cats is known as the birth place of Halloween, it is said that it served as a portal between the two worlds and that the Goddess Morrigan would use it to pass into the otherworld. It is well worth a visit if ever you find yourself in Co. Roscommon, the history of that area is fascinating, and it is a chance to experience a small dark cave if you are brave enough.

I have an interest in all things paranormal, and I do love to tour to Ireland's most haunted locations. I have travelled to both Loftus Hall in Co. Wexford and Wicklow Gaol to seek out all things paranormal and both locations do not disappoint. As in my previous blog, I believe that old buildings particularly those built of stone hold on to past lives and experiences so therefore it does not surprise me that those two locations would be deemed haunted because of their past dark history.

Loftus Hall, Hook head, Co. Wexford

But stories are just stories and it is worth noting that I have gone to both locations with an open mind, I don't jump to conclusions and I question everything. Walking around in the dark in both locations has left a lot of my questions unanswered.

My question to you is do you believe in ghosts?

Wicklow Gaol

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