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Ghost Stories

No Library Like the Spoken Word

Books and knowledge gathered together But arrived Invaders and a tyrants yoke All then to then was ever known It all went …

When Its Bad Manners to Say Thanks

The story of a ghost miller on Lough Gownas Inch Island From the Irish Folklore Collection On the waters of Gowna there …

Lovers of Loftus Hall

She was a fine maiden of thirty years At the table playing cards He, the dark stranger who had come A gentleman …

The Web of Linen

Based on a folk take of the Carty (as Carthy should be spelled!!!) family, told to the Irish Folklore Commission, Eileen’s great …

Gurteen Lake in Ballinalee

Gurteen Lake and the Curse of the McCarthys

Verse from another legend from Longford recorded by the Irish Folklore Commission From Clonbroney the priest was travelling Was making his weary …

Lady of Lough Gowna

An eerie cry echos the evening air The mermaids plaintive song The saying among the folk that know Is there will be …

Tyler from Beyond the Grave

Sometimes, within the dead of night, the lodge held in the grip of the dark, When no master sits on the Dias …

The Headless Horseman Rides At Night

The headless horseman rides at night The story the locals tell From Charleville walls is seen the sight Of the spectre from …

Old Clonbroney

This is a ghost story told to me by my mother, from her grandparents, either Kiernans Mill or Treacys. The roadway mentioned …

The Hungry Grass

A shiver runs up my spine As stories I recall Of people dead in times gone by I was told of when …

Dead Souls And Black Dogs

The little old lady had lived for long, She was great of age And the time was coming along For her to …

Culture from a Cigarette Packet

Words I read of Aftons waters Green braes and other lines of Burns the bard, On a packet of cigarettes What funny …

Sitting There Saying Nothing

She sits there saying nothing A wee woman and her wains We know not who she is That sits there with her …

The Hounds of Hells Lake

Barking from its rocky shore At sailors passing by Sometimes at the death of day Sometimes under a noontime sky The black …

A Dream Shared Unknowingly

Picture: Athlone refugee centre, scene of some of the fighting in the Sieges of Athlone in the Wiliamite Wars 1689-1692 A dream …

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