Be totally interested in that, a digital camera is the only thing I have on the list though. When will you be going on the next investigation?
Shandy Hall (near Dripsey Bridge) was the residence of Philip Cross and he was executed for the death of his wife (by poisoning). She is buried in the old graveyard to the left of the church across the road from Coachford National School.
Coachford originally a few miles towards Dripsey direction??? That one is not at all true because Coachford itself pretty much did not exist approx 200 years ago and is a relatively new village. Before that it was simply known as Magourney (which was the Parish and Magourney Church is the church I mentioned above). At a rough guess Coachford prob took off approx the 1830s. During the Great Famine shortly afterwards it was an important location with two depots, a dispensary, etc and in the Macroom Poor Law Union area. Add to that the Muskerry Light Railway and the place took off from approx 1830s onwards.
So there was no Village known as Coachford before the one that is there now and it's in the place where it was previously
Re the Black Dog... I have heard that one before admittedly but it was to be seen at a different location which is very much these days within the boundaries of the present Coachford village = very close to the Village Centre itself
Im very interested in the paranormal, have seen a few eerie things in my time. Was always sceptical but this story I have for you now changed my view on it all.
Just one thing before I go on, Ive read all this thread and dissappointed that more people dont have stories of St Kevins aka what they heard from others that they have seen there. Eerie experiences are one thing but witnessing and seeing things is what makes a great story.
Id like to read more stories like the one I have put into writing here, this is factual, it did happen and my mate can verify it. Also have other stories of haunted houses and hotels, I'll post them up here upon request.
Enjoy my story, its long but worth it. Please leave feedback
Right here it goes-
Its a very complicated and long hard story to get the gist of. Easier explained in person and while driving on the road in question.
It was around this time last year when a gud friend of mine by the name of Dave who lives up in a place called Kilcorney its about 12 miles from Kanturk and a few miles from Millstreet country park. Its the middle of nowhere basically, its also on a mountain.
Was out drinking one Sat night with Dave, no spin home so stayed at his house. Next day after brushing off a hangover at around 6 o clock Dave said we'll go for a spin to Kanturk and then onto Kilgarvan down near Kenmare cos he was starting working the next day on the windfarm down there, as he is an electrician. To be sure of where he was going he said we'd take a spin down there.
As we left his house we both clearly remembered that there was no one at home as the rest were out and werent coming home that night. The only light we left on was kitchen light at the back of the house and the two dogs were in there.
It was a very cold and really misty night. Mist was falling for hours.
Went to Kilgarvan, onto Macroom and it was about half 10 or 11 o clock by the time we came past Millstreet country park. Turned right as we were going to Rylane (All this shown in map below) past the house thats nearest to Dave's which is over 4 miles away. No joke, this is extreme isolation.
Came to the carpark at the top of Daves road, note he is the only house on this road. The road itself is the width of one car, rarely used raod but very well surfaced.
As we drove on the road (Heading north in the map) As we continued on down the road, Dave was busy sparking up a fag, Next thing i see the man and goes to Dave "Who the fcuk is he out walking at this hour!" We both looked up and realised the man had no torch or reflectors. Dave slowed way down, and said "I Dunno who he is, and I know everyone for miles around here"
He was on our right and we met him at point 1 on the map.
As we past the man he rotated and put his back to us as we were passing at about 5mph. It was like he was a cog and the car was a cog and he rotated away from us so we couldnt see his face, was just like there was a black hole, Dave was hanging out the window and couldnt even see the side of his face or his left ear.
I know old people wear old cloths but this fellas clothes were ancient looking, he was wearing a very long beige jacket that went down past his knees.
Couldnt see his feet as he was standing in grass. Was also wearing a hat.
As e all know beigy colours and grey colurs when wet will have a wet patch that is a differnet colour on the shoulder area but this fella didnt???...
We continued down to daves house in silence, pulled into his driveway and realise more lights were on at the front of the house then we left on. We both freaked!
Dave told me stay in the car and watch to see if the man walks down while he goes in and checks the house. I watched and waited but notthing only mist is all I seen. Dave came out and said the house was ok, dogs were still in the kitchen as we left them.
Then Dave said we'd go down to the cross about 20metres from his house and look around. Did that and seen notting. Next thing we turned to head up the road we seen the thing. Drove up both of us ****less, then seen notting as we went past the place we seen the man. Drove on up slowly and seen notthing I was getting worried that "he" vanished, then I said "I never seen that rock before" Dave said- "Its not a rock its Him!"
He was after going to the other side of the road and was up the road anothe 250metres from where we seen him the first time and was closer to the carpark, but still on our right.
We did the same as first time, crept up to him to look. Yet again he turned as we drove past, wa sstill in the same clothes and not showing signs of wet clothes and no shoes. Also no show from facial features.
Now we were getting very very worried. We kept saying what kind or a person out walking in the middle of nowhere that none of us knew doesnt salute, has no dog with him, has no torch with him, has no reflectors with him and turns away from us when were nearly stopped next to him. This time we met him at point 2 on the map.
We continued up the road and Dave goes "Im turning around!!" So he did, drove down and again I taught he vanished next thing Dave roars "He's there again and other side of the road again!!"
He was hiding behind a bush so we could barely seen him. This time he was on our right again and was standing between point 1 and point 2.
This time we possibly did the bravest thing we've both ever done- Dave stopped the car next to him.
And you guessed it; aswel as before his back was facing us, we both had a clear view of him could see no facial features again and he didnt turn to salute or look at us.
If it was a real person you would clearly turn around as you would have known we were there as he had good strong lights on the car and it was a diesel corolla so fairly noisy.
Dave put her into gear and tore off in the direction of Kanturk.
To get to Kanturk from that area you must go through Kilcorney village and Banteer.
I kept repeating that was abnormal! Trying to make out what it was, whether it was a real human or a ghostly thing. Also said to Dave that any "Normal" person would have a light with them, or a reflector on them, and normally in the middle of nowhere they would salute.
As we just left Banteer proof of what I just said happened. There was a person out jogging, they had a torch and saluted us even tho we didnt salute them. Thats what I call normal.
Dave dropped me home, and lets say we didnt sleep easy that night at all :|
After that we sorta forgot about it. Then during the snowfall after Christmas last year around February a good gang of us went up to the mountain above Daves house. Otherwise known as Mushra, went up to the carpark on the map as its really deep unspoilt snow. We all had serious craic. We went up at about 6 in the evening, then at about half ten we saad we'd call it a night.
I drove west along the Millstreet direction from the carpark and was heading for the cross with all the arrows on the map to head towards Kanturk.
I was driving on snow and ice so was concentrating very hard, the phone rang in my pocket and handed it over to the passenger Denis a good friend of mine. Next thing I overheard Denis saying "You seen what? I cant understand you! Speak slowy, you see something" I caught my phone of denis junped outta the car.
I was at point X on the map, I could see right across the deep valley and over to see the lights of Daves car at point 4. Dave was panting, I said speak slowly. Then he said "I have just seen it again" I wa slike you seen what. He goes "I seen the myterious fella"
I could see him reversing fairly fast whils on the phone and turning left. Then he said "I was driving down grand and next thing I seen that same fella we both seen in the same clothes standing to the right but about 10metres away from me and you know what Mark, that road had pure unspoilt snow on it and there was no footprints"
I totally freaked, couldnt talk. Then I said I know the snow was unspoilt cos we were at the top of your road up at the carpark, you were the first car down there all day and this evening, you were the first to spoil the flat snow and I goes I know for a fact there was no footprints going down towards your house either.
That night was a Sunday night aswel the night of the snow and the thing was seen at the same time we first seen him two months previously.
For weeks after I was searching through the internet to find out things about the area that might be connected, notthing came up. Then Dave said it to his uncle and he said there was a mass rock up in the exact area where we seen him the three times the forst night.
Before the whole incident we were both the type that did and didnt believe in the paranormal. That night changed our lifes! Will never forget it, can remember it as it was yesterday.
Then last Sunday myself and Rob trebor went to Kilgarvan/Kenmare to the rally. Then the Kilgarvan trip came to mind and told him the story. He came back to my house, and I said come on we go for a spin- I remembered it was around the same time as last year that we seen him. And honestly I wasnted to see him again.
I like to find out how and why things happen but I think we'll never find the answer to this, it will always be a mystery. We seen notthing last Sunday as I think we were too early it was around eight when we drove up and down the road slowly.
Its a real freaky story, sounds like aload off bull**** but if you want I can give you Daves number and you can ask him. He'll say its true. Hope you enjoyed reading and didnt fall asleep half way through it.. :lol:
Heres the map.
If The link dont work or you have questions reply to me on this address and I'll sort em for you.
Thanks for that, Mark.
I don't know what to make of it really, except this is something that yourself and your friend believe you witnessed.
Did you ever speak to anyone else living in the area about whether they had ever seen that bloke in the beige coat on the side of the road too?
It's funny how yer man had no flashlight or light-reflecting clothes at that time of night. Also weird how his clothes showed no sign of dampness despite the rain. Even weirder that he kept turning his back to yourselves instead of facing you. Even weirder still that your mate couldn't even make out his left ear from the side view of him.
Well, my advice (if you even want it, that is) is to ask around locally to see if others have seen the same fella/thing, and to keep a camera or a camcorder handy in the car in case you encounter him along that stretch of road again. Try to nab a photo or some footage of him and upload it here.
Ah yeah, fair point, I haven't been up there for quite a bit of time now seems likely that it's difficult enough to wander around there without raising some level of suspicion and no doubt there are many 'undesirables' lurking in corners aplenty
The Good Shepherd Convent is another place that makes me nervous, not that you can set foot in it nowadays anyway but again growing up we spent time up there having a right oul nose around the place. I was never in the building nor did I ever visit the room of the 'miraculous Little Nelly' but the grounds themselves seemed to be full of foreboding and an unpleasant energy.
We have asked around (asked the very few people that live in this densely populated area) if they knew anything. But no info at all! No info on the world famous google either.
Only thing we do know is where we seen him there is a mass rock not more then quarter of a mile away. When the mate seen him in thge snow he was next to the gate to the mass rock Will never forget the day for as long as I live.
I have a picture on my phone of a ghost captured on camera in a hole dug in a house during construction work. I would put it up here but I cant as my phone wont leave me. So would someone who could put it up PM me and I'll send it to them no prob. Its very good and good story attached to it
I go out to Rylane, Nad region a bit, it is spooky, what with the miraculous well and the bizarre "park" ~ we can't stop for nookie anywhere but some guy, who has obviously been tracking us, and from the above post about the fellow dry in the rain, I am more aware of this now, but everytime I wanted to get romantic with me missus, some guy drives up, looks in, and says, "sorry" and leaves.
Now, that's spooky. And now I KNOW why!
Are you on about the car park at St Johns well/The country park entrance (Johns well is known to be a dogging spot) or the car park at the top of the hill coming out of Rylane? At the foot of Mushra? The car park Im on about is in the map ive drawn up in my above post is a good few miles away from Johns well country park..
In this car park my mate whom was driving the car the night we seen the manifestation/ghost/weird thing said he approached this car park one nite and seen an outline of a shadow.. Was solid out but no colour..
A good few miles? How many, I'd say no more than seven.
Anyway, don't know how St. John's in a 'dogging' spot, last time I was there, a convoy of cars arrived ... and ironically this specific time, we were not there for nookie.
But the area is small, by my standards "a good few miles" is from Cork to Youghal. Not the "Country Park" around the corner to St. John's Well.
erm, about what time is St. John's a 'dogging spot' ~ but it's too spooky for me anyway, but just in case I might get over that and was in amorous mood, and in the area, ........... OH but you're talking about the night-time ...
No, actually the whole area is spooky, as you mentioned, it's probably because so many are looking for something.
Otherwise, I find the whole Nad area erotic, we even saved a lamb from a fallen gate once, felt sad eating meat later, but that's life.
We're usually there in daylight ... don't ask ...
No offence meant by the dogging spot, just highligting a local rumour
Sorry my bad use of language. What I meant by a good few miles was about 5 to7 miles to the area where the incident we seen the weird thing.
Go down the hill from the well about a mile, go right at the cross and head towards Rylane, serious view off your left side then you come to another small car park and a left turn (bout 5miles roughly from the last cross) Down that road is where my story took place.
PM me if you want as I want to keep chit chat of this thread
Thanks for the story. Next time, if you see a red Terrano acting suspiciously, it's me and the missus.
tbh, as well as a good story, knowing the area, but obviously not as well as you, I believe you.
Thanks, I've gotten a lot of directions from country folk over the years, love the area.
Sorry to have taken you to task over the mileage, but you do say you go to Kanturk, maybe 20 miles away and you dismiss this as a journey of familiariseation, having even gone further afield, and you consider 7 miles, a "good few miles" away.
See my point.
Ya I see your point, sound for pointing it out
Not exactly haunted but my exhibition 'Abandoned Ireland' opens at Cork Vision Centre, North Main Street on Saturday 30th October and its totally free.
If you're interested in spooky ruins then I'd recommend taking a peek.