Maidin mhaith (Good morning)! Firstly, I wish to inform you that this thread comes complete with a soundtrack, so please press play on the
following video before reading:
Now we are ready to begin.
Irish history is rife with bloody battles waged, whether it be against invading forces or within the powerful Irish clans. If there does indeed exist
a condition wherein spirits remian trapped near places of great violence, surely Ireland houses a formidable spirit realm. Leap Castle is one of
these such places and, as legend has it, the most haunted castle in Ireland.
It is believed that Leap Castle was built around 1250 by the O'Bannon clan (upon a much more ancient sacred druid ruin), and soon became the principle
seat of the belicose O'Carroll clan. It was the location of violence, murder, and death, destroyed on several occasions, attacked, lost,
reacquisitioned, and the location of many turbulent and horrific events. No wonder the spirits can't find any rest there.
Even the castle's name has a bloody inception, rumored to have been called Leap of the Bannons in reference to a bloody game of chicken played by the
O'Bannons to see who would be the righteous heir to the castle. Two brothers took a leap off a nearby rocky outcropping, and the survivor was the
lucky recipient of the land. Makes sense, eh?
A brief rundown on some of the more fascinating historical events that took place in Leap Castle: *Attacked in 1514 and 1516 by the Earl of Kildare (also a known practitioner of magick) who may or may not have placed the evil
Elemental in the castle as a curse (more on this later) *The scene of a Cain-like murder in what is now known as the bloody chapel-- at the death of the head of the O'Carroll clan,
there was a bitter dispute for ascendency which ended in one brother murdering another (a priest) while he was administering mass to his family in the
chapel. The brother-priest's ghost is one of the rumored spirit residents of Leap. *Burnt to the ground in the late 1500s in an unsuccessful attempt to keep out the invading Elizabethan forces (they occupied the
castle for a year or so) *The scene of a horrific mass murder when 40 members of the McMahon clan were invited to Leap to train with the O'Carrolls for
warfare against an enemy clan.. the training commenced in a feast in which the treacherous O'Carrolls poisoned their guests so as to avoid footing the
bill (sounds insane to me as well, but that's what the source said! Will post sources at bottom.) *Later acquired by the Darby clan through marriage, and the rumored location of vast treasures hidden by Jonathan Darby in the
height of the English Civil War. *An ancestor of the Darby's, Mildred Darby, reportedly awakened or invoked the evil Elemental spirit while dabbling with the
occult inside the castle. Here is an excerpt from her testimony about the spirit:
"I was standing in the Gallery looking down at the main floor, when I felt somebody put a hand on my shoulder. The thing was about the size of a
sheep. Thin guanting shadowy..., it's face was human, to be more accurate inhuman. Its lust in its eyes which seemed half decomposed in black cavities
stared into mine. The horrible smell one hundred times intensified came up into my face, giving me a deadly nausea. It was the smell of a decomposing
*Bombed and burnt to the ground in 1922 by IRA.
I will include links, pictures, and a short video so you can gain more information about this fascinating and terrifying place.
Bloody Chapel where brother killed brother
Oubliette where three cartloads of bodies were found- apparently, people were dumped in this hole on spikes and left to slowly die
Rendition of an elemental spirit
Here is a link to an excellent site about the Elemental of Leap Castle- please take a look and read the additional info. leapcastle.net...
And finally, I leave you with a short video detailing the castle's haunted history:
*The scene of a horrific mass murder when 40 members of the McMahon clan were invited to Leap to train with the O'Carrolls for warfare against
an enemy clan.. the training commenced in a feast in which the treacherous O'Carrolls poisoned their guests so as to avoid footing the bill
This reminded me of "The Red Wedding" from Game of Thrones.
There was a book I've read called Forever which is basically how some Irish dude in the 1700s was cursed with immortality and upon losing his
immortality in 2001 shortly after 9/11 was offered to go to the Irish afterlife. During the 1700s, he and some Irish were secret practitioners of the
ancient Druid religion (It was illegal to practice because of Christian authorities at the time). When I read about this I was reminded of the book
due to the Spirit realm and ancient Druid religion mentioned here.
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Awesome thread zosi, very cool idea with the background music, might have to take that idea and put it in my back pocket for a future thread, hope you
don't mind I'm currently driving right so I'll come back later and take all this in.
Thank you! To me, it fit perfectly with the theme so glad someone else was there with me.
I don't have any personal anecdotes about the castle.. just an interest in the paranormal. A few years ago, my brother, sis in law, and I were
watching a lot of ghosthunters (lol, those guys were so funny) and we went to a few local paranormal spots. We saw nothing.
My brother and sister in law, however, kept the spirit alive in other places-- they saw the Marfa Lights and visited a haunted castle in Ireland (will
ask today if it was indeed the Leap Castle) and in both cases they saw lights (after dark) that they had no explanation for. Recently, when I asked
my sister in law what was her strangest experience, she mentioned the castle.
They have more guts than I because you would never catch me at an old abandoned castle after dark.
Ah- Now that I said that, I realized the castle in question could not have been Leap because there are now human residents there.
So, no personal ghost experince for me.
Have you had any?
Thanks for reading and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed.
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Thank you Night, will be looking forward to hearing your impression of the spooky Leap Castle.
Very interesting connection with the McMahon clan.
See you later dear!
Just realized I saw this video before. I posted it one time in one of the sheds. This thread was presented so wonderfully and I enjoyed it very much.
Didn't realize there was a McMahon connection though, so that was pretty wild. Thanks!
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I have loved paranormal stuff since I was a kid. I went on one investigation and had a blast. It was a dinner, presentation of the history of the
building and then an actual investigation where we could use ghost hunting tools. It was a historical Inn/restaurant in another town. New England is
just filled with ghostly tales and happenings.
Feel free to post more fascinating threads like this. Oh and...send me a private message in case I miss it. Sometimes I get busy and miss some good
threads. Thanks Hun!
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