Five spooktastic stays this Halloween – haunted hotels in Ireland

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Looking for a hauntingly beautiful hotel getaway with a twist this Halloween?

Maybe you have a taste for all things afterlife, or you’d like to test your bravery while dancing with the spirits?

Here are 5 haunting hotel stays that are sure to get your heart racing this spooky season.

1. The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

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The Shelbourne Hotel boasts over 200 years of Irish history.

That history includes the life and death of a little girl named Mary Masters. Guests have reported hearing her mournful cries in the middle of the night, with some even feeling her presence at the foot of their beds.

2. Kinnitty Castle, Offaly

The Kinnitty Castle has been present in its current site for over 800 years.

If you’re looking for some real paranormal activity this Halloween- why not meet the most famous spirit to wander the halls at Kinnity – a friendly monk.

He is said to interact with both guests and staff alike. For a haunted night, book the Geraldine or Elizabeth bedrooms.

3. Blackwater Castle, Cork

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Blackwater Castle has been in existence for some 2,500 years when the original castle was built, although there have been plenty of upgrades over the years. It is host to stunning views which are bound to leave you breathless.

For thrill-seekers, you can attempt to set your sights on the most famous spirit that lingers in the property, Lady Roche, a woman killed for defending the property in the year 1650.

4. Kilkea Castle, Kildare


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If you’re interested in the more mystical side of things, take a trip to Kilkea Castle.

If you get your timing right, you might have a chance to meet with the sorcerer during one of his visits to the castle.

These sightings only happen once every seven years though, so plan your travel accordingly.

5. Castle Leslie Estate, Monaghan

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If you are up for a night of paranormal interactions, and maybe even some levitation, you can test your will at Castle Leslie Estate.

The Leslie family have occupied the property since the 1600s, and while they still run it, their ancestors also haunt it.

Deceased family members, Norman and Constance Leslie are said to frequently appear in two distinct rooms- the Red Room and the Mauve Room.

Words by Rebekah O’Reilly


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