Visit haunted Leap Castle (Leim Ui Bhanain) on the R421 towards Roscrea from Kinnitty, just 6 miles from Ardmore Country House B&B. To visit the castle call Sean Ryan at +353868690547
Now the home of Sean Ryan Leap Castle is reputed to be Ireland’s most haunted castle and was a former castle of the O Carroll Clan until 1649.
Leap Castle was built circa 1250 by the O Bannans. It was the stronghold of the O Carrolls of Ely until 1649 after which it was handed over to the Darby family until the 20th century c Mildred Darby is said to have witnessed many of the hauntings in the late 1800’s.
There are many gruesome tales of it’s history. One such tale is the murder of Thaddeus O Carroll by his brother Teighe as he celebrated mass in the castle chapel. This room above the main hall is now know as ‘The Bloody Chapel’. The story goes that after the death of Mulrrooney O Carrol in 1535 a bitter dispute arose between his sons.This came to an abrupt end when ‘one-eyed Teige who as mass was being celebrated by Thaddeus stormed into the chapel and drove a sword into the back of his brother who fatally wounded fell onto the altar in front of his family.The priest’s spirit is said to haunt the Bloody Chapel and is thought to Leap’s earliest ghosts.
The ghost of a young girl Harriet is alleged that Charleville Castle in Tullamore is haunted by the young ghost of a girl named Harriet. On April 8th 1861 Harriet the youngest daughter of the 3rd Earl of Charlevillle was in a playful mood and decided to slide down the banister of the large winding staircase.Tragically, Harriet just 8 years old lost her grip and came crashing to the stone floor. She did not survive the fall. Her ghost is still reportedly seen and felt on the stairs, and at night the screams, laughter and singing of a young girl can be heard.