The Nellie Fleming

Two groups of fisherman, half a mile out to sea, observed a large fishing boat heading towards them. Even though the boat made no noise or did not create any waves, the fisherman pulled back their nets fearing that the vessel contained custom officers. They hid in the nearby coves for the boat to pass- but it had vanished. A Fortnight later , a huge storm hit the area and a local schooner named “Nellie Fleming” was lost without a trace , and the fishermen were convinced that the “ Nellie Fleming” was the strange boat they had seen.

By Alyssa Power

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Banshee Story by Ashley Hennessy

One day a man I know was driving past a tall tree. He was a strange man whose friend was very sick at home. As he was driving home, he looked at the tree and saw a strange figure on top of the tree on the highest branch. It was the Banshee brushing her long black hair which was spreading across the road. He thought he was seeing things so he kept driving. He drove over her hair and the car bumped up and down. When he went home his friend was dead on the couch. There was no sign of what had happened.

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THE WELL BY ASHLEY HENNESSY

My Grandad knew a man who would walk up to the well on the cliff walk. He would visit the well and he would say a decade of the Rosary each time he went there. One day when he went up there, he started to feel sick so he sat down on the ground and said a Hail Mary, Suddenly he got up and was full of life and he ran home. However, he was after dropping his keys to the house. He got home and realised it, so he walked back to the well hoping the water that trickles from the well hadn’t carried them off over the cliff. He got there and his keys were where the water should’ve been but there was no water.  In delight he picked up his keys and walked away, He turned around and smiled to see the water was there again flowing.

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BANSHEE STORY BY EIBHLEANN GEANEY

My Great granny told my Granny that when she was younger, she heard the banshee crying if someone died who had Mac or O’ in their second name for example Mc Carthy or O`Dwyer

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The banshee by Courtney O’Mahony

When my Nan was a small girl she went to her neighbours with her friend. Her friend used to stay outside and look at a house.  It was a strange house. When her friend looked in the window she saw nothing. Next she went to the front door and something flew past. When she looked in the window again she saw a man with a knife and the banshee brushing her red hair.  She ran back to my Nan and my Nan saw her friend as pale as snow. They went home and had hot chocolate.

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Ghost Story by Emma Keevers

One day my granddad was fishing with two of his brothers. They looked across the water and saw a man in bright yellow clothes walking across the water with a boat following him. My granddad and all of his brothers said that they saw it .They later heard that someone had drowned there.

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Banshee Story by Courtney O’Mahony

My Nan was coming back from the field with her friends and one of her friends went in to the lios. She saw a man and a banshee. The man was chasing after my Nan’s friend and the banshee was brushing her hair. She went home and went to bed.

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Ghost story by Emma Keevers

My granddad and his brother went to a woman that was really sick. They went downstairs to put wood in the fire. They heard a tap on the upstairs to check on the woman. The old woman had died in the same minute that they heard the tap on the window.

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Ghost Story by Courtney O’Mahony   

My Nan’s friends were going on a walk to Ardmore. On their way they saw a ship coming into shore. They ran for their lives. They left one girl behind even though she told them to come back.  She hadn’t seen anything. When they came back they saw it again and they saw their friend as a ghost. She was only messing with them, as she had made a ship from a projector and she was wearing a ghost costume.

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Headless Horseman Story by Emmet Freyne

In Grange in 1975, my mam and her family were playing games outside. They were playing hide and go seek and my auntie was hiding in a bush. She heard a horse and she looked all around the house. Then she heard the same sound again.

She said to her family, “I’m not playing I’m hearing stuff”. She saw an abandoned, haunted house and told her sisters to “Come here and go in the haunted house”. They went inside and saw lots of bodies. They also saw the headless horseman. They ran into their house and they told their parents’ to look. They looked outside but the haunted house wasn’t there.

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Banshee facts by Henri Botrel

Banshees can only be heard by Irish people.

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Jack’s story by Jack Smyth

Once there was a man who was getting arrested for something.  He didn’t do the crime. Someone got him and choked him to death and now he haunts Mc Kenna’s Castle.  They call him the headless horseman. If you hear him scream you’ll die next year.

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Ghost Story by Molly Robinson

My Mam’s great grandfather (my Granddads dad) drowned at sea. A neighbour saw him walk up the lane and said ‘hello’ to him but he was already dead.                                                                                              

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The Red Haired Lady by Hannah Kiersey

My Nan told me when she was a younger girl, the men would bring stuff up to Tallow. On the way home a red haired woman would appear, scream and ask for a lift. If you let her on your cart bad things would happen. If you said no, she would chase the cart to get on then even worse things would happen.To stop her from getting on the cart, the men would pour holy water all over the cart and then she would not come on.

People say the woman was also a banshee.

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Fore-seeing your funeral by Hannah Kiersey



My great granddad would bring lots of things to Tallow.

On one trip he was bringing pottery up to Tipperary. He had a man with him and they pulled in for a rest. The man turned to my great granddad and said “you’re a terrible man not to pull in for that funeral,”

My granddad said “what funeral,” the man said “the one a while back.”

My granddad was confused because there was no funeral.

The next day he was moving bales of hay and he fell off the mound and died.

He had foreseen his own funeral.

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Banshee by Aoife O’ Brien

A lady was cycling down the road past a pub and that person heard a scream and the person fell off the bike and jumped into the bush, but then she saw a drunken man screaming

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The Lios and the fairies by Laura Miller

The old people believed fairies lived in a Lios. It was believed if a farmer disturbed the Lios it would bring bad luck on them.

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The Lios On Our Land by Rachel Flavin


We have a Lios on our land and it is quite big but up close it looks small. Many Lios have a dip in them. Lios are found all over Ireland. In Irish, the translation is "rath". It is very well known that is is terribly bad luck to dig into or remove a Lios. There are many stories of appearances of fairies because of people damaging them. One day my granddad was in the lios field, he was working with his neighbour, they decided that they would dig a sod, nervously they did so, and afterwards they headed back to the farm separately. My granddad got the worst headache and so did his friend. They never touched a sod of the lios again.

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Banshee by Katie Ahern

My grandmother’s friend told her that when her mother died, the door of the house flung open and she saw something white. She heard a scream and then her mother died.

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The Black Cloud by Neasa Keevers

A woman was dying in her bed, in the parish of Ardmore and Grange. There was a black cloud over the roof of the house and everywhere else the sky was perfectly clear.

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The Banshee by Neasa Keevers

When my Nana was younger, she was sitting around a fire in a relative’s house in Balecreen. Her relative was dying. She was sitting by the window and she heard the banshee scream outside the window. Shortly later the relative died.


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Do and Don’t in Relation to a Lios by Caitlin Mooney


Do treat forts with respect.

Don’t break anything in or outside the fort.

Do be careful were u stand.

Don’t step on fairies [joke].

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The Banshee Story by Caitlin Mooney


My Nan’s friend was at a disco when she was 16 and she thought someone was following her and she sprinted home and when she was going to bed there was a banshee beside her bed brushing its hair. 

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Cappoquin Corner Stone by Emma Keevers

A man lost all of his money so he went to Cappoquin corner stone in Cappoquin castle, he was told that he could make a deal with the devil and get his money back by doing this. When he got to the castle he signed a deal on the Cappoquin corner stone saying that he would give his first child to be rich again but because he didn’t have any children he didn’t care about what he was saying. He later married a French noble woman. They later had a son but the devils hell hounds came and took the son. The man was so angry that he went back to the castle and rolled the corner stone down into Cappoquin. It is called the Cappoquin corner stone and it is in the middle of Cappoquin.

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Banshee Story by Holly Kretschmer

Twas a dark night they said. The night was dark and the stars were shining. A star glowed in the coal black night. A threesome of people walked through Killeagh woods amid silhouettes of trees, shaking in the gentle eerie breeze. It was quite a peculiar night.  One of the people went off the track and found himself confronted by the Banshee. She was a scary woman, with skin as white as snow. Nine days later she was found and killed. She was said to haunt the woods forever more. It is also said you can hear her scream when you walk in the woods.

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Nellie Fleming by Aoife O’Brien



In February 1936, a hurricane crossed the mouth of Cork Harbour. There were Spring tides on the day in question and high tide was due at 6 p.m. The very low air pressure and the tidal surge meant that high tide occurred at 4 p.m. in Ardmore.

On the Sunday night before this storm, three fishermen went to put out salmon nets. They had only shot about a hundred meters of net Northeast wards from near the cliff when a large ship with many lights and a big bow wave, came bearing down on top of them from the west (Youghal direction). They were frightened that the ship would mow them down so they quickly hauled the net and the ship disappeared. The three men didn’t know what to think (Jimmy Rooney, Paddy Flynn and Paddy Power), however after a little while they decided to shoot/put out the nets again. Amazingly the ship appeared and then disappeared again from the west. The men hauled the nets in quickly; they rowed the boat right into the cliff.  Paddy Power climbed the cliff and went up to the path on the cliff walk. He walked along the path westward to try and catch a glimpse of the ship. There was no ship to be seen. The fishermen were now convinced that what they had seen was a phantom ship. They rowed back to the pier and quickly went home.

A couple of days later, a terrible storm struck Ardmore, hurricane winds blew for three full days. The winds blew poles and nets that had been on the pier away. They were later found as far away as Bóthar na Troinse. The Nellie Fleming was lost in this storm. All that was ever found from the ship was a bottle which contained a note which said “Lost with all hands” The note was signed by a crewman with the surname of Synnot. Locals believed that the ship, the three fishermen had seen, was the Nellie Fleming.

The Nellie Fleming was a ship that transported coal from Wales to Youghal. The sighting of the phantom ship off Ardmore heralded the sinking of the Nellie Fleming.

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Phantom Life Boat by Aoife O’Brien

A local fisherman kept a donkey in a small field which was near the cliffs near Ardmore head,(this field was known locally as the Roinn). There  was a strong south-easterly wind blowing and when he looked out to sea he saw what looked to him like a lifeboat crewed by many men rowing quickly straight in for the bay. He ran back to the village and the lifeboat which was kept in the boathouse was launched. The crew had assembled quickly and had pulled out to sea quickly to meet the assumed shipwreck survivors. As they did so the other lifeboat seemed to stop suddenly and then began to pull in a north easterly direction towards Mine Head. The Ardmore lifeboat crew were puzzled but decided to try and reach the other boat. However the harder they pulled the faster the other lifeboat pulled away from them. Meanwhile a gale was blowing and the Ardmore Crew came to the conclusion that they themselves would be drowned if they continued to pursue the other boat. They therefore decided to turn for home. Once home they asked the people in the local Post Office to ring Mine Head Lighthouse to ask could the Lighthouse keeper see the lifeboat that the Ardmore crew had seen and which should have been seen very clearly from the Lighthouse in Mine Head. The Lighthouse keeper had seen nothing. The Ardmore crew concluded that they had seen a phantom Lifeboat.

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The Three Fishermen by Aoife O’Brien



When my granddad and his brothers were very young they went out fishing, one day, for lobsters in Whiting Bay. They had taken the lobster pots out of the water, put them in their boat and were heading back towards Ardmore. Two brothers were sitting towards the bow of the boat and one brother was sitting at the stern manning the outboard engine. When the brother at the stern looked out onto the water, he saw a tall man dressed in a long, black coat running towards the cliffs on top of the water. The man, who had seen this, said nothing to either of the other two fishermen as he didn’t want to look foolish. However when the men arrived back at the pier, one brother who had been sitting at the front asked his brother who had been sitting near him, if he had seen anything, the brother replied that he had seen a tall man dressed in black running towards the cliffs across the top of the water at Ceann Phiarais. It emerged that all three brothers had seen the same strange image.

A short time later a salmon fishing boat capsized and one crew member was drowned. The brothers believed that what they had seen may have heralded this tragic accident.

 

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