It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop With Contests! Prizes! And our Very Special Guests: THE IRISH GHOST HUNTERS!!! Yayyy!!!!!

Now, if you’re over the age of, say, 30, you should be imagining a wildly-clapping amphibian, because this is the best Kermit The Frog impression I can do via the written word.

That being said: WELCOME! Failte! And even céad míle fáilte! It’s 2012, which means our family is brushing up on our Gaelic (really), and dusting off the maps and guidebooks to prepare for our we-do-this-every-four-years-and-yes-we-get-that-it’s-always-during-the-US-Elections trip to the Emerald Isle. I’d like to say I’m starting to practice driving on the left-hand side of the road, but since Craig Alaska’s finest and assorted Alaska State Troopers may be reading this, I’ll just say I’m DREAMING about driving on the left-hand side of the road… at least until they catch me at it.

Through the wondrous thing that is Twitter, I had the good fortune to meet Paul Moynihan (Historian/Investigator) and Maedhbh Larkin (Location Manager/Investigator) with THE IRISH GHOST HUNTERS! They’re positively fantastic people! When I got tangled up in this Blog Hop, I thought — wow — what better guests for a St. Patrick’s Day Hop with horror/paranormal writers than The Irish Ghost Hunters? And when they agreed to appear, well, that was too much awesomesauce to imagine! You should follow them on Twitter (@MLarkin_IGH @paulmoynihanIGH @ighosthunters) and love their Friends of the Irish Ghost Hunters group over on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/196999173648883/). When you scroll down to the bottom of the interview, you’ll see links to footage of their investigations at Connolly Station in Dublin (we’ve been there!), in County Mayo (we’ve NOT been there!), and the three-part series at Wicklow Jail (we WANT to go there, but in a good, we’re-not-staying-long kind of way!).

AND…. because this is a Blog Hop, there’s a contest with way-cool prizes. Of course, click the hop link at right to go on to other blogs, and there’s the BIG prize of the Kindle Fire and lots of gift cards, but if you want to win the awesome awarded-by-the-Alaskan-horror-writing-chick prize, check THIS out! Once again, thanks to our GOOD FRIENDS over at Raven’s Brew (and you should love THEM on Facebook, too: https://www.facebook.com/#!/RavensBrewCoffee) I’ve got TWO Deadman’s Reach hoodies (XL) up for grabs! All you have to do is leave your SCARIEST TRUE ghost story or FUNNIEST TRUE ghost story in the comments section and you could win BIG! Paul & Meadhbh (um…surprise?) are going to help judge, and the winner will be notified and lauded loudly here by Monday! Because it’s March and we’re in the throes of what is locally known as “Fish Egg Weather” on the island, it may be awhile before the wind dies down and the packages get out, but it’s all good.

I’ll shut up now, and without further ado, please WELCOME (Failte!) The Irish Ghost Hunters! (Did I mention they’re FANASTIC?)

 

Amy: What is the scariest moment you guys have experienced on an investigation?

Paul: For me, one of the scariest moments happened on an investigation of Wicklow Jail when, while conducting a session in one of the cells, I heard knocking on one of the walls when I was completely alone. Knocking is a very common form of spirit contact, but what followed is what gave me the chills! I asked ‘Do you want me to stay here with you?’ The response was as clear as day, and a very angry male voice yelled in my ear ‘No!’ That was a great moment, unforgettable for sure!

Meadhbh: I would have to say the scariest moment for me would have been in the library of Charleville Castle. There was a group of five of us sitting around a table and we heard heavy footsteps walk slowly around the table, they walked in between me and another girl and the EMF meter, which detects changes in the electromagnetic field,began to spike. There was just a very threatening feeling in the air with that incident.

Amy:  Hmm… library, huh…? Um.. on the lighter side… What is the funniest moment you have experienced on a paranormal investigation?

Paul: Anything to do with our Tech Supervisor Gavin Canavan is funny! He is just one of those naturally funny people and, much to his delight, he is the subject of pranks and tomfoolery! One of his classic quotes, while trying to make contact witha spirit, is ‘Knock once for yes, twice for female’! He is a great guy though, and he is brilliant at what he does!

Meadhbh: I’d have to agree with Paul! Also, on a public investigation, a member of the public once asked a spirit ‘Can you make the lights on the EMF meter light up if you are not here’! How is that possible!

Amy: When was the first moment you realised you were not alone?

Paul: Last June, we conducted a paranormal investigation in Connolly Station, Dublin, which is Ireland’s most used train station. We had the entire station to ourselves for the night. We had heard reports of poltergeist activity which had been occurring in one of the disused platforms of the station and went down there to investigate. I was joined by Thomas Borza, our Tech Manager, and we began to conduct an EVP session. All of a sudden the door leading to the platform slammed shut. This happened again in response to questions, as if someone was standing there slamming it! Meadhbh joined us with our team-mates Tanya Brady and Damien Douglas who all experienced it also! Irish Ghost Hunters founder and Lead Investigator Tim Kelly set up a night vision camera and we captured the door slamming on camera various times! We checked the area for draughts, but there were none present! As a scientific and sceptical team of Investigators, it is our job to debunk these experiences but this one in particular just couldn’t be logically explained! Check out our youtube episode to judge for yourselves! Another strange experience I had was when I ventured into the dungeon of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, County Offaly, on my own! It is, without doubt, the scariest place I have ever been! The dungeon is covered in what appeared to be torture implements and what can only be described as a dark altar! I decided to go in alone to take some photographs and, after a few minutes, I had the strangest feeling that somebody was standing in the shadows watching me! I got out soon after! I am sure that this experience was pure adrenaline and the chances of it being paranormal are slim but it still gave me a good fright!

Meadhbh: I agree with Paul about Connolly Station, that door slamming was an incredible thing to witness!  For me, the first time I realised I was not alone was at the Hellfire Club in the Dublin mountains. It is a disused, run down gentlemens club which bore witness to much debauchery and the dark arts are said to have been conducted here! It was a freezing cold night and to set the scene, a fog had rolled in off the sea, I was sitting on one of the upstairs windowsills of the building and under my breath I was asking for something to happen if there was somebody there with me. I was wearing a big heavy coat and had a scarf on, in the next few minutes I heard and felt the zip on my jacket being yanked down and my scarf started to tighten on my neck! That was one of those things I can’t explain!

Amy:  Yikes, Meadhbh! I’d have been outta there! But, what do you think of people who scoff at the notion of spirits?

Paul: I respect all opinions in the world of the paranormal, as there is a reason that these things remain unexplained. Nobody has all of the answers, and, even though we have experienced some incredibly unusual things, we are all still sceptical! To quote Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?’

Meadhbh: I feel the same as Paul but I had this discussion with some people recently who were adament that ghosts did not exist and were in the same league as Santa Claus. They told me to prove to them that ghosts do exist. I told them to prove to me that they didn’t.

Amy: What is the strangest thing that you have seen?

Paul and Meadhbh: On the 31st of January 2012, we conducted a paranormal investigation in Cabra Castle, a truly magnificent location in County Cavan. While doing a session in the bar area of the castle, Meadhbh spotted a shadow fly in front of her down the hallway. One of the staff members also witnessed this and ran away, terrified. The two of us walked down the hallway to investigate when all of a sudden a man appeared to the right of us and walked slowly from right to left in front of us. We called the figure, expecting a response as we thought perhaps it was one of our team members, but the man continued to walk slowly and disappeared around the corner. When we rounded the corner immediately after, the man was gone!

Amy:  I hate to ask this question, but my son Patrick (did I mention we have an Irish thing going on in our family?) brought it up, and it’s something I’ve wondered about, too. Has anyone ever tried to discredit your team or your methods?

Paul and Meadhbh: There have been certain members of the public who have made their feelings quite clear about paranormal investigation, and these feelings have been far from positive. We have total respect for those people as they are entitled to their opinions and it is healthy to have this. The field of paranormal investigation is a strangely competitive one and we do not know why. Luckily, most paranormal teams are very supportive to one another but, like anything in life, there are teams who are involved for the sole purpose of trying to be the best. We believe all teams need to work together to either prove or disprove the existence of life after death, rather than to compete to see who gets the best footage!

 

Amy: Did you go into this thinking you’d find evidence or were you convinced there’d only be negative evidence? I mean, how has being paranormal investigators changed your view on the subject of ghosts?

Paul and Meadhbh: We both entered this with open minds and a healthy level of scepticism. To this day, we maintain both of these attitudes but, due to the level of activity that we have experienced, it is only fair to say that we have more belief in the existence of paranormal activity than we had before!

(Told you they are all sorts of awesome!)

Now, check ’em out online here: The Irish Ghost Hunters

and contact them here:

mlarkin@irishghosthunters.com

paulmoynihan@irishghosthunters.com

And WATCH them HERE and NOW! (Sorry, not yelling, it’s just so cool, I can’t stand it)




And a bonus — The Hellfire Club in the Dublin Mountains that Meadhbh referred to earlier… 0.o

Many, many Thanks to The Irish Ghost Hunters! Go raibh maith agat go leor to everyone who stopped by! (okay, I’m using Google’s translator on that one, call me on it if it’s incorrect!) Don’t forget to love up our guests and friends on Facebook and Twitter, leave a comment to win the blog hop prizes AND, leave a story to win Deadman’s Reach gear!

(And if you don’t have a ghost story, leave a comment to win a Deadman’s Reach ball cap!)

Oooooo….. Raven’s Brew Deadman’s Reach Hoodie….

 

 

 

 

 

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32 thoughts on “It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop With Contests! Prizes! And our Very Special Guests: THE IRISH GHOST HUNTERS!!! Yayyy!!!!!

  1. Not sure how scary it is but it is true. It was scary when i was a 6 year old little girl!

    I lived in a 120 year old refurbished school house with my parents and 8 year old brother. My mother always said that she thought the was a ghost in the house…well one night when my brother and I were sleeping in our rooms that were upstairs our furniture was rearranged. I’m talking I ended up in his room and him in mine with us still in our beds. My dad was not home that night and my mom woke up to scraping noises on the floor. She is very small and has always had back problems so there is no way she could move beds and dressers.

    We used to find other things moved around and lights turned on but the night above is the most drastic ever.

    Thanks!

  2. Sorry, I have no ghost stories. We always lived in fairly new apartment buildings, nothing older or historical with lots of death. I love love to experience a ghost sighting, but in reality it would probably scare the crap out of me.

    acm05atjuno.com

  3. I don’t have any ghost stories, never lived in any old houses. Not sure what I would do if I had an ghostly experience!
    Jean
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  4. I’ve had some kind of spectral shenanigans in pretty much every place I’ve ever lived, some more troubling than others. One of the weirdest was when I was nine or ten and had this terrible lucid nightmare about someone coming into our house and slaughtering the entire family. In the dream I had barely escaped and ran outside to a park around the corner, where an old man beckoned me over and told me to be calm and that everything was fine, none of it was real and that he would always be there if I needed him. I remembered that old man’s face vividly for years. Several years later I was in Toronto for Christmas and my great-grandmother showed me a picture of my great-grandfather, who had died decades before I was born, and whose picture I had never seen. It was the very man from my dream. Later still, I discovered that he was a well-known psychic and had helped police find a child-killer in the 30’s. His “talents” apparently made him a miserable, hateful man and a raging alcoholic, which ostracized him from much of the family. I suppose, in a way, that all formed a lot of my interest in the occult and macabre and my predilection for spookiness.

          • 0.o That sounds like when Patrick (when he was 2) walked out of his bedroom, struck a pose, put a hand on his hip and said, “Look, my name is Patrick AUGUST Marshall, right?” Tim and I looked at each other (trying not the laugh) and said, “Um … right.” He nodded. “Good,” he said, “My name is Patrick AUGUST Marshall, not Patrick ORTH Marshall, right?” I looked at Tim and he’d paled. I said, “What honey?” And Patrick insisted, “There’s a guy in my room, and he keeps saying Patrick ORTH Marshall, and that’s not my name, it’s AUGUST, but he doesn’t believe me.” Tim went WHITE. “Were you asleep, honey?” I started carefully. “No. I’m gonna go play.” And he ran off ….

            Patrick Orth Marshall is Tim’s dead father.
            To this day, we believe Patrick was having some kind of weird argument with his dead grandfather (who was probably trying to introduce himself, but Patrick’s a stubborn sort of fellow, and thought he just got his name wrong…)

            Yeah …. for real …. ^__^

  5. I’m afraid I have no ghost stories to tell. I do believe in them and I’ve always wondered if there wasn’t a ghost in my house but other than thinking that I’ve seen something odd a few times nothing much else has happened.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Okay I don’t know if this counts but its funny well at least to me.
    When me and my hubby first started dating I told him I can’t watch scary movies and go to bed…… he didn’t believe me so that night he rented the grudge and we watched it and went to bed, in the middle of the night I got up to use the bathroom and when I came back a ghost was sitting in my bed……… I screamed and ran forward, knocked the ghost over and tried sitting on it, I was scared in my mind at that moment attacking the ghost made sense. Needless to say after a second or two I was over my panic attack and realized I just attacked my boyfriend, who was being sweet and sat up in bed to make sure I wasn’t scared when I got done in the bathroom. I still lived with my parents so my little sister came running to my room to make sure I was okay my dad came over in his boxers 🙁 which was mortifying. My boyfriend who is now my hubby laughed at me and to this day still makes jokes about the grudge ghost coming to get me, on the plus side he now believes me about not being able to watch a scary movie before I go to sleep 🙂

    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

  7. Sorry i don’t have any ghost stories but my life is still young ( even if i too one more year today) so it could happen

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I love ghost stories and unfrotunately don’t have any of my own. I believe in them 🙂

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I live in Iceland, so I’ll spare you the shipping cost if I’d win! Instead I’ll leave a comment for the grand prize 🙂 There are tons of ghost stories here in Iceland though, and most Icelanders believe in ghosts.

    Erica 🙂

    • You’re still in it to win it, Erica! I think the Raven’s Brew crew would find the idea of a Deadman’s Reach cap in Iceland all sorts of awesome! ^__^ Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I’ve experienced things but nothing really scary. I love Ghost Hunters and IGH looks like a great show too!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  11. The house we live in now is haunted. My eleven year old daughter sees a shadow person about twice a month, and I can feel it standing next to my side of the bed all the time. I have even tried to get my husband to allow investigators into our home, but he seems to think we are imagining everything.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  12. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

    Sorry I don’t have any ghost stories of my own. 🙁

    menina.iscrazy @ yahoo.com

  13. Well…I spent an hour typing in my brush with a ghost and hit sbmit and got an error message. Sorry…I cannot spare another hour.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  14. I love ghost hunters! I watch them all the time. Thanks for sharing the Irish version. I have several ghost stories, most recently one at a Womens’ Club that meets in an antebellum house. It was a very active night! I can’t wait to go back in a month or so.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  15. When I was little — maybe 4 or 5 years old, my family used to go visit my aunt & uncle. They had this big, old house. They couldn’t have any kids of their own,but they always had family visiting on long weekends, etc….

    They’d joke the house was haunted, because lights in rooms would turn themselves on and off, doors you closed would later be open–just random stuff…

    When I was at their house, there was a room I loved to stay in, mostly because it had a beautiful bay window with a window seat. I remember a couple of times, when I was sleeping in the room, I’d half wake up because I was cold, and when I went to pull up my blankets, I’d see a lady, sitting in the window seat, looking out the window. I never got scared, I just felt she was sad. I’d mention it, and it would get written off as one of my “imaginary friends”.

    When I was older, I was talking to my aunt about “the lady” — the house had been sold years before…My Aunt told me that they’d had a friend who was somewhat psychic check out the house, and was told it was haunted by the couple who used to live there, and they were sad because the house needed children. When my aunt and uncle sold the house, they made sure the buyers had lots of kids….

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  16. We went to see the “ghost lights” on the railroad tracks on Halloween night. It was rumored that a gost train traveled around midnight and you could hear the engine a see the lights. So we were freaked out already..lol…but the amazingly awesome thing was we walked well off of the path and found an old abandoned part of a train off of the side of the tracks. We were going towards it when suddenly…we heard it! We jerked our heads up and actually saw a faint shine coming through the trees towards us!! We were so freaked out we ran!!! But when we turned around, everything was the same…no light..no noise…So was it real? Hell yes!! We were there!! LOL!!
    Awesome contest!! I hope you have a great Saint Patty’s Day!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

  17. We have a ghost that lives in our house. Very friendly, likes to play jokes sometimes by turning up the volume on the tv or stereo, but very rarely. However, when we have company over, he/she stomps upstairs and slams doors and raises all kinds of chaos until they leave, lol.
    We’ve only had overnight guests stay one night, and then they leave for a motel *snort*.

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

  18. I do believe in ghosts. Our house is haunted. Many scary tales i could share. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. AHHHH, I can’t think right now. I will have to think up a good ghost story and come back.

    Pamela Jo
    theresjustlife(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. When I was about five or six, my oldest brother and his then-fiance lived in a house in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Louisville. It was one of those grand old Victorians that had been converted to apartments–and their bathroom was actually outside their apartment, off the landing on the staircase. I went to visit the powder room, and became transfixed by a transparent “sheet like” shape moving up the stairs toward me. I will never forget the rippling effect of the wallpaper behind the shape. Whatever “it” was, was completely transparent, and I only knew it was there because it was warping everything I could see behind it.

    Slowly, slowly up the stairs.

    Maybe this is why I have no trouble believing Mad Eye Moody can see invisibility cloaks. Or that Snape could feasibly reach outward and try to grab something he couldn’t see. I’ve seen it!

    I have always known that was a ghost. I was too scared to use the bathroom, and when I ran back to main of the apartment, no one believed me. I’ve never seen anything like it again, but I know it was real.

    • And then the ghost ATE YOUR SISTER!
      I have an invisibility cloak. It’s a blue hat with a big red B on it. Whenever I wear it, my wife’s whole family pretends I don’t exist. Damn Yankee fans.

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