Alfredo - Feb '08
This is an extremely uplifting story for a man like me, married with depressions
Timothy Green - Feb '08
I heard this story years ago on Sunday Miscellany, an interesting programme on
RTÉ Radio One. I came to it again today from an article on the front
page of h2g2:
Mary - Apr '07
Have only just heard this story - was sceptical -
and told to look up the web - am just gob smacked and my worst
fear just made even worse - made up my mind for me - I want
to be cremated.....
Victoria Magee - Feb '07
Today the inscription on the grave is not as clear as in
the picture but it is still readable, I live beside this
graveyard and as a child we were told to stay out of it
as Margorie would get ya . Another part of the story goes
that she out lived her husband and conceived a child after
her trip to the graveyard. I don't no if this is fact
but it adds to this already interesting story.
Linda Crooks - Jan '07
I love this story my gran told us about her when we were kids.
We used to hide behind the curtains and shout "Its me
its me its Margorie" and jump out!
I've carried on the tradition with my kids and they love the
A couple of years ago I brought a friend of mine from England
around the graveyard to show her Margorie's grave but I couldn't
find it so I sending this article to her now. she'll believe
Joanne Dodds - Nov '06
As a small child growing up in Lurgan town, the story of Margorie
Mc Call was one that we all knew well. My friends and I went
many times to vist Shankill Graveyard. The graves themselves
are very old with lots of cracks and holes. VERY SPOOKY! Margorie's
house is still standing in Church Place Lurgan, not far from
the Graveyard all these years later in 2006!
Joy - June 06
That is a very cool story!
Kathleen Mc Crory, Canada - Jan '06
Thank you for reviving one of the old stories of Lurgan. I
came from Aghagallon, just outside of Lurgan, and remember
my father telling me that story, which at the time I thought
to be folklore.
Esther Buckley - Jan '06
I too remember my grandmother (Ellen "Baby" McKinley)
telling us this story when we were growing up (I was born
in Union Street). I'm currently researching my family tree
and came across this story by chance when looking up Lurgan
Cemetery. I was always convinced this was a true story even
though others I related it to laughed - I now have the proof
and unfortunately for poor Margorie, was very pleased to read
it! God rest her soul.
Scott McBride - Nov 05
I was researching some articles about Lurgan for a history
homework when I came across the article about Marjorie McCall.
I couldn't help but read it. I've heard this story from my
Great Grandmother who is 95 and still lives in Lurgan.
[perhaps your grandmother might
have a few stories we could add to the site? Ed.]
Stephanie Roland - June '05
Hello, I'm from Lurgan myself and I am 21 years old, I have
heard a lot of different versions of this story and was pleased
to see the proper story here. I have to say that I didnt think
it was that long ago but I'm glad it was in the olden days
and not modern times!!!!
Kerry - April 05
this is so scary !
CAELON - April 05
I THINK THIS IS A VERY SCAREY THING TO READ BUT ONLY I AM
THE AGE THAT I CAN STICK IT WHICH OTHER CHILDREN CANT THANKS
FOR THE PASSAGE OF THIS STORY CAELON ALSO I THINK THAT U SHOULD
GET A PASSAGE ON ALEXANDERA CUBAGES GRAVE THAT GOT HIS HEAD
TOOK OFF BY A TRAIN THAT IS ALSO BURRIED IN SHANKILL GRAVYARD
Brian Cunningham - March 05
Very interesting story ineed! Thank goodness the poor woman
wasn't laid to rest in the sea!
Jimmy - December '04
I was told, that after the death of John McCall, Margorie
married a man named McGaw,and that she is actually buried
further down Shankill cemetery, I checked, there is a McGaw
buried, in the section near to the railway lines.
Allison - September '04
This story is quite spooky. I'm from Portadown and my granda
used to tell me this story when I was wee. I thought he was
just making it up!!
Dawn - August '04
As a child, I recall my mother telling me of such
tale. I enjoyed the reading! Interestingly enough, all my
family including my mother, is buried in Shankill Graveyard.
Edie - August '04
I thought this story was well written and informative. As
a child I lived in Shankill Grave yard and visited this grave
often. So seeing this article was nice!
Sonia Wood - August '04
Most interesting and nicely written on a subject that could
be either a source of too much seriousness or not enough.
Frazer - August '04
About five years ago in Trinity College in Dublin they were
laying some pipes in Front Square. When they were digging
they uncovered a mass grave, I think there were about 90 bodies
They concluded that they had been there for about 150 years
and were bodies stolen from other graves in the city. Apparently
it was quite common for medical students at the time to rob
graves for the cadavers. I think it was the only way they
could get their hands on them.
So maybe this is more common than we think. And maybe there's
a similar grave up at Queen's.
Owen - August '04
I remember I heard a story like this about Saint Francis Xavier.
After he was beatified they exhumed his remains, maybe so
they could display them or share them amongst the churches.
When they opened the coffin they found scratch marks on the
inside of the lid.
Because of this there was a campaign to remove his sainthood.
A man who's scared of death surely can't have a close relationship
with God. I don't know if this story is true. Maybe someone
else has heard the same thing, or knows more about it?
Erina McAdam - August '04
This is an original and entertaining article!
Quite historically informative as well which is nice.