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The Living Dead in Lurgan - your replies

Article contributed by James Gracey.

(August 2004)

Shankill graveyard, Co Armagh

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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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A30924119.

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 story too.
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 me now!

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 in it.
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.
Good stuff!

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