Their lives were plagued by a poltergeist that appeared determined
to evict them from the house. Many other people witnessed
the amazing events that occurred. One such visitor was
the MP, Cahir Healy, and another was Father Coyle from
Maguiresbridge. Rapping was heard both during the night
and day. One source says these rappings were sometimes
to the rhythm of tunes. A couple of "its" favourites
were "Boyne Water" and "The Soldiers Song".
Mysterious shapes appeared and disappeared and music would waft across the room. Father Coyle described seeing clothes rising and falling on an empty bed as if someone was underneath breathing. Pots and pans would suddenly fly across the kitchen.
Eventually the family were forced to flee not just because of the unsettling happenings in their home but also driven out and ostracised by superstitious neighbours. The family took the boat for America but even then, to their horror, the poltergeist continued its terrible deeds in their cabin on board and even followed them to their new home in the United States. Eventually, after many years, its manifestations subsided and the family was able to rest and get on with their lives. It is said that the "Coonian Ghost" is the best-recorded and authenticated ghost in Irish History.
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Jojo - Aug '08
Hi Folks, I've been fascinated reading your tales of
the Cooneen Ghost. I am a paranormal investigator with
a team in Northern Ireland. If possible could some one
email me the address or directions to the house? I'd
Pete - July '08
Anyone able to give me the exact location of the house.
I'm a curious ghost hunter. I don't want to disrupt
either the house or the local people. Would just love
to visit it.
Enya - June '08
The Coonian Ghost is a prisionar buried under the floor
boards. My great aunt was killed by the prisionar who
is now the Coonian Ghost.
T he Coonian Ghost falled may people and drove people
to move. the coonian ghost also killed the mother of
the Morphy family.
Ciara - May '08
It's not scary at all!!!!!!!!!!
Mo - Feb '08
Visited the house last saturday... It's freaky!!!
Would love ta go up again at night although I have
been warned by ones not ta go near the place!! The
way I look at it is - it's not the dead that harm you
it's the living!!!
Donna Murray - Dec '07
How do you get to it, I'mm very courious. Has anyone any photos?
Linda - Apr '07
Theres no such thing as a ghost at cooneen
iv grew up ther all me life n av been to da house fater
dark on me own and wit friends nuffins eva happened
us im afraid
Cathal - Apr '07
I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE THOSE CONSIDERING GOING
TO OR DISRESPECTING THE HOUSE OR PROPERTY TO LEAVE IT
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I USED TO VISIT WHO LIVED IN THAT
AREA, I WAS NINE WHEN MY SIBLINGS AND I WERE SAT DOWN
AND TOLD THE STORY.WE WERE WARNED NOT TO STEP FOOT ON
THE PROPERTY. I RECENTLY BROUGHT THIS UP WITH MY 93
YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER.HE KNOWS ALLTHE FACTS AND TO BE
HONEST I WOULD NOT REPEAT THE TRUE STORY.IT SHOULD BE
LEFT IN THE PAST.
THE LITTLE GIRL FROM THAT FAMILY SPENT HER LIFE IN A
HOME IN AMERICA SHE WAS IN THE SAME HOME UP UNTIL RECENT
I HAVE KNOWN OF IT ALL MY LIFE AND I HAVE NEVER OR WOULD
NEVER CROSS ITS THRESHOLD.
THE COUNCIL OR A LOCALCOMMUNITY GROUP WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
WITH THE HOUSE AND THEY WERE STOPPED BY LOCAL CLERGY.
Jacquí - Apr '07
Not scary at all 2 be honest, we took the toaster 2
weeks ago..... havent seen any bad luck come from it....
but watch this space!!!!ha ha me and a few mates are
going camping there 2nite!!! WOOHOO
Janice b - Apr '07
We went up during school during school hours to play
a prank on our friend! 2 of our mates wer already up
der 2 scare us but the prank was on them as wen we
got up we saw the ghost...... oh my god freakkkkkkkkkky
shit... WE FOUND THE TOASTER!! AND IT HAD TOAST INIT
WITH R NAMES ON IT!!!!!!! N SAID AT TEH BOTTOM ALRYT
Nial - Apr '07
A few years ago I brought a film crew to Fermanagh
to make a short film about the ghost house of Cooneen.
As we were about to enter the forest, an elderly man
appeared by the roadside and told us no good would
ever come from visiting the house. The director thanked
him for his advice but we continued on regardless.
After about forty minutes we turned back and as we
were crossing the narrow ditch by the roadside, the
director fell heavily into the ditch. We managed to
pull him from the flooded ditch but his leg was badly
broken. We called the emergency services but it took
nearly an hour for an ambulance to arrive.
As the ambulance crew were dealing with the injured
man, I spotted the elderly man watching the proceedings
from further up the road. He simply told us that it
was an evil place and we should have stayed away.
The director said later he had no recollection of
falling and those behind him said it was as if he was
pushed. We all had a few stiff drinks that night.
Nuala - Apr '07
I live right beside it..i have went to it plenty of
times...i have seen the toaster and playing cards..theres
real strange writing on the wall..i dont know wat it
means...and you hear real FREAKY noises too...!!i went
to it once and had 2 bring me wellies lol...but when
you walk up it you feel like your sinking you have
2 walk on 2 banks and the trees like make an arch...i
went into it too...i came out the other way and ther
was a ole car outside that had been dumped there..well
Jimmy Hughes - Mar '07
Went there on march 20 2007 definite negative energy.
had hard time breatheing and pressure on my chest.
temp much colder around the house. went into the kitchen
took a picture . i just felt bad energy and wanted
to leave right away. wouldnt dream of being there after
Sheila New Jersey USA - Mar '07
I heard about the Coonen Ghost as a child in Ireland.
My mother said the the family eventually left and went
to America and the ghost followed them there, even on
the ship it kept them awake at night rapping and banging.
allthe other passengers complained of the noise and
they were put off at Ellis Island. I remember her saying
that the boys were so sleepy during the days that one
of them was run down in the streets of New York or Boston.
James Hughes - Mar '07
Visiting from the states visited the hose at 9 am march
20. immeditely felt a pressure on my chest and difficulty
breatheing. definite neg energy about the house. took
several pictures which are now in for developing. friend
that took me there told mehe took his disbelieving brother
there at x mas and the brother took a stonefrom the
house and has been in the hospital ever since with an
ailment they cant find . even the trees around it grow
in an unnatural way . i was in it in the morning briefly
i would never dream of being in there after dark. i
believe it should not be disrespected because whatever
is there is negative.
Ash - Feb '07
Was at the ghost house!me and friends scared 4 life!realilygood
fun scary though!
Paul - Feb '07
Me and a group of my friends went up to the Cooneen
ghost house on Friday the 2nd of February 2007. We
went up 2 the the house and walked inside. A few of
us signed our names on the wall.. it was real eerie.
What was with the toaster on the ground? The cross
made of stone added to the fear. The room onthe right
I noticed was colder than any other room in the house.
I was video
recording the house and we were just standing inside
the house and we heard a high pitched scream in the
forrest. We ran down the forest and I noticed a flickering
light. Then as if from nowhere a fire started at the
gap. We had to get out as it was blocking us from
getting out. We were scared. At first we thought it
was some one playing a trick but then we went back
up two nights later to see if it was real. When we
got to the house we saw a flickering light inside.
Three of us walked to the door and we saw a candle
burning in the room. Then a fire started in the same
e as the first night. We ran down the forest and another fire staretd. We got
out on the road and there was nobody around anywhere
and the fire was blocking the gap and one across the
road. Nobody knew we were going up so nobody could
of played a trick. Ithink this proves there is still
something in the house.
Jean Skitt - Feb '07
Does anyone know of the "Headless Monk" which
is supposed to haunt the village of Bawnboy Co Cavan
- my Grandfather often told me the story as he was born
in Bawnboy and had seen it but as a little girl living
in inner Manchester - it frightened me to listen to it
- I would give anything to hear him tell it to me now
he is dead and gone, God Bless him.
J. McCaffery - Feb '07
I know the story of the house. The boy that had lived
there had found the book " the legion of doom".
And discoverd how to raise some sort of demon. The book
had been taken of him by the local priest, and is still
held by the church, or has been destroyed. There is
alot more to the house than people know. It should not
Local - Nov '06
first time i have seen this site, but i was the boyfriend
that brought karen to the house (see below at bottom).
i first went to the house years ago, and spent ages
looking for it, until an old man working in a field
asked me what i was doing, i lied and said i was doing
a school project on local history and was doing an essay
on the cooneen ghost house. He brought me up the road
on his tractor and took me into the forest to the house.
Despite all the stories here about the house, this is
the real story. The family Murphy lived here for a few
generations, the son found a book ( dont know where
) but the old farmer said it was found in the forest
somewhere, the book was called " The legions of
doom " and was supposed to give instructions on
how to practice devil worship and other satanic rites,
how to contact demons etc. The son started to develop
an unhealthy intreast in the above, and was supposed
to have tried to raise a demonic spirt in the house,
which was when things s!
tarted to go wrong in the house. chairs flung down the
small stairs, beds shakeing, and the supposed poccession
of the son. the local people know all about what was
going on and alot actually seen these things happening.
the local priest tried to "clean" the house
without success, finally the family went to America
with the Million or so other irish at the time, and
according to the farmer, the book was taken from the
son by the local church/chapel and was locked away in
the church vaults and is still there to this day! Fermanagh
district Council tried to make the house part of a kind
of tourist trail in the area, but the church would not
allow this, and supposedly this came from high up in
the church. saying that the house is not something that
people should be exposed to, and should not be focused
on. So thats the story, belive it or not! I have went
back, never seen anything, but like everyone else says,
it does have an atmosphere .
Charlene - Nov '06
Friends of mine went up early saturday morning at 5am,
they said they seen her and it was really freaky, she
wouldn't let them up the lane. They are taken me up
on tuesday night, i'd love to see what all the fuss
Patrick Garey - Nov '06
My mother related a story handed down by her mother
who was a native of County Fermanagh. It was of the
Coonien Ghost and a deceased man on the day he was to
be interred. She told of the horse drawn hearse and
how after the remains were placed in it, the horses
could not be made to move on. Those in attendance went
back into the deceased house to deliberate the problem
and they found the image of the dead man sitting at
the dining table. A priest was called and the spirit
was confined to a circle and commanded to release the
corpse. After this the funeral proceeded as normal.
She related that the coonian ghost was commanded to
a dog kennel and this was boarded up, and there after
maintained by the local people to ensure the spirit
could not escape.
Kevin May (Maguiresbridge) - Nov '06
I have been to the house and have seen the ghost on
a number of occasions and it looks like someone wearing
a big sheet! and it chased me around the forest until
I lifted a stick to it one night and chased it off,
it wont mess with me again!
Eva - Oct '06
I live near the house...Its lost its fear factor!
James - Sep '06
I almost knocked a woman down with my motorcycle 20
years ago on a narrow road above Brookeborough. She
was dressed in 1950's style clothes and just walked
across in front of me and into a field with an open
gate. I stopped and turned the bike, intending to challenge
the woman about her dangerous behaviour but on reaching
the gate was confronted with an empty field . The ground
rose steeply for perhaps a hundred yards bordered by
a thick hedge but of the woman there was no sign. Although
it was broad daylight I could feel the chill spread
up my back and the hair on the back of my neck rise.
I must admit I made a hasty retreat.
Claire - Sep '06
I live really close to the ghost house and have been
up there several times. Unfortunately some people disrespect
it terribly and my cousin and I have on occasion filled
a plastic bag with beer tins and crisp packets. I often
walk down the forestry lane beside the house and last
night on a walk I heard really strange noises. It was
very nearly dark and unbelievably scary. An uncle of
mine once spent a night in the house and my grandfather
saw the ghost several times.
Jake McManus - Aug '06
I have been in the house with friends and saw a man
covered in blue.
Dean - July '06
I went the Cooneen ghost house last night with 2 of
my mates...scariest place ever! The cross made of stone
on the ground! But what is with the toaster? I know
how it got there and why...
Honest to God this is the truth! A friend of my uncles
has been there about 10 times and after his last trip
there his TV, microwave, kettle and toaster in his house
began to break and make noises even when turned off.
His mother came to him and said "bring that ghost
back to cooneen as it is disturbing the electrics".
So he went back to find a toaster and kettle lying on
the ground!!! How scared would you be?
Dane - June '06
Hey Jim Creeden,
I was fascinated by your post ( comment ) here on this
comment sheet and i was wondering where abouts are you
from? and are you saying this about your own home, or
is it the cooneen ghost house? I would love to hear
more about this type of phenomenon goin on with you,
does it reply to you ( Interact with you or anyone else?)
what kind of house do you live in etc.. I dont know
if you would be reading this again.. But if anyone is,
who knows Jim, could you ask him to please contact me
on Email - Mhlegacy_manager1 at hotmail.com.
i am fascinated by his story, and as i am studying for
my BITC ( Basic investigators training course in anomalous
phenomenon) with MAPID, i would like to hear more from
Hope to hear from you soon
Gemma - June '06
I'm beginning to think that these accounts of faeries
are just another way to explain poltergeist and general
demonic activity in an area. As long as one is strong
spiritually and not doing things to draw them into one's
abode (e.g. ouija boards), or going into their territories,
one is safe. One can claim authority over them through
God and send them back to their origins. I know because
I've confronted them and have done so.
Pat - May '06
I found it very unsettling and creepy the nearer one
got to the house the trees & the algae got worse
it looks like something out of a horror film.
Karen Armstrong - Mar 06
Me and my Boyfriend where driving past on Sunday 05th
March 06 he wanted to show me this house that he had
spoken about before, it was so creepy I couldn't wait
to leave! The small walk up to the house through the
dark forest set the scene but what I found spooky is
the surrounding area of the house, is it all dewy, a
strange shade of green and the trees around are dripping
of algae, I didn't really look at the house as I didn’t
want to go too close after the stories I’d heard
nor I didn’t need to after noticing the tree's
where so strange looking all spirally and bendy surrounding
the house, it looked very out of place considering the
landscape surrounding it. A very spooky atmosphere indeed.
Jim Creeden - Jan '06
I have been plagued by 'rappings' for the last few years
now! At first I thought kids were banging on the outside
of the place we had just bought at that time so I would
go out in the middle of night and look to see who did
it. As time went on I found it was not kids but ...
something else! I thought all was well because I had
not heard them in over 1 year, but 2 nights ago it happened
again and then again the following night only that time
I heard the 'rapping' on the window by the side of my
bed. I thought I had almost got used to this sound until
the last time when I heard 'it' bang on my window. As
soon as the banging stopped I felt pulled into the low
sitting window and in fact my hand hit the window while
my head tapped into the window sill below.
Cool Boy - Dec '05
I live in Roslea and I am very freaked out
Ned Burke - November '05
I made a video - inside & outside - about ten years
ago. We were able to walk up the lane that time, it
is all over grown now, I think the forestry workers
were using it as a shelter when they were planting the
trees. My wife's uncle was married to one of the Murphy's,
he went to Boston later on.
Dane - May 05
I f any one knows any ghost stories or really haunted
places in fermanagh - cavan - monaghan, that I could
investiagte, could you please tell me. Send me an email
( note: two underslashes between ghost and
boy ) - thanks, Dane
Christine - April '05
Does anyone know where you can get a book on the Cooneen/Coonian
ghost. My dad says he had one but lent it to some one
and never got it back. We went up on Sunday, its still
Lisa - January '05
I have lived in a haunted house but not one thing like
this has happened, it was different and it did not follow
Sean - November '04
I live just beside it.... it's FREEKY....