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Ballygally Castle Hotel Ball
Brian Willis of Bushmills tells of the hotel
guests who attended a function which hadn't yet taken
Read about The
Ballygally Castle Hotel Ball .
Does Ballygally Castle Hotel really have a ghost
or not? On Hallowe'en Night (Thursday 31st October
2002) BBC Northern Ireland had a Ghostcam
set up in the hotel. Log on at www.bbc.co.uk/halloween
to read about the hotel's "haunted room".
Walking Home from a Christening
|Photograph by Pascal
In a 1987 BBC Radio Ulster programme celebrating
Hallowe'en Night, storyteller John Campbell
told the true tale of hearing ghostly crying
while walking home from a christening, along
a country road.
Mrs McFerran of Newtownstewart related the
following story to "Your Place & mine" team member
- thankfully in a well lit room!
In the early 1940s a local woman was the back seat
passenger in an old Riley, travelling back from the
Smugglers Glen. Coming by Glentown, and before the
turn down to Tom Baird's, there was a gap in the roadside
wall, on a bend. Through the back window the woman
saw a witch 'gliding' over the stoney gap, in a long
black skirt and a red shawl over her head. She shouted
to the others in the car, but they saw nothing.
However, in the early 1980's, there was an article
in the Strabane weekly newspaper about a famous Warlock
called Dr. Walsh, who lived at Tom Baird's and used
to hold witches and warlock conventions. Wasn't it
strange that the woman had seen a witch just there?