In 1913 Widow Murphy and her family lived in a mountain cottage near Brookborough, Co Fermanagh. Their lives were plagued by a poltergeist that appeared determined to evict them from their 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 night and day. Mysterious shapes appeared and disappeared, 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 because they were ostracised by superstitious neighbours.

The family set off by ship for America but even then, to their horror, the poltergeist continued its terrible deeds in their cabin and even followed them to their new home. Eventually, after many years, its manifestations subsided and the family members were able to get on with their lives in peace.

It is said that the "Coonian Ghost" is the best-recorded and authenticated ghost in Irish History.


For the believer no proof is necessary, for the non-believer no proof is possible (Stewart Chase 1929)

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