Leap Castle, Coolderry, Ireland

The Most Haunted Building In Ireland

There are varied accounts as to when exactly the main tower/keep was constructed; ranging anywhere from the 13th century to the late 15th century, but most likely around 1250 CE. It was built by the O’Bannon clan and was originally called “Léim Uí Bhanáin” (as was the fertile land around the castle which was associated with the Bannon clan), or “Leap of the O’Bannons”. The O’Bannons were the “secondary chieftains” of the territory and were subject to the ruling O’Carroll clan. There is evidence that it was constructed on the same site as another ancient stone structure perhaps ceremonial in nature, and that that area has been occupied consistently since at least the Iron Age (500 BCE) and possibly since Neolithic times.

Leap Castle is said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland.  It has had a horrific history with each passing century being punctuated by ferocious acts of violence.

One of the most gruesome murders to take place in the castle occurred  in a room above the main hall of the castle which is now know as ‘The Bloody Chapel’ where in 1532 ‘one-eyed Teige O’Carroll’ murdered his own brother as he celebrated Mass in for the rest of the family.  The priest’s spirit is said to haunt the Bloody Chapel and is thought to be one of Leap’s earliest ghosts.

The Bloody Chapel is said to be the home of many a ghoul. People have said on passing the Castle at night they have seen a very bright light shooting out of the upper windows.This occurrence has been reported since the time of the Darbys. However neighbours have called the current owners the Ryan’s to report that the Chapel was in full Illumination. Strange smells of rubber have also been reported during peoples visit to the upper hall.

 

One of the more sinister features of the Bloody Chapel is the oubliette. The oubliette is a small chamber located in the North-Eastern corner of the Bloody Chapel. It is thought that the original use for these chambers was to store valuables. They were also used as a place to hide in the event of a siege. The O’Carrolls used this chamber for a more a deadly purpose. They adapted this chamber to serve as a small dungeon where the poor prisoners were thrown in, dead or dying. The entrance to the chamber is a narrow hole originally fitted with a form of trap door. The name is derived from the French “to forget”.

Since the burning of Leap Castle in 1922, the Priest’s House is still an empty shell so most of the accounts relate to the times of the Darbys. At present, shadowy forms are most seen wandering through the empty building.

Castle Ghosts of Ireland (HD) (1995) (COMPLETE EPISODE)

 

Leap was burnt out and destroyed in 1922 by the IRA while the Darbys were living in England. The castle lay in ruins until it was purchased by the current owners Sean and Anne Ryan in 1991.  Sean has restored the castle and was a most gracious host when I called to visit Leap to take these photographs.  Sean has frequent sightings of the numerous spirits of Leap but thankfully the Ryan’s have never encountered the Elemental who for now seems to have retreated.  Despite some early skirmishes he has found that his family and the resident spirits have been able to coexist quite happily at Leap.

Here is a YouTube video of the current owner the very talented musician Sean Ryan talking of the Castles Ghosts and there are quite a few.

 

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Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_Castle

http://www.assombrado.com.br/2017/11/leap-castle-o-castelo-mais-assombrado.html

http://www.ciaranmchugh.com/?pagid=leap-castle

http://leapcastle.net/

Leap Castle “Another Haunted Irish Castle”

Ana Gonçalves

Name: Ana Gonçalves

Birthday: 20/02/1988

Country: Portugal

Talent: Model.

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BIO

Ana Gonçalves, the young woman born in 1988 in Lisbon, with a congenital disease named Spina Bífida and Hidrocefalia, always fighting for her life from the first minute of life and for every minute of life that passes and will always pass, her The motto of life is to never give up no matter how much it does not even seem that there is no more force to fight for itself.

Graduated recently in Technical Course of Information and Tourist Animation, she likes to sing Fado, to do crafts, photography and to be surrounded by those who love her and feel respected. A great example for everyone who surrounds her and be the harbor of shelter for those who need only a friendly word.

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Tatiana Santos

Name: Tatiana Santos

Birthday: 20/03/1979

Country: Portugal

Talent: Alternative and Fantasy Model, Singer, Composer, Photojournalist

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BIO

Tatiana Santos is a Portuguese artist. She is 38 years old and was born in Mozambique (Africa).

Model, singer and songwriter she has been dedicating herself to art since she was 4 Years old.

At the age of 4 she started learning music and playing the piano, studies that she continued until the age of 12.

At seven she started having painting classes and painting in porcelain.

She found a guitar at 12 and self taught herself how to play.

At 16 she learned other painting techniques with a Vista Alegre teacher. So music and Painting were two early stage arts Tatiana developed and – claims – that helped her shape and see the world with another frame.

At 18 she entered university (journalism) where she had photojournalism classes with José Peixe and Screenwritting with Alexandre Honrado (from RTP productions).

After Journalism she studied Psychology to better understand the human mind from 2002 to 2007.

And in 2011 she started modelling as an alternative model until today. Nowadays besides photography, Tatiana also writes and composes original songs. Her most recent project is called Teoria do Caos and they play original songs in Portuguese.

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Im Monica Lopes freelance photographer from Tomar, Im a very creative person who loves to photograph, sew, and make my own props and acessories. I love to do themed shoot´s and mostly portrait. Im always looking for new thigns to create and recently I organized a photography event here most of the clothes and acessories are made by me. I love goth fashion and pretend to create lots of clothes and acessories in the future. I love making alternative clothing and acessories. ” I live to Create”

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Eleanore Dystopia

Name: Eleanore Dystopia

Country: Serbia

Talent: Alternative Model

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Bio: I am a hippy-goth. A free spirit, an open mind. Macabre lover. I’m the kind of person who usually sees bright side of things, who is almost always on the side of the weak ones, unusual ones, the ones who are in minority. And there you have it, the combination of the darkness and the light, because the world cannot operate without the two. Like yin and yang, like darkness in a tunnel and light at the end of it.

Model/Make-up/Hair/Styling: Dystopia Photo: Dusan Knezevic. Choker from Noir Romantique
Model/Make-up/Hair/Styling: Eleanore Dystopia Photo: Dusan Knezevic. Choker from Noir Romantique

 Flash Interview

Obscurena: When you started your career as an alternative model and why the underground?

Eleanore Dystopia: I never started the career of the althernative model. I am an economy student and I do this as a hobby. Why alternative? Because alternative models model what they want and look the way they want to. Mainstream models have to look in an exact way (which I dislike, but that is a different topic) and do what they are told.

Obscurena: What do you like most? Gothic, Steampunk or Cosplay ?

Eleanore Dystopia: I am mostly a gothic model and I will stay focused on that theme, but I would like to develop myself as a cosplayer, too.

Obscurena: What are your greatest accomplishments so far? What is your greatest strength?

Eleanore Dystopia: I collaborated with Dark in love (one of my favourite gothic brands) and I will collaborate with other amazing gothic companies, so stay tuned!

I’ve been asking myself the same question and I think it is my authenticity. I am not your regular photoshopped doll, who looks like dozen other (alternative)models.

Obscurena: What are your plans for the future?

Eleanore Dystopia: Same as now, uni, photo shoots and friends.

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