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Castle is located in the
County, about 4 miles north of the town of
on the R421 road. Leap
Castle was constructed in 1250 by O’Bannon family under rule
of O’Carroll clan and originally was called “Leim ui Bhanain” or
“Leap of the O’Bannons”.
a doubt Leap Castle is most famous for its paranormal activity. In fact
it holds unofficial title of the most haunted castle in all of
Ireland. It is not surprising if you know its bloody and violent history. Many
people were imprisoned here and found death here. In Bloody Chapel a man
killed his own brother for unknown reason during the mass. Not far from
this crime scene an oubliette (from French “to forget”) was found
that looked like a deep hole with spikes on the bottom and a trap door
to close it. It took three cartload to remove all human remains.
Amazingly workers found a 1840’s pocket watch on the bottom indicating
an unknown murder. It is not surprising that this place has numerous
apparitions through its history. Witnesses claim that the most
horrifying ghost is that of a small hunched creature that leaves stench.
The ghost is referred to simply as “It” or “Elemental”
apparently due to smell that sometimes described by witnesses as a smell