Monday, August 3, 2015

Ireland Trip #52: Ross Castle's Ghost Story and Cute Pics of Us :)

Rob and Tom's shadows at Ross Castle

This is the second part of the "tour of Ross Castle" which actually wasn't a tour at all, since the tour guide was sick and the tours were canceled. So, instead, we'll share a ghost story about the castle and some cute pics we took there. :) 

PICTURES- Since there was really not much to see at the castle, we took a couple of pictures outside. Tom came up with the shadow idea picture. 

Rob, posing for his next book pic

Tom and Rob and a dungeon door?
ABOUT ROSS CASTLE - It was built in 1536 by Sir Richard Nugent, known as the "Black Baron" because he was cruel to his tenants.

Ross Castle- but we saw blue sky for 10 minutes!
THE GHOSTLY LEGEND OF ROSS CASTLE -  According to the book "Haunted Ireland" the Black Baron's daughter, Sabrina fell in love with an Irishman named Orwin O'Reilly - whose family was hostile to the Anglo-Normans (of which the Black Baron's family belonged)... so it a was "sleeping with the enemy" thing. 
    Because they knew their marriage wouldn't be allowed they did something dumb- they tried to elope by crossing (Lake) Lough Sheelin to run away. Of course, a storm blew up - as it did when we were visiting, tossed the boat over and Orwin drowned. Sabrina made it to the shore, however. So, she decided to starve herself and died in the castle. Now she haunts it. Another ghost is said to be there, too, although they may not see each other - that's her nasty father. (BTW- he likely stayed behind because his faith said that bad people can't cross over, which is not true -because they make amends on the other side-  and he'll be there for eternity).   
Panorama of Ross Castle!


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next