Monday, August 10, 2015

Ireland Trip #54: Blarney Castle's Murder Hole and Ghost

In this blog, Ireland Trip #54 we'll look at the darker side of Blarney Castle and show you the "Murder Hole" and a story about a Ghost who haunts the castle
 (although we didn't sense one)

Blarney Castle's "Murder Hole"
WHAT IS A "MURDER HOLE" ? - It sounds nasty, and it is, but every castle has one. A murder hole or meurtrière is a hole in the ceiling of a gateway or passageway in a fortification through which the defenders could fire, throw or pour harmful substances or objects, such as rocks, arrows, scalding water, hot sand, quicklime, tar, or boiling oil, down on attackers.

the window looking out, and the hole below
Well, now that we've covered murder, we'll move onto the ghost! 

Blarney Castle
BLARNEY'S GHOST - According to the book "Haunted Ireland," the castle has a ghost, but it's unknown if it is a male or female. What is known, though, is that from time to time a ghostly face is seen peering through one of the building's windows (there's no glass btw, they're all open windows to the outside). 

Rob outside the castle
SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THIS GHOST - Another weird thing said about the castle grounds is that people have reported seeing "ghostly salmon" swimming upstream in the nearby stream (and then disappearing). 

Tom outside the castle

NEXT: The Witches' Garden on Blarney's Grounds

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