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Re: Ghost Stories from Castlebar

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Posted by anna on November 27, 2003 at 08:47:17:

In Reply to: Re: Ghost Stories from Castlebar posted by Patrick Butler on November 25, 2003 at 22:55:55:

The layout of this house sounds exactly the same as Hawthorn Lodge, even to the bedroom door near the top of the stairs. O'Malleys sold it to Carsons c1902. Beforethe Church of Ireland Carsons leased it,there was a Catholic family, Mahons, who lived here. One of their daughters was a nun at the Mercy Convent in Castlebar and was among those exhumed and reburied when thenins left.
The first Christmas Philip and I spent here with our family, when the house was still semi-derelict, I was in the little Lobby kitchen on the ground floor and all my family were watching TV in the room at the right of the front door. Through the patterned glass in the Lobby door I say a tall figure pass into the back room (Playroom. Thinking it was my son Sam and wondering if he wanted anything, or why he should have left the TV programme, I went into the back room, only to find it vacant, and everything 'as normal'. I looked into the front room then, to see everyone, including Sam, totally absorbed in the Telly. I asked him if he had just passed by the Lobby, but he had no idea what I was on about. Since then there have been no more strange occurrences.
We have always felt comfortable in the house, though Evelyn Carson, who lived here as a girl, says every time she visits," This is not a happy house"
I like to think my 'ghost' was an O'Malley, drifting by to, perhaps to welcome the return of his descendants who had first moved into hawthorn lodge in 1796.

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