Taaffe's Castle

Taaffe's Castle
Carlingford, Louth, Ireland.

Taaffe’s Castle in Carlingford, County Louth, dates to the early 16th century. Given its proximity to the nearby harbour, it is likely that the castle was used for the storage of goods brought in by wealthy merchants.

There have been reported accounts of a headless white phantom, spotted wandering through various rooms in the old castle. Some reports say that it is the ghost of Nicholas Taaffe, while others say that it is the ghost of his young lady.

According to local legend, Nicholas Taaffe, 2nd Earl of Carlingford, arrived at the castle in 1678 and made it his home. The romantic version of the story tells that a young servant girl called Eimear was one of those who turned out to welcome the Earl to his new home. Glances were exchanged between the two, with the young Earl and the lowly maid both liking what they saw. Over time it is said that they fell in love and were indeed to be married.

In 1690, Nicholas was called to battle and reluctantly left his distraught fiancé to take his place in the fight against the forces of William of Orange. Word came soon after that the brave Earl had been slain in battle on the 12th of July – just two days before they had planned to marry. He had been pierced through the heart and decapitated by a Williamite soldier.
A servant was sent to share the dreadful news with his beloved Eimear, but when she arrived at the room, she faced a bloody scene. Eimear was dead. She had been pierced through the heart and her head had been cut off – a death that mirrored that of the young Earl. But there was no sign of any sword or any intrusion.

It is said that Eimear’s body was left where it was found and that the room was sealed forever and that it is her spirit that walks Taaffe’s Castle.

Ghost Advisor

If any users have shared their own paranormal experiences of Taaffe’s Castle, these will be shared here. To add your own, click the green “Add Your Experience” button below.

All experiences are open to interpretation and are vetted prior to publishing to ensure they are relevant to the nature of this website. I reserve the right to decline inclusion. Sensitive information may also be redacted if necessary.


Further Information

Venue Name
Classification(s)
Castle  | Bar / Pub
Address
Newry Street, Carlingford, Louth, A91 EY09, Ireland

Disclaimer

Users should always undertake their own checks before traveling to Kinnitty Castle Hotel or any other location listed on this website, to ensure that it will be open and accessible. You can suggest an amendment here if any information shared on this page has changed since it was last modified (June 23, 2024).

Spirited Isle accepts no responsibility for action taken by any user having consulted information published on this website or elsewhere. Furthermore, the owner of the website is not responsible for any loss, damage, injury, demonic possession, death, or other negative outcome arising..

Be safe, be responsible and be respectful.