Tullynally Castle is a splendid, gothic-style castle located just a short drive from the village of Castlepollard. It has been the family home of the Pakenham family for more than 350 years.
Naturally, with a history extending over hundreds of years, Tullynally Castle does have a few resident ghosts.
In the 18th-century, a butler fell in love with the teenage daughter of the castle’s owner. Of course, his love was unrequited as such a dalliance would have been forbidden in Irish society at that time. In despair and fearing what his master would do to him if his true feelings were uncovered, the poor man took his own life. His ghost has been spotted at the castle many times, and the object of his affections is also said to revisit her former bedroom and the library on occasion.
Swords belonging to Edward Pakenham who was slain in battle in 1815, adorn the walls of the great hall at Tullynally Castle. These have been known to shake at night and there is no nearby traffic that would cause them to vibrate in such a manner.
The ghost of a woman in black has been seen looking out at visitors to the castle gardens from the west tower and the chilling sound of a child crying has been heard in the basement. In the 19th-century, the twin brother of the 5th Earl was born with a severe deformity and was kept in a nursery in the basement out of sight. One day, the unfortunate child was found dead, having fallen from the tower window. There is no way that he could have ascended the stairs on his own, and his nurse was blamed for his murder. But she could not be found. Perhaps it is her ghost that is doomed to look out of the window at Tullynally Castle in atonement for her sin.
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While the castle itself is not normally open to the public, the magnificent gardens and surrounding parklands are open each weekend on a seasonal basis. Tours of the castle kitchens are also available during the summer, and private tours of the castle can be facilitated for larger groups by arrangement.
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