Roscommon, Ireland is home to one of the most haunted places in the country, McDermott’s Castle. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
On Lough Key sits an 11th century McDermott’s Castle on “Castle Island” on the lake. The McDermott clan (in Irish Mac Diarmada) was the ruling dynasty in this area from the 10th to the 16th century and a castle has stood on the island since the 12th century. The McDermotts lost the island in 1586 and the current castle is a folly built in the late 1700s by the King family who owned the land at the time.
It was built as a summer house and burned down during the Second World War. Legend tells the story of Una, the daughter of a McDermott chieftain who fell in love with a boy of the lower classes. Una's father disapproved and, to make sure the two didn't meet, he prevented his daughter from leaving the island. The young couple was not deterred and the boy would swim over to the island to meet Una in secret. One day, the waters of the lake got the better of him and he drowned. Shortly afterward, poor Una died of grief and it's said that both she and her beloved are buried on the island, beneath two intertwined trees that grew over them.
There are many stories about the castle and many songs written telling the story of Una Bhán who was the daughter of the King.
Could Una’s or any of the family members’ phantoms still lurk in the ruins of this majestic castle? By the way, since this castle sits on a private island, you will need to have water transportation to get to it. You can see it from the Lough Key Forrest Park, which is itself a spectacular supernatural land. The part has tunnels that are incredibly spooky at night, very, indicative of the ghostly presence there. These were servant tunnels going to a stately home, which was burnt down and no longer remains. This park is also the UFO hot-spot of Ireland so if you don't see a ghost here, you might see a UFO instead!
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