Sligo, Ireland is home to one of the most haunted places in the Country, Lisheen House Ruins. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The ruins of Lisheen House (originally called the Seafield House) stand on the outskirts of Strandhill, overlooking the splendid Ballysadare Bay. William Phibbs, who had inherited estates totaling a few thousand acres in Coolera and throughout the county, was a man of considerable wealth. Not long after acquiring his inheritance, he decided to build a residence that would reflect the family’s opulence and rival, if not surpass, other manor houses of the county. Thus, in 1842, the mansion was built. William's son Owen toured Egypt and Syria as an archaeologist and brought back several artifacts to Seafield. Hence, the building became a sanctuary that housed a huge collection of these esoteric artifacts. Allegedly, they were brought out during ‘rituals’ which took place in the long gallery on the first floor (Called the “Museum Room”) including Egyptian mummies, swords, and daggers.
Shortly afterward, local rumors tell us, when a coach brought Satan to its front door one evening. Following this unexpected visitor the house was then subjected to intense, violent, and malicious poltergeist activity (confirmed and well documented) as objects (pottery and ornaments) and even furniture was being constantly smashed every night. A strange figure was often seen on the stairway at night. The name was changed from the Seafield House to Lisheen House in 1899 following a period of these unsettling supernatural events. Was this done to confuse and distract the lures of evil entities? But the poltergeist never left. The house was vacated in 1938 after all the staff had resigned and the family could find no one to work there due to its intense supernatural events taking place. The house was sold in 1938. Eventually, the property’s contents were removed and surrendered to the entities which now occupy the ruin.
Could the repetitive behavior of having repetitive demonic rituals held in this alter confine the unrest? In 2007, Lisheen House was parachuted to worldwide fame when it featured on the American paranormal reality television series ‘Ghost Hunters’. The show told of Owen Phibbs’ alleged grave robbing in the Middle East and suggested that they heard unearthly sounds coming from the basement The ruins are literally saturated with a sense of foreboding and dread. Some call the walls aggressive in their nature. Many say the ruins are a place of evil. Today it is known as the only true poltergeist confirmed property in all of Ireland.
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