The Cooneen/Coonian Ghost, County Fermanagh, Ireland (1913)
Wednesday 15th, June 2022
Ireland Report / Story
In 1913 a widow, Bridget Murphy and her large family of seven children lived in a farm house in the mountains near Brookeborough, County Fermanagh.

While living at this house in County Fermanagh, Bridget's husband died in a freak accident and it was following the untimely passing of her husband that strange things started to occur in the house.

It started with the family reporting hearing knocking on the doors and windows and heavy footsteps coming from the attic area. There was also rapping reportedly heard which was in rhythm to 'The Soldiers Song' and 'The Boyne Water'. There was a single stair case up to a room where hay was kept, the family reported to hear loud footsteps walking up and down the stairs.

Things were taken up a level when plates were said to have flown across the kitchen and clothes being thrown around bedrooms as well as beds reportedly being lifted when the children were asleep in them.

At this stage the family were concerned as to what was going on so they requested help to have the cleansed, this ritual was preformed by Canon Eugene Coyle which didn't seem to help the situation at all. Two priests involved fell in trying to cleanse the house while another suffered a nervous breakdown.

The family decided the only thing they could do was to leave the house and they set off for America in 1914, abandoning the house. It has been reported in some places that the poltergeist that troubled the family in County Fermanagh, Ireland followed the family to America with activity being experienced for a few years before the haunting eventually reduced and stopped altogether.

Depending on what source you look at the family continued to experience the activities of the poltergeist on the ship to America with one source suggesting that the captain of the ship having to ask the family to keep the noise down.

Additionally, another source states that the experiences in the family home in County Fermanagh and on the ship to America took it's toll on the family and one of the five daughters is reported to have spent the rest of her life in a mental institution.

The events at the family home in County Fermanagh were witnessed by neighbours, several priests and a local councillor.
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