Ulster, Northern Ireland
17th July, 2008
Hidden Realms were lucky enough
to be able to join up the Northern Ireland Paranormal Society
(NIPS) to investigate this fine building in Northern Ireland.
Built in 1664 is it thought that the building was the first
house in Ulster not designed for defensive purposes. What
would happen as we explored this wonderful location...?
a recent trip to Belfast I had the good fortune to accompany
the Northern Ireland Paranormal Society on an investigation
at Richhill Castle, Co.Armagh. Unlike many paranormal groups
they are mainly scientific based with equipment that would
make you green with envy. The investigation was conducted
in a very calm, controlled and professional manner with good
scientific reasoning taking place throughout in an attempt
to verify what otherwise might have been mistakingly seen
as spirit contact.
The building was originally built by Francis Sacheverell around
1664 on its present hilltop site in what was then known as
Legacorry. The building was then further extended by his son-in-law
Edward Richardson and the town of Legacorry subsequently became
known as Richardson's Hill which eventually became shortened
to Rich Hill. It is a beautiful and atmospheric building with
imposing Dutch Gables on projecting wings and is thought to
be the earliest surviving example of its kind in Ulster.
On entering the building there was a very strong presence
of a woman who appeared to be residual energy in the entrance
area and on the staircase. She had the appearance of a maid
in a long dark dress with a white apron and was about 50 years
of age. She seemed to be busy going about what would have
possibly been her daily chores and her presence felt a little
austere and matronly but happy. I spoke to Darren about this
energy and he told me that he had only seen spirit once and
it was in this building. He also said that it was on the staircase
and that the spirit he saw sounded very similar to the female
one that was present on this night.
The building itself had a very light and happy feel about
it as I moved from room to room. In one of the upper rooms
I had the feeling that there was a family living in there
at one time. There was a male and female and a young girl
aged about 4/5 and a young boy just a little older. We turned
the lights off and sat down in this room around a table that
was equiped with a Microphone which in turn was connected
to an EVP. We asked out for confirmation of spirit presence.
Over a period of time there were a few knocks, taps and flitting
lights and then the energy seemed to change. The presence
of the young girl was felt quite strongly and was close to
the chair on which I was sat. I sensed that she was happily
playing with a small dog. The boy spirit was in a corner of
the room and made no effort to make contact. At this point
I could not sense the older male and female who were there
earlier. The childrens presence felt like residual energy
but we thought that we would ask a few questions using the
EVP and see if we got any results. Whilst we were asking the
little girl about her dog a sound was captured on the EVP.
This coincided with a very sudden change in energy where a
man in spirit seemed to step forward from the fireplace area
where I was sat and demanded that we go. He was not happy
with us being in the room. The EVP that was picked up suggests
that a man is saying 'Leave it' or 'Leave her' and then 'Back
off!'. Shortly after this the link with the child spirit was
lost. I also sensed a tall elegant lady stood on my right
hand side. I am not sure if she was from the same time span
as the children.
The spirit man was asked politely to stand back so that the
childs energy could come forward again and his energy appeared
to subside. At this point a male member of the second team
which was in another upstairs room across from the one we
were in reported a scratch which appeared on his back. Unfortunately
the childs energy was not sensed again that night.
The teams swopped rooms and my team concentrated on the room
in which the scratch had taken place. This room had a very
strong male feel to it. It was felt that the male who had
lived in this room had been a semi-invalid, making frequent
painful journeys across the room from his bed to the toilet
area in the left hand corner of the room. Occassional noises
were heard in that side of the room and his energy pathway
was quite strong. Whilst sat on the bed in the room I could
feel a heaviness in the chest and abdomen and a feeling of
nausea. On the left hand side of the bed as you faced it,
the presence of a female was felt. She seemed to be quite
calm and it was felt that she was a maid who nursed the sick
gentleman. It was also felt that she spent many hours in the
room attending to him. Whilst sat in a chair which leant against
the bottom of the bed I felt two thuds which eminated from
the bed. When the other members returned to the room one of
them said that he had sensed the presence of a female in this
room. He was not present in this room when we sensed the female
and we had all agreed that she was on the left hand side of
the bed. On asking the member which side of the bed he sensed
the female he confirmed it was the left hand side. Another
member of the group said that she could faintly smell antiseptic
in the room which then dissipated.
Earlier in the evening I walked round the outside of the building
with another group member. At the front of the building I
could feel the energy of a dog or dogs and around the back
there was a very heavy feeling of sadness. I felt that someones
life had ended there. It was a young male and I felt the energy
as a sharp pain, then a sense of falling and then peace.
With the kind permission of NIPS the EVP that was mentioned
above is available for you to hear below.
"Leave it... back off!"