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Monday 20 May 2019

Can you spot the ghost of little Puck in the Malahide ivy?

FIVE ghostly figures could be set to frighten the good townsfolk of Malahide on October 28 next. As part of the Halloween experience, Malahide Castle is putting on a series of special tours and who knows what you might see!Remarkably, the centuries old castle can claim no less than five spooks, including the famed Puck who resides in the ministrels gallery and having last bee

By Hubert Murphy

FIVE ghostly figures could be set to frighten the good townsfolk of Malahide on October 28 next. As part of the Halloween experience, Malahide Castle is putting on a series of special tours and who knows what you might see!

Remarkably, the centuries old castle can claim no less than five spooks, including the famed Puck who resides in the ministrels gallery and having last been spotted almost 30-years-ago is due another outing.

A dwarf-like figure with a haggared face, he was apparently photographed on one occasion looking out from the ivy at the front of the castle.

The most startling figure is certainly one of the most gruesome. Miles Corbett was associated with Oliver Cromwell but at the Restoration, the castle was taken from him and he paid the penalty on the gallows, drawn and quartered.

When you see his ghost he appears to be a soldier in armour - and then he falls into four pieces.

Three of the ghosts are linked. One is Maud Plunkett, married and widowed on the same day and whose grave rests in the Abbey at the back of the castle.

Then there’s Lord Galtrim himself, Sir Walter Hussey. He married Maud and was killed in battle the same day. He can be seen walking the corridors, pointing at the hole in his side...and groaning!

Another of Maud’s husbands, a Chief Justice, can also be seen.

The Malahide Historical Society has done some wonderful research into the castle and its famous inhabitants!

Getting back to October 28. People are asked to arrive at Malahide Castle in true fashion, dressed as goblins, witches, vampires, the lot. They’ll be brought on an adventure through the Castle and learn about all its ghosts of the last 800 years.

You may book for the following times: 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Places are limited so early booking is essential. The price of the experience is 10 euro for adults and 8.50 euro for children and it is designed for the kids from 5-10 years.



There’s a prize for the best costume and details from Aoife or Geraldine on tel 8462184.





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