Strange things are afoot in a shop in West Street and the owners have called in the Ghostbusters to help!
Sisters Denise and Ann-Marie McKenna have recently taken over the adjoining building to their Woolworks shop in the heart of the main street, but ever since, they are getting the definite feeling they are not alone.
"It’s not as if wool or fabric is flying around the place, but more like feeling there is someone in the room,” explains Ann-Marie. “It’s such an old building and the presence was getting so strong, that we mentioned it to a customer one day, who was just in for an alteration, and he said he knows a paranormal investigator, should he give them a call?”
The spooky lodgers aren’t the first time the sisters have encountered unusual happenings since they took over the smaller part numbers 29 and 30 two years ago.
"There were times you could get a strong smell of tobacco, so when we moved into the other part, the upstairs had a very strange atmosphere,” she explains. “There would be a sudden change in temperature, and you would feel like someone else was there, but it didn’t feel bad, so we decided it was time to see if we had friendly ghosts!”
So a few weeks ago, two paranormal investigators spent around six hours in their premises, using dowsing rods to ask questions of any spirits who might want to ‘talk’.
"Through a series of yes and no questions, they were able to hear from a 12-year-old girl called Amelia, who was visiting her auntie, and loved the new shop,” says Ann-Marie. “They were also in touch with a solder called Adam, who was involved in the 1916 Rising, as well as the shelling of Millmount in 1922.”
The buildings were once the Saddle Rooms of the old White Horse Hotel.
Claire Chambers is a paranormal investigator with Drogheda-based Supernatural Paranormal Investigations, and said preliminary findings suggested a lot of activity.
"We record everything in case we miss something at the time, but there was a lot going on, and we hope to return after Christmas,” she said.
Sadly for the girls, none of the ghost seems to be handy with a needle and thread!