History hides thousands of forgotten tales, and while every city claims to have paranormal activity, few can equal Belfast’s rich experiences of centuries of supernatural encounters. From Friar’s Bush Graveyard which goes farther back than even Belfast itself (5th century), to the Railway Ghost of Ballymacarrett, the lives of those that were cut too short still have much to say Whether you’re interested in the Haunting Of Lucifer’s Match Factory, caused by a fire that trapped and killed four children, including the daughter of the factory manager, the Sandy Row Ghost Story of a coal porter named James Aitchison, or the WWI gas fitter, nicknamed ’Scottie Shoe’, in The Grand Central Hotel that stood on Royal Avenue, this city-walk is for you. All of this builds up to the most famous of Belfast’s haunted locations, Crumlin Road Goal, which up until 1996 it was an active prison. There have been regular sightings, noises and unexplained happenings within the walls that have seen 17 men executed over its 150 year history. And that’s only the beginning... Meeting point is directly outside Friar’s Bush Graveyard in Belfast’s University Quarter.
A local lad, Sean delights in telling anyone who will listen about why he loves his hometown of Belfast and would live nowhere else. When not working, Sean can be found playing football, reading blogs or planning his next trip away.