The old church ruins
Do you believe in ghosts?
I am not sure whether I do or not. However, something we caught on camera some years back makes me wonder.
Outside Letterkenny, near Gartan and the birthplace of Donegal’s saint, St. Colmcille, we were taking photographs of the old church ruins there together with the graveyard, the Holy Well of St. Colmcille and of course the views.
The land there was given to St. Colmcille in the 6th century by his friends and neighbours and here in the 6th century he built a monastery. Nowadays the only remaining parts are bits of the old boundary walls. It is here too that many of the O’Donnell Chieftains are buried. The ruins of the old church contains some slab stone graves together with a small alter where people leave rosary beads and the like whilst saying prayers for the owners of the trinkets left, asking for blessings for the person. The church itself was probably built by Manus O’Donnell in the 16th century.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with a crystal clear blue sky and I was up at the top of the graveyard taking photographs and enjoying the fabulous views over Lough Akkibon below.
My husband was down at the old church taking photographs and after a while he called me down to check something out.
I made my way down through the graves to the church below and my husband. He held out his camera to show me the screen on it.
There on the screen was what appeared to be a ghostly figure.
We were a bit sceptical about it thinking that perhaps the sunshine had caused it.
However he took more photographs and the figure appeared in everyone he took at that one place. I hen stood where he had been standing to take the photographs and nothing appeared on my screen other than the church behind.
We did this for a little while, taking it in turns to photograph the same picture over and over again and the exact same thing happened each time: the figure appeared on his screen but not on mine.
Below is two of the photographs ~ one with the "ghost" and the other taken by me from the same spot, without.
So, is it a ghost? You decide.
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