If you are looking for a place to stay in Ireland that combines stunning scenery, cozy comfort, and a touch of mystery, you might want to consider the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara. This historic hotel has been welcoming guests since 1883, but it also has a reputation for being haunted by some of its former residents and visitors.

Renvyle House was originally built by the O’Flaherty clan, who were later dispossessed by the Blake family. The Blakes sold the property to Oliver St. John Gogarty, a physician, poet, and friend of William Butler Yeats. Gogarty turned the house into a hotel and invited many famous artists and writers to stay there, including Yeats, Lady Gregory, Augustus John, and Winston Churchill.

However, not all of Gogarty’s guests were of the living kind. He and his staff experienced several paranormal phenomena at Renvyle House, such as doors opening and closing by themselves, unexplained noises, and bedsheets being pulled by invisible hands. One room in the staff quarters was so haunted that the servants refused to sleep there. Gogarty himself once heard footsteps outside his room and felt a heavy presence when he went to investigate.

Yeats, who was fascinated by the occult, decided to hold a séance in the library to communicate with the spirit that was haunting the house. He claimed that he contacted a male entity who said that he did not like strangers visiting the house. Yeats’ wife Georgia later saw the ghost of a young man with pale skin and red hair standing by the fireplace. She believed that he was the spirit of a member of the Blake family who had committed suicide.

As W.B. Yeats was very fond of Renvyle House, with many suggesting it was a home away from home for him, some believe that the spirit of W.B. Yeats himself still resides at the house today. Others have reported that several of the rooms are also haunted by the ghosts of children, further suggesting that they are associated with Yeats, but it is unknown as to whether these children have some association with Yeats or not.

Another tragic figure that is said to haunt Renvyle House is a man who strangled himself with his own hands in one of the rooms. His ghost has been seen reflected in mirrors and has been blamed for causing a feeling of suffocation in some guests.

Renvyle House has survived several fires and wars throughout its history, but it has also preserved its charm and character. It is now a four-star hotel that offers comfortable accommodation, delicious food, and various activities for its guests. It also boasts a rich literary heritage, as it was the place where Yeats wrote some of his best poems and where he married Georgia in 1917.

If you are brave enough to stay at Renvyle House, you might encounter some of its ghostly inhabitants, or at least feel their presence. But don’t worry, they are mostly harmless and might even inspire you to write your own masterpiece.


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WB Yeats and the Strangler



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