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The scariest place names in Ireland The scariest place names in Ireland

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The scariest place names in Ireland

Published 24th October 2017Read Time 4 min

Being stuck in traffic on the M50 or the Tuam Rd during rush hour is scary; ‘WHEN WILL I GET HOME?’ ‘WILL I EVER SEE MY FAMILY AGAIN?’ Driving through the places below may also give you quite a fright this Halloween… BOO! Thanks to everyone on Twitter who suggested the spooky places.
Murder Hole Beach, Donegal
If you’re considering a romantic, Halloween beach proposal, don’t do it here. Poisoned Glen in Gweedore should also be avoided. NOT ROMANTIC.
Kill, Kildare
Kil or Killy is an Irish word meaning church but it sounds LIKE MURDER. See KILLaloe in Clare, KILkenny (‘they’ve killed Kenny!’), KILester in Dublin (please don’t kill Esther), KILbarry in Waterford (leave Barry alone too), KILLargue in Leitrim and the classic, Kill in County KILdare.
Bansha, Tipperary
Bansha translates as ‘grassy place’. A pile of grass isn’t frightening but if a BANSHEE popped out of it in Bansha, you might need to take an extra sugar in your tea and 10 to 15 rich tea biscuits to calm your nerves.
Gorey, Wexford
The crazy golf place in Gorey can be murder to play.
Goulin, Kerry
Location of the annual Ghosts and Ghouls Matchmaking Festival ™.
Misery Hill, Dublin
Which is more frightening: the history behind the name Misery Hill or the musicals that take place nearby in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre? YOU decide.
Schull, Cork
No bones about it, this place will rattle you.
BOOlavogue in Wexford, BOOterstown in Dublin and ClonbOO in Galway: some favourite destinations for Ghosts on Tour (G.O.T.™). What haaaappens on toooour, staaaays on tooour!
The Devil’s Bit, Tipperary
Why not go for a spooky Halloween drive starting at The Devil’s Bit in Tipperary and ending at the Devil’s Punch Bowl in KILLarney?
Hell Fire Club, Dublin
The Devil himself is said to have dropped in once for some red lemonade and a spice burger. What have we missed? Let us know on Twitter! All images from Google Maps, except Schull (Creative Commons), Gorey and The Hell Fire Club (both public domain).

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