Bandon, Cork, Ireland

Ballinacarriga Castle

Ballinacarriga Castle

Ballinacarriga Castle (Béal Átha na Carraige in Irish, meaning Ford Mouth of the Rock) is a 16th-century tower house.


On the second floor of the tower is a chute known as "Moll the Pooka's Hole". A "Pooka"is an evil Irish winged creature of the night, with male heads but the body of dog, goat or horse. Their sole purpose was to terrify any human they encountered, cause crops to fail or steal newborn babies. Did such a creature frequent this castle?

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For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones and Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Bandon (Irish: Droichead na Bandan) is a town in County Cork, Ireland.

Bandon is 16 miles southwest of Cork City, on the N71 national secondary road. It lies on the River Bandon between two hills.

Pictured is Ballinacarriga Castle courtesy of Peter Moore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.