Medieval Youghal building to host pop-up haunted museum
A shadow of early Halloween will descend on Youghal over the August bank holiday when the Youghal 4 All community group hosts a pop-up ‘haunted museum’ fundraiser in a medieval building.
The showcase will take place on the ground floor of Tynte’s Castle, a 15th-century merchant’s town house on North Main Street. The building, owned by the McCarthy family, has been considerably restored in recent years.
Proceeds will be put towards the group’s Youg-haloween Spooktacular, which is resurrected every October bank holiday.
The museum will contain “over 100 exhibits from all aspects of the supernatural and spiritualism”, says Youghal 4 All PRO Adrian Hyde. “Some of the items we’ve had donated are supposedly haunted and we’ll have personnel on hand to explain details”, he adds.
Among the chilling exhibits will be a replica of The Crying Boy, by Italian painter Giovanni Bragolin. Following a story sparked by a British newspaper in 1985, the painting came to be regarded as cursed.
It has variously and repeatedly been said to have survived house fires in which all else was destroyed, while blamed also for causing fires and for spreading bad luck.
Visitors can also witness a scrying bowl — a dark vessel such as allegedly used by Nostradamus to provide insights into the future.
A Cork donor provided “a Cong love token that went wrong”, says Adrian, “and so must be kept in a box to prevent its bad luck escaping.”
Other artefacts will include crystal balls, wands, a silver bullet, and various vampire-hunting paraphernalia such as pointed stakes and mirrors.
The museum opens from this Friday until Monday. Opening hours: 11 am to 5 pm. Admission €4, family rates available - and bring own garlic! See facebook.com/Youg-hal4All. Contact Helen Heaphy 083-3732221
Tynte’s Castle, a 15th century merchant’s town house on Youghal’s North Main Street, is to be the venue for a pop-up display of spooky and haunted objects this Bank Holiday weekend.