Me­dieval Youghal build­ing to host pop-up haunted mu­seum

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Christy Parker

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.

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