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Haunted house leaves family with ‘pitiable plight’
Photo: Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland' by P.W. Joyce and A.M. Sullivan [1900]. Retrieved from The Internet Archive (

Haunted house leaves family with ‘pitiable plight’

Enniskillen, 3 May 1913 - Despite investigations from local clergy, the mystery of the haunted house near Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone continues to deepen.

For six weeks, the farmhouse of the Murphy family has been thrown into turmoil by eerie scratching noises on the walls, sounds similar to the kicking of a horse against a stable door and the sight of bed-clothes being shaken and pulled about.

With neighbours now unwilling to visit the house, the Murphy family have been left in social isolation. Their situation has been described locally as ‘pitiable’.

The Murphys, a family with young children, are now considering selling their farm and emigrating to America.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.