Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ireland Road Trip, A True Spooky Story for Halloween.

I said in a previous post that I would tell of a strange encounter we had during our time in Ireland.

We left the bed and breakfast in Cahersiveen to head for our next stay in Kenmare. The route we were taking was the longer one around the Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way. Another storm had blown and it was obvious how the Wild Atlantic Way had got it's name.

The road followed the coast and even with the awful weather the scenery was spectacular. Sometimes the road hugged the edge of the cliffs and it felt as if we could get blown over the edge at any time.

The rain eased slightly so we stopped in Waterville and went into a shop to look around. The shopkeeper was very friendly and we stopped to talk for a while.
Then two Garda (Irish police) came in and we chatted to them.
We bought a Guinness Tshirt and a pack of playing cards.
All minor things but it shows that we do remember that day well.

We traveled on and I said it was time for a coffee.
Most places were closed being out of season and the bad weather.
Suddenly, driving through Caherdaniel I saw a signpost to a plant nursery and cafe, so we turned off the road and went up the track to it.
When we got there it said closed and was only open at weekends, so we drove back down the track and continued our way.

We had only driven about another 5 minutes, 10 maximum when I saw a big old building set on the side of the road.
It said pub, cafe and hotel, and more importantly it said "OPEN" so we pulled in.

There was only one car in the car park, a red one with the driver and front passenger doors wide open.
It was raining so hard again that it was driving right through the car.
We went into the cafe and the thinnest woman I have ever seen came and greeted us.
I told her about the car and she said her dog likes to sleep in it so she always leaves the doors open.

She told us to come into the bar as she had the fire lit in there and it would be cosier than the café.
We followed her in. The huge wooden door didn't as much creak as groan, and every floorboard we stepped on creaked too.
There was no lighting on and the only light came from a window at the other end of the bar.

We ordered coffees and she went off to make them while we waited.....and waited.
After about 20 minutes she eventually came back with them and stood watching us. We tried to make conversation but she kept watching us.

We heard the door creak again and a young American couple came in and also ordered coffees.
We said hello but they just stared through us as if we weren't there. I just thought they were not naturally sociable and thought no more of it.
While she was gone we started to drink our coffee. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted! I think she must have gone outside and wrung out a handful of peat to get the water to make it!!

We were going to get up and go but she came back with the other coffees which took a normal amount of time to make.
I also noticed they got their coffees in take out cups whereas we had china cups.
I saw them take a sip and make a face, then they left taking their drinks with them.

She was back standing over us again waiting for us to drink.
Then the door creaked again and an elderly lady came in.
She told us that was her cleaner for doing the hotel rooms and she would just tell her what to do and be right back.

Where Ivor was sat was a huge ornamental vase. I told him to throw the coffee in there and we quickly left.

We drove on wondering whatever had just happened. I still wanted a coffee, but more so now to get rid of the evil taste from the tiny sip I took.
A few miles down the road we came to the village of Sneem with a cafe beside the village green.
We went in and I had what felt like the best cappuccino ever!
We had a bite to eat and made friends with the old ginger cat who welcomed everyone in.

This should have been an end to it, but after we got home I was asked where the hotel was.
I didn't know it's exact location but knew within about 5 miles where it was.
I did what I always do when I want to find somewhere and looked on google maps. I couldn't find anything within the area I knew that it was, just a couple of large pull off places along the road but no building.
Although I could picture the place plainly in my mind I wondered if it was set slightly further back from the road.
I knew it couldn't be far back because I saw it as we drove past.

I went into street view and followed every inch of that road from the plant nursery to where we stopped in Sneem for the good cup of coffee.
I couldn't find it so I went back along the road in street view and still no sign of it.

At this point I was becoming determined to find it. I knew without a doubt that it was between those two points.
I think at this stage determination gave way to obsession and I followed the complete road from one bed and breakfast to the next, all 48 miles of it in street view!!!

And no, I still couldn't find it, just a bare patch of ground with some rubble on it.
I leave you to draw your own conclusions, but I promise you this account is 100% true.
Did we have a lucky escape with not drinking the coffee?
The proprietor seemed overly attentive watching over us and waiting for us to drink it.
Strange things are said to happen in Ireland and I truly believe we encountered one that day.


Brian said...

That's totally strange...and spooky. That coffee sure didn't sound very good at all!!!

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da tabbies o trout towne said...

this is what you'll find in all the great ghost stories ever written; TRUE IRISH ghost stories.. coz I'm tellin ya....the hotel, the coffee gal, the "guests" and the clean up lady....were not real ~~~ at one TIME they might have been....but nevermore ~~~and I don't care how much one loves their dog; they aren't going to let him sleep in a car like that !! :) ♥♥ I have a book titled true irish ghost stories, I'll give it a look see and see if a similar scenario is entered in it !!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

catladymac said...

I agree with The Trout Towne Tabbies - or maybe you hit a "time slip" - between dimensions, but you and the young couple were well away !

Pam and Teddy said...

Oh my! That story gave me chills....I too agree with trout Towne Tabbies as I've read many stories about "time slips" and I believe they happen. It's just too strange to be your imagination - these things are spooky but too many people experience them for it to be "fantasy" !! Glad you didn't drink that coffee - something definitely WEIRD with that. Consider yourselves lucky to have escaped.......!

Hugs, Pam

Tyler (Staff Writer) said...

What an experience! I like how the friendly ginger cat (hopefully) helped make the day better.

Greg_1948 in_WA said...

This was a very interesting story and I believe every word of it. I wouldn't go back looking for the place. Lucky you weren't poisoned and cannibalized!!!


Glad you didn't drink the coffee!

John Bellen said...

Even if ghosts weren't involved, it all seems quite unnatural and weird. I'm glad you didn't stay, or drink the coffee. And I thought, as the Tabbies did, that no one would let their dog sleep in the car with both doors open (what would be the point of that?) Why not just the window open? Creepy... Maybe you should contact someone in the district and ask about the hotel, just to see what you could find out.

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Yikes! How lucky you got to dump the nasty coffee and exit. Very, very weird indeed!

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! I wonder if dumping the coffee in the urn made the place vanish. Maybe if you drank you, you would have vanished too.

pilch92 said...

EEKS! That is scary.

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

I am shivering and glad you got away safely! How bizarre!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

This is spooky!

Katie Isabella said...

great idea!!!

Sherri-Ellen T-D. said...

What a wild & crazy experience you both had!!! I am so glad you ditched the coffee & got out of there....
SPOOKY indeed!
{{{hugs}}} Sherri-Ellen & *purrsss* BellaDharma

The J-Cats said...

But there must be a logical explanation.
Still - weird.....

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

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That is quite awful. I wish you all could have driven back and taken photos!
Posted by Katie Isabella to My Holiday Photos. at November 3, 2019 at 9:22 PM

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

I have so enjoyed all of your posts and photos of your trip, but this last story topped it all! My sister and I toured Ireland eleven years ago and it was the best trip ever. I totally believe you that this actually happened!

Nancy Chan said...

This sounds very, very spooky and thank God you got away from that place and returned home safely.

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Oh my word! That is quite something. Maybe you could telephone one of the nearby hotels and ask them?
Purrs for a safe Halloween to you all.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Sounds like y'all got lucky for sure. The old hag no doubt slipped a sleepy poison in your coffee to knock you out cold, so she wouldn't have any trouble making stew from the meat off your bones, no doubt. *insert evil laughter* :D That's strange Google Maps couldn't locate the pub but maybe the reason is you crossed into a different demension. Now that's something to think about now. ;)

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

A time slip or different dimension has crossed my mind as the only place remotely similar has a new house on it and a row of big trash bins in a pull in area beside it. After carefully examining every inch of that road I am not discounting anything!

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are sure you were at a spot that is twixt the two an is only seen at fall harvest. Glad you both got out in one piece. Dad loves your travels as we do too.

Adorapurr said...

We agree with Trout Tabbies and CatLadyMac -- you found a time slip, and had coffee with someone from the past. What an amazing adventure!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

This is really spooky. Strange indeed. Glad you were OK.

God bless.