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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Requests for paranormal investigation at visitor attractions

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Clotworthy House at dusk.
Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.

Requests have been made to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council for paranormal investigations at two visitor attractions in the borough.

A paranormal group which carried out a ghost hunt at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey in 2021 is seeking permission to carry out a similar investigation at Sentry Hill, a Victorian farmhouse, now a council property, built in 1835, in Carnmoney.

County Antrim Paranormal Research Association (CAPRA) is seeking permission to carry out a paranormal investigation at Clotworthy House in Antrim.

CAPRA has indicated its investigation would take place during one evening and would involve the use of equipment which detects temperature and frequency anomalies.

Clotworthy House, an arts centre, a former stable block and coach house in Antrim Castle Gardens, was built in 1843 by the tenth Viscount Massereene.

CAPRA has reported it has investigated paranormal activity at other historic buildings including the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

In 2017, the council granted permission to the seven members of Ballyclare Paranormal Society to carry out a probe into any paranormal activity at Ballyclare Town Hall.

In 2011, Mossley Mill attracted the attention of North Belfast Paranormal Research Group which approached Newtownabbey Borough Council for night-time access to the building and grounds.

Both recent requests will be considered at a meeting of the council’s Community Planning Committee which meets this evening (Monday) at Mossley Mill.


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