Shapeshifters are the scariest and sometimes essentially the most evil of paranormal entities. Nobody likes to be fooled or tricked … particularly when the perpetrator goes past inflicting a easy startle or embarrassment to creating mayhem, terror and maybe even dying. It’s no surprise then that so many memorable horror films and novels use shapeshifting as a plot twist – in spite of everything, tales of shapeshifters have been scaring people for hundreds of years. That’s the reason paranormal investigations into buildings or areas allegedly haunted by shapeshifters are usually essentially the most harmful. That didn’t appear to discourage the parents at Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Eire, who lately ventured into Eire’s legendary Lackeen Fort in hopes of encountering that constructing’s legendary shapeshifter – the ‘Púca’. They noticed one thing … and have pictures of it. Was it the shapeshifting Púca?
“Lackeen Fort, in Irish Folklore the Pooka resides right here. The form-shifter. We investigated right here final night time right here is the primary little bit of footage we captured right here. Nonetheless tons to undergo.”
Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Eire posted a photograph on its Fb web page (see it right here) of an anomaly in a window of Lackeen Fort. Whereas the group didn’t establish it because the Púca or Pooka, it did point out the entity within the description and the Púca is the primary cause most investigators and curious vacationers go to Lackeen Fort. In a remark, the group did level out that the fortress is “completely lively in non secular phrases.”
“We as a gaggle imagine folklore and historical past play an enormous half into our analysis earlier than we examine locations like Lackeen Fort.”
Because the group explains in The Irish Solar, there may be loads of historical past in Lackeen Fort, positioned in Abbeville in County Tipperary, Eire. What’s known as a “fortress” is definitely a tall tower home – the dimensions and peak made it a each a spot to stay and a defensive mini fortress when mixed with the bawn or defensive wall surrounding it – stays of the Lackeen Fort bawn can nonetheless be seen. Whereas it was helpful in conserving invaders out in occasions of strife (weren’t all of them?), a bawn additionally stored the household’s or clan’s cattle in. The clan on this case was the O’Kennedys or Kennedys or Ó Cinnéide, an Irish royal dynasty based within the tenth century CE. Because the O’Kennedys rose to energy in far japanese Clare, northern Limerick, Mayo, and northern Tipperary, they constructed quite a lot of castles in or close to Tipperary, with Lackeen Fort going up within the twelfth century. Its attractiveness for its age (pictures right here) comes from the truth that it was rebuilt within the sixteenth century, and a part of its non- Púca fame comes from the clan identify and the Lorrha Missal, an Irish illuminated sacramentary manuscript (“illuminated” means the textual content is highlighted with elaborate thrives and borders), an eighth century Latin and Gaelic e-book saved there for hundreds of years.
In fact, the rationale why the Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Eire group was at Lackeen Fort was for the Púca and maybe even some common ghosts. Many battles have been fought within the space by the O’Kennedys, and the tower home was surrendered to Oliver Cromell’s English Parliamentarian forces in 1653, however later returned to the O’ Kennedys. Within the rebuilt Lackeen Fort, there’s a secret chamber on the third ground that would have been used for hiding, smuggling or different nefarious functions. Nonetheless, any ghost tales at Lackeen Fort have been pushed apart by its alleged Púca. Should you’re going to come across a shapeshifter, a Púca is an efficient one to decide on. In Celtic folklore, they’re mentioned to convey each of fine and unhealthy fortune whereas showing as horses, goats, cats, canines, rabbits and infrequently people with animal ears or tails.
The Púca of Lackeen Fort appears to be slightly of each. In keeping with the most typical story, a member of the O’ Kennedy clan caught two males in a neighborhood church stealing valuables from the corpse of a deceased lady. The grave robbers summoned a Púca – described on this story as a crimson eyed monster with flames popping out of its nostrils – however the heroic O’Kennedy managed to beat the shapeshifter, seize it and take it again to Lackeen Fort. As a facet observe, whereas different cultures even have legends of Púcas, solely the Irish by way of within the twist that people can take management of them. When the imprisoned Púca threatened to burn down the fortress, the O’Kennedy artificial a deal – he would free the creature if it promised to by no means convey hurt to any member of the O’Kennedy clan … without end. The Púca agreed and the remaining is historical past, Irish folklore and paranormal experiences – many individuals declare to have seen a black goat roaming the grounds of Lackeen Fort late at night time.
“After we reviewed this picture we noticed the face right away. Like all our proof that we get, we by no means state on the put up first of what we see as we don’t need to contaminate folks’s notion or ideas.”
Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Eire posted the picture on its Fb web page (see it right here with magnification) and notes that there’s something resembling a face that appears to be peering by way of a window. It’s not a lot of a soar for most individuals to attach the dots and assume Púca. The group takes pains to keep away from leaping to that conclusion and factors out in a remark that its group returned to the Lackeen Fort space to observe up on the potential sighting “to see if we may de-bunk.” It doesn’t seem they did as there have been no additional feedback of that nature.
Check out the picture once more right here. Do you see one thing within the window? Does it appear like a face or one thing else? Are there any crimson eyes, animal ears or fire-breathing nostrils? As Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Eire acknowledged, the historical past of those outdated buildings is fascinating, particularly the occasions that would have began the tales that grew to become the legends on entities just like the shapeshifting Púca.