Nestled in Coolderry, Ireland, high atop a crag, stands the remains of Leap Castle. Built in the 14th century, Leap Castle in is said to house its own version of an elemental ghost nicknamed, “It”. The appearance of “It” was first said to have been documented around the 13th century by the local priest. It seems that generations of families at Leap have had to deal with the infamous “It”.
According to folklore and legends, Elementals are malevolent, terrifying, and unpredictable creatures that have existed long before mankind and are frequently connected to ancient places of burial. Although more rare than ghost sightings, it’s said that a sighting of an elemental sighting does not bode well for the witness.
By the early 20th century, Leap castle was purchased by Jonathon and Mildred Darby. Mildred Darby had an avid interest in the occult and dabbled with Ouija boards and similar occult devices like so many in that day and time. It seems that Mildred was destined to have her own encounter with the malevolent spirit of “It”. In an article she wrote for The Occult Review, in 1908, Mildred described her own encounter with the frightening elemental;
“I was standing in the gallery looking down into the main hall when suddenly I felt something by me. The thing I saw was about the size of a sheep, thin, gaunt, and shadowy in parts, its face was human, or to be more accurate — inhuman in its vileness. The lust reflected in the “It’s” eyes, which seemed half decomposed in black cavities, stared into mine. The horrible smell which before offended my nostrils, became 100 times more intensified and came up into my face filling me with a deadly nausea. It was the smell of a decomposing corpse.”
Although Leap has passed to other owners since, “It” has not been sighted since Mildred Darby’s unfortunate encounter in 1908 — none that are documented anyway. However, newer owners have complained they’ve experienced bouts of bad luck when renovating Leap Castle. There have been serious falls resulting in broken bones and similar “accidents”. In the last few years, Leap has remained fairly quiet in regards to spirit and elemental activity. Although the main part of the castle is now uninhabited, the current family has renovated Leap Castle enough to showcase it to tourists. People can now rent Leap for wedding and christening ceremonies held in the High Chapel. Perhaps these happier times have overshadowed the troubled spirits of Leap.