Is Limerick’s Frank McCourt museum ‘haunted’?

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

The team of three paranormal investigators, Jennifer Kerrigan, Xak Aroo and Anthony Kerrigan in front of Leamy House. Picture: Adrian Butler
A PARANORMAL team of investigators will this week be examining any ghostly goings-on in the Frank McCourt museum.

A PARANORMAL team of investigators will this week be examining any ghostly goings-on in the Frank McCourt museum.

The team of three paranormal investigators, including one psychic medium, from Kerry and Cork carried out a preliminary examination of the museum and former school on Hartstonge Street last week.

The building, Leamy House, which houses the museum, is currently up for sale for €325,000 on the instructions of a bank, but the museum curator Una Heaton said “it won’t be sold in my life-time.”

“I would hate to see it close - I would be tied to the railings. Visitors are still coming, and it would be a shame (to close it) now that we’ve put all this in place,” she told the Limerick Leader.

Ms Heaton was contacted by the paranormal team, asking if they could examine the property given its provenance - and link with Limerick’s only Pulitzer Prize winning author, who penned Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man.

She said she and her staff have witnessed some unexplainable events in the museum, and believes the results of this investigation will be “interesting”.

The investigating team are husband and wife Anthony and Jennifer Kerrigan, from Killarney, and Xak Aroo, also a psychic medium from west Cork.

In the coming week, they will be studying the electro-magnetic fields of energy of the building, honing in on any “paranormal spikes coming through”.

“The electro-magnetic fields can throw up quite a lot of environmental factors, 95% of which are usually explainable,” said Xak, who said she can see and hear spirits.

“We investigate the remaining five per cent, of which three per cent is usually explainable. It’s that two per cent we’re interested in.”

She said she got heart palpitations when she walked up the stairs towards the museum, and when she was sitting outside in the vehicle could sense nuns in blue habits.