PAGAN rituals, psychic witches and the spirits of people who have been dead for hundreds of years aren’t what you’d expect to find at your average wedding. But for a young couple of ‘ghost hunters’ who are about to tie the knot at a historic West Limerick castle, the paranormal has always been normal.
On October 9 Springfield Castle near Dromcollogher will host the pagan marriage of Anthony Kerrigan and Jennifer Cremins, two members of Irish ghost hunting team ‘Ghosteire’. The couple, who typically spend their days investigating paranormal activity in everything from ancient castles to pubs, will be married in the old Celtic style of handfasting and exchanging of coats of arms
Anthony, a native of Kerry, said that they fell in love with Springfield Castle while conducting a seance there last year, in which they learned something out of the ordinary about its spirits.
“We investigated Springfield Castle about a year ago, so we knew quite a lot about it. We had a seance, and what we found out was the spirits thought that we were ghosts, and that they were still alive. About 20% of spirits don’t know they’re dead.”
Springfield Castle has left a footprint on history for hundreds of years. It is most popularly known as an old castle belonging to the family of the Earls of Desmond, the FitzGeralds, and was described by famous 17th century poet and Broadford native Daíbhí Ó Bruadair as “a mansion abounding in poetry, prizes and people”.
After the crown had confiscated the FitzGerald lands in the aftermath of the Williamite War, the castle passed to the Fitzmaurice and then Deane families, becoming property of the barons of Muskerry. Today it belongs to the ninth Baron Muskerry, the South African based Robert Fitzmaurice Deane, and is run by his sister Betty and her husband Jonathan.
Anthony, who met Jennifer through a friend after she came on one of his paranormal investigations, said that they have decided to get married in the pre-Christian Celtic fashion of ‘handfasting’, in which the couple’s hands are symbolically bound together with a ribbon or cord.
They will also exchange coats of arms woven into pieces of cloth, before a fireworks display caps off the evening. The ceremony will be carried out by Ghosteire’s psychic investigator, Xak Arooo.
Anthony said that the Ghoseire team are looking for locations in Limerick to investigate, and asked people to visit their site ghosteire.net.