The Black Cat of Killakee

The Black Cat of Killakee

In this article we will be taking a look at the legend of the Black Cat of Killakee, which really sprung to life in 1968, when a young couple bought the rundown Killakee House and started renovating it…

The O’Briens Start Work

Nicholas and Margaret O’Brien purchased Killakee House in 1968 when it was an extremely run down property. They had dreams of eventually turning it into an arts center for Ireland.

They started renovation work on the location, and during this time, several workmen lived on the site. Within days the men got used to the rather eerie setting…but then a sinister feline turned up…then disappeared into thin air…

The Legend

The Black Cat of Killakee is an old, legendary creature that has reportedly been sighted in the area for centuries. However, Margaret was less than impressed with the paranormal reports put forward to her by the workmen.

That is…until she witnessed the large cat herself…

Her first encounter with it was in the hallway of the house – squatting on flagstones, just staring at her.

The Black Cat of Killakee is an old, legendary creature

Margaret had no idea how the animal had got into the house, as all the windows and doors had been locked shut.

The most famous paranormal encounter with this cat came from a painter named Tom McAssey. He was working on the house with two of his employees in March 1968…

The Painter’s Tale…

All three of the painters were working inside the same room in the house, when the temperature suddenly dropped to an icy cold level.

Without warning, the door to the room smashed open and a strange hazy figure could be seen in the darkness of the corridor.

Tom thought it was a local lad playing a trick on him, so he shouted that enough was enough, and to come into the room – the painters were not buying it!

To his shock – his request was met with a growling sound.

The three men downed tools and left the room through another door, as Tom looked back, he saw a large hideous black cat with red eyes snarling at him.


After hearing about the painter’s ordeal, Margaret decided to get some religious help in to finally get rid of this phantom cat.

The building was eventually exorcised by a priest and the cat seemed to disappear…until…

In October 1969, a group of actors that were staying at the Killakee House Art Center got a little adventurous after a few drinks.

They decided to hold their very own seance…which resulted in the Black Cat of Killakee returning to the location!

The cat was bad enough – but their amateur seance session had also managed to raise the spirits of two nuns. These nuns have been spotted on numerous occasions since 1969.

A local medium named Sheila St. Clair was invited to the Killakee property to find out more about these new paranormal visitors. Her sessions led to her believing that the two spirits were linked to a pair of women that had been forced to help out with satanic rituals in the 18th century.

These rituals had apparently been held by a notorious group named The Hell Fire Club.

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