Recently back from filming the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special in Ireland, Zak Bagans shares his tips for traveling to the country so known for its folklore, haunted castles and mythical creatures. Zak offers his advice on where to go and what to eat when searching for ghosts among the rolling green hills of Ireland. Tune in Friday, October 31 at 9|8c to watch Zak investigate Dublin and beyond.
What brought you to Ireland?
Ireland is steeped with so many mystical legends and so much dark history, it is literally a land of fantasy for the Ghost Adventures Crew. We wanted to investigate tales of the devil himself by visiting 2 locations and exploring other places said to be inhabited by ancient Celtic demons and spirits.
What were your expectations while filming in Ireland?
To be immersed in a different time period. I had visions of old castles, green land drenched with rain, old thatch-roofed villages with plumes of smoke coming from the fireplaces … and it was exactly as I imagined it would be. While I was there to find the devil and his demons, I never found a 4-leaf clover, even though I spent days looking for one in between filming.
What were some unforgettable moments?
My favorite food is corned beef and cabbage. I made it a mission to find a historic old Irish pub that served authentic corned beef and cabbage, and I did at a place called O’Neill’s in Dublin. It was amazing. We also stayed in a celebrity chef’s hotel, called the Dunbrody Country House Hotel (as well as the Kinnitty Castle Hotel — pictured below). Chef Kevin Dundon was very cool, and we hung out with him during our stay there. His pub served the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I’m tearing up right now because I miss those fish and chips so badly … I have to go now.
Do you have recommendations on things to do in Ireland?
I’d say don’t go to Ireland to do modern things — immerse yourself in its Viking and medieval history. Visit St. Michan’s Church in Dublin, and tour the crypts where you can see bodies falling out of the collapsed coffins. Take a cautious drive (the roads are scary) into the country, and visit the old castles and houses. You really can time travel back into history there, and the scenery is like a fantasy movie. It’s so breathtaking, I miss it already. It was just so peaceful there.
Any tips for planning a trip to Ireland?
Be VERY careful if you rent a car and try to drive. The country roads are EXTREMELY narrow, and you literally have to pull over into the grass when passing an on-coming car. Visit the little country towns, and try to find the ice cream men who drive vans — the ice cream cones with flake will really help you fuel up to find ghosts!
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