I have always had an interest in the paranormal. I love listening to stories but I am not gullible and do not believe the majority of what I hear of others experiences. I am however a firm believer that there is life after death and our soul or spirit remain conscious of what is happening with the living.
I have had some experiences that I have dismissed or ignored because of fear of acknowledging what has happened; it is only as I'm older that I look back that I see how real they were.
I was 18 years old staying in a hotel in Castle Bar, Mayo in Ireland for a weekend with a group of work mates. I had been drinking earlier on in the day but this was no dream or illusion. The phone rang at 6.20 in the morning by one of our party who thought it would be funny to wake us up. I opened my eyes and there was a face looking at me. It was right there, the room was not light and not dark, where you could see shapes and make your way around. The figure was a man, I got that sense immediately, although there were no distinctive features: the eyes were black holes and there was black for nose and the mouth. The shape of the figure was definite although I did not see the shoulders down, it was just the face.
I sat up in bed and in shock looked away and back, not believing what I was seeing, and it was there not just my eyes. I screamed then, telling my friend in the next bed to turn on the light. I moved down the bed towards the light as I moved the figure moved with me, its face staying in front of mine. I got the sense that it was shocked or happy I could see it. It definitely wanted my attention. My friend turned on the light and it was gone. There were no reports of any ghosts in that room or hotel I was told by staff the next day.
When I was 20, I moved into a new flat with my 4 year old daughter and my boyfriend. I had previously lived in a old flat down the street from this for 5 months and had no spooky experiences and had no expectations of ghosts in this flat. I lived here for 4 years, and in that time there were some odd experiences. I cannot pinpoint when it started. I remember coming back from a weekend away for my 21st and the flat was full of blue bottles (flies) and I mean everywhere. Hundreds of them. There was no rubbish or dead animals, I keep a very tidy house always. I just could not explain it. When I think about it there were no dead ones, really. We just opened all the windows to get rid of them.
When my 2nd daughter was born a year later, I had the baby monitor on after I put her in her basket. I was sitting in the living room with my boyfriend when there was an old lady's voice clearly say, "look at the lovely baby." now I know that other homes can be picked up on these monitors but there were no children or babies living near me and the voice was definitely in our flat. The shivers went straight up my back and I had fear of my baby's safety. I never used the monitors again and still won't even though I have now moved.
My boyfriend worked away often and this night it was me and the baby alone in the home, my other daughter was at her nanny's house. I was getting settled in bed and my daughters room is next door, I heard a child's voice call "mummy". I went to get up but before I moved I realized my daughter was not home to call me. I just closed my eyes and pretended not to hear and ignored it from fear.
There were other things I dismissed. I would wake often unable to move and shout out, like having an immense pressure on top of me. The hoover would also turn on itself in the night I would have to get up and turn it off. I never saw anything but talking to my daughter now who is 13 years old, and who was 3-7 years at the time. She would often leave her room and get into my bed. But one night I HAD THE BABY IN MY BED SO SHE GOT INTO THE COT BESIDE MY BED. She was lying in the cot and a woman's face was looking in at her. She was a grey colour, and she was with a man. I think I remember my daughter saying something when she was younger but I dismissed it and she is adamant it happened, she remembers being scared for her baby sister and seeing this women more than once.