I've heard many stories of old Belfast and many of them relate to my family and my friend's family so here we go!
While talking with my friend's mum one evening, the subject arose of methods of contacting the dead. She told me that when she was a young girl around 15 she and her friends whilst at school (this was a strict catholic school) had placed a glass on a table and began to call out asking if there was anything or anyone there.
Within 15minutes or so the room filled with a mist and a purple flame appeared in the glass-the girls were very afraid and ran for the door knocking the glass over only to find the door wouldn't open but in the end the girls got out.
She still finds it hard to talk about it. Her family have been subject to a strange curse since that day. I assume that two of the girls in the room that day were her sisters.
Their uncle, a digger driver, died suddenly whist working trying to clear ground where new houses were being built. It is rumored that a fairy tree stood in his way and when he attempted to move it, he suddenly had a heart attack and died. This happened to her sister's husband and also her other uncle although they were not digger drivers and died years apart in strange circumstances.
It is said that a few days before each death the banshee could be heard in the hills and bushes around the housing estate- this I heard and so did half the people in the estate. It was a sound I shall not forget for the rest of my life.