The identity of a legendary Ballyshannon personality which has been a guarded secret for over 200 years will be publicly revealed in the Abbey Centre on Friday 7th November at 8.30 p.m. A night of ghostly tales will include a world premiere of a ten minute short play entitled “The Green Lady” starring Patricia Keane and Conor Beattie . This amazing story has been traced to Canada where emigrants from Ballyshannon brought the story with them over 200 years ago. How this story was lost back in Ballyshannon and how it will be heard publicly in the town for the first time in over two centuries is an event not to be missed. Places that feature in the story include Assaroe waterfall, the old Barracks and Abbey Assaroe. The identity of the Green Lady and her lover are revealed and a whole new twist is put on this popular story. The original research for this tale was done in Canada by the late John Ward former editor of the Donegal Vindicator. Well known author Soinbhe Lally has written the script for this new version of “The Green Lady.”
Local historian Anthony Begley will deliver the talk entitled “Ballyshannon’s ghostly past including links to Dracula and Frankenstein.” Mary Shelley who wrote “Frankenstein” and Bram Stoker who wrote “Dracula” both have close family ties to Ballyshannon which will be revealed. Short readings with Conor Carney and Patricia Keane are included. Lots of strange happenings such as headless horsemen, grave digging, goblin children, apparitions, and the dangers of searching for buried treasure will ensure a night of fun, mystery and suspense. This night of ghostly tales including “The Green Lady” on Friday 7th November is in memory of Kathleen and Louis Emerson of County Donegal Historical Society and will form part of the Allingham Arts weekend. All the family are welcome and admission is free.