Sharon Rectory is a wonderful and mysterious mansion that holds many of unnerving and dark secrets. This wonderful building was built in 1775 and stands among the beautiful countryside of Manorcunningham in Co. Donegal Ireland. The house took over fifteen years to fully construct and was the Church of Ireland Rectory to the parish of Ray.
When a devastating double murder took place on the property in March 1797, the former Lady of the house Sara Waller was caught in the crossfire during a vendetta against their house guest Reverend William Hamilton and the United Irishmen. Sadly, they both lost their lives during the siege upon the Rectory.
While the Tully family purchased the property in the 1990's, little did they know that their lives would change forever. Author Emma Louise Tully, writes about the spine-chilling paranormal events in her novel The Haunting of Sharon Rectory.
Sharon Rectory Gallery
When Vincent and Lisa Tully bought the property beginning of 1995, the house was in total ruins. Here are some photographs of Sharon before they began renovations.
The Fairy corner
Pull up a pew
Relax and chill
Archway to Narnia
The Haunting of Sharon Rectory
This 200-year-old Georgian Rectory is a sight to behold. But what secrets, spirits and ghosts lurk behind?
When the Tully family purchased this magnificent building in the 1990s they had big restoration dreams. Little did they know their lives were about to change forever.
This fascinating book is based on the author’s 22-year diary. She shares intriguing insights into the paranormal activity and eerie occurrences the family have encountered. She details the network of psychic supporters they have called on to help with their unconventional plight and explains why this close-knit family are not prepared to leave their beautiful home.
Sharon Rectory is haunted by the lost souls of its former residents and they aren’t prepared to go quietly either. ‘The Blue Lady’, one such ghost, is thought to be the murder victim of the original owner, Sara Waller. A dark, malevolent spirit also occupies the rectory too. This powerful demonic presence plagues the family and wreaks havoc as its identity is gradually uncovered.
Part historical/part modern day true ghost story, the author writes of her family’s terror and their physical and mental torment as they try to maintain some semblance of normal family life at Sharon Rectory. Not for the faint of heart, this real and raw memoir of life among the paranormal will have you completely hooked from the very beginning.
Author's personal note:
This story reopened old wounds as I dive into my past and openly talk about my experiences with the supernatural. I confront the controversial topic of the paranormal as I tell the true events we must face while living in Sharon Rectory. Over the twenty-two years, myself and my family have kept a diary on the strange occurrences that we have encountered in our home. To constantly live in fear of the unseen is a curse, but to overcome those challenges together is a blessing.
Emma Louise speaks with Film and Television Director Marty Stalker on the Hostage to the Devil podcast developed by Causeway Pictures and Underground films.
Available on all podcast streaming platforms.
AFEARED- Episode one: Murder and Rebellion
The story of Sharon Rectory's horrific past of murder and rebellion aired on BBC Two Northern Ireland on February 2021.
Sharon Rectory is a stunning structure built in 1775 situated between the small villages of Newtowncunningham and Manorcunnningham in Co. Donegal Ireland. This historical building holds a dark past of murder and rebellion. The rectory which once housed the Dr Reverend John Waller and his Wife Sarah Waller. From my research, Mr. Waller was a fellow at Trinity College and was deemed a highly valued man within his field. As a respected and loving family, the Wallers brought great peace and security to their parishioners in their parish of Ray.
Film & TV Productions
Did you know, Sharon Rectory has featured in the following TV series?
BBC's True North: The Formal
BBC's The Lang Hame
BBC's Afeared- Murder and Rebellion
Articles, Interviews & Videos
Sharon Rectory and Paranormal Investigators Ireland featured in Yahoo's! Scariest stories of 2019 alongside ghostly encounters at Zak Bagan's Haunted Museum and one of America's most haunted homes.
Sharon Rectory has featured in The Real Paranormal Magazine- Article written by Emma Louise Tully
Lisa, Victoria and Emma Louise Tully joined Greg Hughes on Highland Radio to talk about their ghostly experiences living in Sharon Rectory.
On a follow up interview, Emma Louise and Kate Houston talks on the Greg Hughes show about the book The Haunting of Sharon Rectory.
Emma Louise was invited onto Newstalk to discuss her book The Haunting of Sharon Rectory and some of her ghostly experiences from living in the house.
Check out the first ever paranormal investigation in Sharon Rectory with Team Paranormal Ulster filmed back in 2013.
Sharon Rectory featured No1 in Slapped Ham's YouTube video "Must see Ghost Sightings captured in Ireland"
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Watch Emma Louise's interview with Age of Darkness podcast
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