A team of Northern Ireland ghost hunters are hoping to answer the question ‘Do ghosts exist?’ at an event in Belfast later this year.

The well known faces behind the hugely successful BBC NI series Northern Ireland’s Greatest Haunts are bringing together some of the top names in paranormal investigation at the Crumlin Road Gaol in October.

Darren Ansell, Tony Armstrong and Cormac Donnelly from Paranormal Study & Investigation Ireland (PSI) hope that The Great Paranormal Debate will attempt to answer everything from the existence of ghosts to whether or not an afterlife exists.


Paranormal Study & Investigations Ireland team (from left) Cormac Donnelly, Darren Ansell and Tony Armstrong.

Tony Armstrong, from Paranormal Study & Investigation Ireland, said: “As a research team made up of believers, sceptics and fence sitters, who have fiercely debated the many cases we have been involved with over the years, we have discussed the need for an event like this for some time.”

TV mentalist David Meade it set to host the exciting afternoon of debate and discussion in Crumlin Road Gaol on Saturday October 1 on the emotive subject of life after death.

He will introduce a panel of six speakers, a mix of believers and sceptics, which includes leading academics and paranormal investigators, to deliver presentations supporting their own viewpoint.

They include:

Filmmakers Don Philips and Steve Mera from the Phenomena Project

Documentary maker Edward White

Clairvoyant medium and stage psychic Billy Roberts

Psychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keefe

Northern Ireland author and teacher Dr Bob Curran

John Fraser from the Council of the Society for Psychical Research

Darren Ansell added: “Having been involved in researching claims of ghostly experiences, hauntings and spirit communication for 18 years, I have been left with more questions than answers. Everyone has a view or a belief and I hope this debate brings to the public a sensible and educated debate that everyone can get involved in.

“It’s a pretty formidable line-up of people who are passionate about their research, their findings and their stance, we’re expecting a very lively day indeed.

Cormac Donnelly said the team behind the event felt that not only was the Crumlin Road Gaol the perfect location but now was the time to debate whether or not ghosts or the afterlife existed in Northern Ireland.

He added: “Born out of arguments and polarising views within the team the idea was to bring this debate into the public sphere, we hope the researchers and arguments for and against will cause the audience to debate and question belief systems within themselves.

“The Crumlin Road Gaol is the perfect location given the stories and theories surrounding whether or not it might be haunted.”

Tickets for The Great Paranormal Debate are £45 and available from redmoonevents.org.

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