PAUL MOYNIHAN talks to Anne Lamont, a paranormal investigator based in County Down in Northern Ireland
What was your first Paranormal encounter?
My first paranormal encounter was as a child and was witness to coins being thrown in my parents’ home.
Do you believe in ghosts, and if so, what is a ghost?
I do believe there is something out there that is ‘paranormal’, it’s hard to say exactly what it is as I believe there are different types of hauntings/ ghosts…
What evidence have you personally uncovered that makes you consider ghosts are real?
EVPs are to me very intriguing and I have been very fortunate to have recorded some amazingly clear evps so I would have to say they are my most convincing form of evidence.
Are you skeptical of the claims others make of their findings?
I am very sceptical of everything in the paranormal and find it an essential requirement to being a paranormal investigator… so much video evidence is doctored so it is almost impossible to take much on face value.
How do prepare for a ghost hunt?
Apart from sorting out equipment if possible I do a walk round of location to get a feel for it.
What tips would you give for someone going on a paranormal investigation for the first time?
Kit yourself out correctly for the location should it be outside or whatever. Bring a torch lol and forget everything you have seen on TV shows.
What is your favourite piece of paranormal investigation equipment?
Are you psychic? Do you consider being psychic a help or a hindrance for paranormal investigations?
No, I am not psychic and I have never had a psychic join us on an investigation. It may or may not hinder an investigation I can’t fully answer this as I have never used a psychic on investigations.
What makes a great haunted location?
Haunted locations could be anywhere. History/ tragedy etc I feel can leave their mark on a location.
If you could investigate any haunted location, where would that be?
There are so many locations I would love to do like Charleville Castle…Waverley Hills or the Stanley hotel but I am happy to investigate any location.
What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
In your opinion, what is the most haunted area in the UK or Ireland?
I think it’s impossible to know if one particular place or area is more haunted than another but I do feel Ireland has a wealth of amazing locations and reports of hauntings.
Read any good paranormal books or watched any good paranormal TV shows/movies recently? I have lots of reference books about locations and ghost stories which I read a lot, as for TV shows I haven’t watched very many paranormal shows for a long time but I do enjoy Paranormal Witness and the Ghosthunter series from the 1990’s (the UK series).
Tell us about your favourite moment from a paranormal investigation.
My most favourite and memorable moment was seeing the figure of a little girl during an investigation in Queen St Police St in Belfast…very scary lol.