Biddy, the Ghost of Smithfield Market, Belfast


WARREN COATES tells the hauntingly romantic tale of Smithfield Market’s ghost in Belfast
Biddy Farrelly, otherwise known as the ghost of Smithfield Market, is said to haunt the area around Gresham Street, directly behind Castle Court Shopping Centre.
Rumour has it that Biddy was an ex-lover of Luke White, a successful businessman who owned a bookstall in the market.
After he moved to Dublin to find fame and fortune, Biddy pined for her former flame, turning to drink to help her forget her woes.
When Luke died, he is said to have left some money to his old girlfriend which Biddy promptly used to drink herself to death, believing she would join her true love in Heaven.
Unfortunately for Biddy, it didn’t work out as planned and her ghost still walks around the market, searching for her first, and only, love….
WARREN COATES is the Spooky Isles’ Northern Ireland correspondent. He is the founder of the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association. For further information on NIPRA, please check out its great website here at


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