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Paranormal Research Association of Ireland - 1 Decade old


The web board post (bad spelling and all!) which started us!

Can you believe it. May 15th 2014 marks a full decade of the Paranormal Research Association of Ireland’s (Then called Paranormal Research Ireland before Barry F contacted me, asking me to change the name as it was close to his!) first ever investigation. For those that don’t remember, it was of course at one of our favorite “haunts”, Charleville Forrest Castle in Co. Offally.

Since starting the team with an analogue MICRO CASSETTE recorder, Gauss meter and cheap camcorder, we have come leaps and bounds in technology, research and reach. Over the years we have met many good members, and helped many clients. We have made some great friends, and had a lot of fun both on and off investigation. Who would have imagined when we first hit the scene on that dreary Saturday afternoon that the team would grow to what it is today: an international group with 4 locations Boston, New Hampshire, Colorado and Ireland, and serving some 24.3 million people spread over 203,202 square miles internationally. I know I didn’t!

With that in mind, I want to thank everybody in all the divisions for all the hard work that has gotten us where we are, and with you all an early Happy PRA Day!

Ian

Night Side with Dan Rae

Join the PRAB on Friday 12th October at 2200 EST on CBS Boston's AM1030, NightSide with Dan Rae is streamed live here. Ian and Becky will be answering your questions live on the show. We look forward to talking to you


 

Paranormal Conference 2012

Join us on Saturday 6th October at the North East Paranormal Expo. Talk to the team, ask questions and see our equipment and members. Ian will be giving his talk "The Science of Paranormal Research" at 9am, and we intend to stream this talk on PRAB Live!
See more of the event here


Public Lecture: "The Science of Paranormal Research"
in the Rollins Library

 

 

 

 

Lead Investigator Ian Murphy hosts the hit lecture, The Science of Paranormal Research

The Science of Paranormal Research is designed to educate members of the public in the basics of scientific paranormal research. It offers people interested in paranormal research the opportunity to experience the scientific aspect of research of this very interesting subject.

The presentation has been given over 5 years in 2 continents, with updates as new theory and practice come into play. The audience is also exposed to the equipment used in paranormal research. It encompasses the use of, and theories behind, the equipment we use.

When asked why he is giving this one off lecture, Ian Murphy explains:

"When we started in Ireland, the notion of a research association using scientific methods to research something as controversial as ghosts etc, was unheard of. People frankly didn't understand what we did.

These days, as talking about strange things that have happened to you is becoming more and more acceptable, we have decided to re-visit this forum.

I have updated this presentation for 2012, and while it has some elements that are still in place from the 2005 presentation, it is mainly new material. The reason behind this is we continuously refine our research methods, research and implement new techniques, experiments and equipment. In 5 years, I'm sure I'll be saying the same about this 2012 presentation!"

Join Ian Murphy and the team of the PRAB:
Rollins Library
700 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02476
at 6.00 PM on Wednesday 15th August

What's happening in the PRAB?


June 22, 2012

Starting a new division, opening a new chapter!

Nate Goldstein, the former Public Relations Officer of the Paranormal Research Association of Boston, has been upgraded to Lead Investigator of the new division of the PRAB, the Paranormal Research Association of Colorado.
He will be running the PRAC with the same protocols, training and experience in the PRAB. He is currently looking for highly motivated individuals to join the team. Check it out on the Colorado division website, here

 

June 2, 2012

After a great night on the USS Salem, the PRAB deems the public investigations a success! We hope if you came you will come with us again, and if you missed out this time, please feel free to register your interest here

 

May 20, 2012



Ian and Becky at WSCA Portsmouth Radio

 

 

December 31, 2011

The Investigatio report from the USS Salem is now available to read! Get it here

December 6, 2011


One of the big challenges of managing a paranormal team with a high demand for it's services, is keeping an eye on everyone's schedules. Since we all do this on a voluntarily basis,  we all have other commitments. Along with our internal software that manages clients, PCMS, I needed a reliable, easy to use , professional service that will help manage the team and make sure everyone has the latest information on investigation / presentation scheduling and that we could track our data analysis after the project.

I looked through a number of open source programs and some other sites when I came across OnePlace. Not only does this fantastic service have everything I need, but they also have a Giving Back Program where they will give non-profits like us their Silver plan for free. They are very in line with the PRAB's core ethos of helping others, which is why they are helping us out and have included us in this program.

So, if your team has a need for good management of your team, I urge you to check them out. You won't be disappointed. And, again, thank you OnePlace for this! It is very much appreciated!

PRAB At the YELP Halloween Hangover

November 9th 2011



Mikey, Ian, Kelly, Brad, Jen and Becky


Kelly


Jen and Becky

PRAB on Nightside with Dan Rea

September 23rd 2011

 


Ian Murphy speaks on Nightside with Dan Rea. Originally slotted for a 1 hour slot, the segment was so popular that it had to be extended to the end of the program.

New team 2011

September 18th 2011

After over 100 applicatants for the position of Trainee Paranormal Investigator, we are pleased to welcome our 3 new members to the team.

Mikey Lee, Rachel Bordutha, Rebecca MacDonald

PRAB On Spectral Evidence, April 26 2011


On the 26th of April, 2011 Ian Murphy was interviewed on behalf of the PRAB in Hudson, NH for HDTV 20's Spectral Evidence program. To view the full interview, click here

 

March 23rd 2011

 

PRAB on IPI Radio

If you missed it live, you can hear it in the archives here

New team in training

The newest members of the Paranormal Research Association of Boston are currently undergoing their training to become full team members. After an open application process which yielded over 120 responses, we have selected 4 members to at to the team of the PRAB. These members are:

 

Amanda Carney

Kelly MacKinnion

Kara Wilson

Melissa Wiles

 

We welcome them to the training team and wish them the best in their training.

 

PRAB Live! A the Colonial House in Cape Cod.

The original house was first built in 1716, by Captain John Minot, a soldier and physician. In 1730 another part of the present building was built next to the Minot house by the Josiah Ryder family, a two story Federal style home with a hip roof, an attic and a basement. The Ryder family lived there for only a short time. Captain Joseph Eldrige bought the home. During the Revolutionary War, this house was used as a hospital and room 24 was Dr. Minot's operating room.

 

 

 

 

For the next 100 years was known as the Eldrige House, being passed down to descendants, such as Dr. Azariah Eldridge who enjoyed living in this Cape Cod location. But more room was needed. Another house which was floated over from Nantucket, was added on a foundation at the rear of the original Eldrige building as more living space was desired. It wasn't until 1860 that this house was added directly onto the main structure and added a third floor while they were at it. The Minot house was also made part of the Eldrige building along with two other nineteenth-century buildings, in the latter part of the 1800s. A mansard roof and the portico sitting on the top modernized the house to fit in with the Victorian style homes being built at this time.

Will we see the Monk in the office, the doctor in 226 or the mysterious Dining Room supervisor? Who knows, but join us, on PRAB Live!

Public Lecture: "The Science of Paranormal Research"
in the Brookline Adult and Community Education Center

 

Lead Investigator Ian Murphy hosts the hit lecture, The Science of Paranormal Research

The Science of Paranormal Research is designed to educate members of the public in the basics of scientific paranormal research. It offers people interested in paranormal research the opportunity to experience the scientific aspect of research of this very interesting subject.

The presentation has been given over 5 years in 2 continents, with updates as new theory and practice come into play. The audience is also exposed to the equipment used in paranormal research. It encompasses the use of, and theories behind, the equipment we use.

When asked why he is giving this one off lecture, Ian Murphy explains:

"When we started in Ireland, the notion of a research association using scientific methods to research something as controversial as ghosts etc, was unheard of. People frankly didn't understand what we did.

These days, as talking about strange things that have happened to you is becoming more and more acceptable, we have decided to re-visit this forum.

I have updated this presentation for 2010, and while it has some elements that are still in place from the 2005 presentation, it is mainly new material. The reason behind this is we continuously refine our research methods, research and implement new techniques, experiments and equipment. In 5 years, I'm sure I'll be saying the same about this 2010 presentation!"

Join Ian Murphy and the team of the PRAB:
Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA
at 7.00 PM on Tuesday 22nd June

January 31st 2010

Ian returns to Ireland to work with the Paranormal Research Association of Ireland

 

 



Left to Right - David Wegner (Lead Investigator, PRAI) Traze Shallow (Case Manager, PRAI)

Cats Flynn (Trainee, PRAI) Ian Murphy (Lead Investigator, PRAB)



Boldbuzz Educational Panel

 


On Tuesday, October 27th, Senior Paranormal Investigators Greg Lannigan and Brad Goldfarb will take part in an educational panel as part of the BoldBuzz educational series.

They will be pannelists at the event showing the public the scientific side of paranormal research.

Come join us at the event.

What: BoldBuzz Educational Panel

When: Tuesday, October 27th from 7-9pm

Where: 15 Channel Center Street, South Boston

Directions: The Channel Center is less than 1 mile from South Station, an easy drive or walk. Directions are below. Please note that the address is Channel CENTER, not Channel STREET, and that Mapquest sends you to the wrong one

Parking: Is complimentary evenings at the Channel Center parking lot, immediately next to 15 Channel Center



 

 

USS Salem - September 19th 2009

 

 

 

 

On September 19th, the Paranormal Research Association of Boston, in conjunction with Paranormal New England will embark on the first of many Paranormal Alliance investigations. The USS Salem, located in Quincy, MA

History

Ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and launched on 25 March, 1947. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.

USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. During her career she served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.

Although Salem never fired her mighty guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during those troubled times that came to be called the Cold War. She served as a Lady of Diplomacy, rather than as a means of exerting brute force.

In October of 1994, Salem once again made her way north to her birthplace in Quincy, where she is now the centerpiece of the United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum.

The USS Salem is also host to the Halloween exhibit, “The Haunted Ship”.

Paranormal Claims

Feelings of presences in operating room.
Reports of entity names include “Daniel” and “Little John”.
Reported presence of a young boy.
EVPs saying “Get out”.




August 29th, 2009 - Braintree, MA

Training Team 2009 Completed

 

 

Pictured Left to right
Dan Quirke, Nate Goldstein, Marlena Flannery, Rochelle Costigan, PRAB Core Member Greg Lannigan

The newest members of the Paranormal Research Association of Boston performed their initial training and are now eligable to join the core members on investigations. We welcome them to the team, and look forward to having a long relationship with them

August 8th, 2009, Braintree, MA

Paranormal Convention MA

The Paranormal Convention is an initiative by the Paranormal Research Association of Boston and Paranormal New England to educate the public and to bring the community firmly together

Their website is here

August 1st, 2009, Braintree, MA

Paranormal Alliance MA Started

The Paranormal Alliance is an initiative by the Paranormal Research Association of Boston and Paranormal New England to create an established route for groups to work together efficiently. It is an agreement which is entered into by an individual paranormal investigator or paranormal research team. Any team that joins the paranormal alliance shares information on new technology, history and other relevant information with other members of the alliance. All information shared is subject to a confidentiality agreement between the alliance.

Join or contribute here

June 29, 2009, Braintree, MA

Alliance formed

The Paranormal Research Association of Boston is pleased to announce an alliance between the PRAB and Paranormal New England. The Lead Investigators of both teams hope that this alliance will aid them in their paranormal research, and the community at large.

Be on the look out for more data from both teams.

February 15, 2009, Braintree, MA

 

 

 

 

Urgent help needed

I'm sure many of you are familiar with one of the most haunted castles in Ireland. They were the starting point for the PRAI, and a number of other groups. Now, this fantastic location needs help!

Charleville Castle Members and Volunteers have enjoyed preparing and sharing meals in the Volunteer’s Kitchen.
The kitchen has been in need of urgent restoration for many years – now it has become extremely urgent – we have started already because unless we improve it we can longer use it. One major issue is holding up everything – the big stove. Volunteers in the USA are shipping them parts to recondition this unit. They have put up €1,000 so far and they to raise a further €2,000 within the next short while. Everything pivots around the success of this campaign. Please see what you can do to help. You can contribute by cheques, credit card or PayPal – call:

Dudley at +353 87 909 2593 or Paypal from This Link


Please share this appeal with your friends and network and or dig deep




February 13, 2009, Braintree, MA

I am proud to announce that Trainee Paranormal Investigator Brad Goldfarb and Trainee Paranormal Investigator Greg Lannigan have been upgraded to Level 2 Trainee Paranormal Investigators. This follows their fantastic enthusiasm and use of debunking skills at a recent investigation.

December 20, 2008, Quincy, MA

 

 

 

 

The Paranormal Research Association of Boston and The Paranormal Research Association of Ireland have both had articles published in the December issue of the International Paranormal Investigator's Newsletter.

For those of you unfamiliar with the IPI, The International Paranormal Investigators is a worldwide organization.  It seeks to bring together paranormal investigators from around the world, pooling their knowledge for the advancement of investigation into the realm of the unexplained.  Investigators, whether independent or part of various organizations come together to share knowledge, techniques and build new contacts in the worlds community.

Their website is here

The newsletter can be downloaded here

 


December 19, 2008, Quincy, MA

Paranormal CMS or PCMS for short is a Client and Case manager for paranormal investigators which has been developed by the Paranormal Research Association of Ireland to allow central management of cases and client records in a multi user environment.

PCMS is custom built from the ground up for and by paranormal investigators

PCMS is available with two licenses Non Profit and Commercial

Non Profit Licenses are granted free of charge to verified non profit groups who do not charge for any service.

Commercial Licenses are available for a fee to groups who do charge for services but wish to make use of PCMS

Both versions are exactly the same in terms of features

A  Demo Version is available to allow evaluation of the program. the demo is fully featured but will store only a limited number of records, if you like the program and wish to remove the limits then a new license file is all that is required to enable unlimited records.

 

You can get PCMS from the PRAB as the United States distributor. Read more here

 

 

 

December 16, 2008, Quincy, MA

The Paranormal Research Association of Boston is pleased to announce a number of updates.

Firstly, congratulations to Brad, Doug and Greg on completing PRAB Orientation and Training. This places them on the PRAB's Active team roster, meaning they are now eligible to take part in residential investigations and lead teams on public investigations.

Two articles have been added to the "Education and Training" section relating to EMF and Infrasound.

We have taken on a new liaison officers for Central United States. Jeff Barkett, a Lead Investigator in SAGAPS in Arizona is now a part of out team and will be responsible for our alliances and work in the Central US endeavours. Welcome aboard!

You can listen to the show here

 

 

 

 

PRAB Site Reviewed

October 4, 2008, Quincy, MA

 

 

 

 

The PRAB Site received a review on The Paranormalizer. The Paranormalizer is dedicated to reviewing all websites covering the paranormal community. We recieved a 7/10. You can read the review here


We are on MySpace

October 3, 2008, Quincy, MA

We're now on MySpace! Come join us here

US Distributor for PCMS

September 23, 2008, Quincy, MA

 

 

 

 

PCMS
We are proud to announce that we are now the distributor for the Paranormal Client Management System on behalf of the Paranormal Research Association of Boston. If you wish to download this free product and learn more about it, please check here


New Trainee Member Appointed

September 21, 200, Quincy, MA

The PRAB is pleased to welcome Shandi Mahan-Fortunato as a Trainee Paranormal Investigator.

Paranormal Research Association of Boston links with IPI

September 1, 2008, Quincy MA

 

 

 

 

IPI Ian Murphy of the Paranormal Research Association of Boston has become an Area Representative for the International Paranormal Investigators. This link continues the work of the PRAB to link with the community and help the community as a whole. International Paranormal Investigators is a worldwide organization.  It seeks to bring together paranormal investigators from around the world, pooling their knowledge for the advancement of investigation into the realm of the unexplained.  Investigators, whether independent or part of various organizations come together to share knowledge, techniques and build new contacts in the worlds community.

The IPI can be reached here

 

 

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