There are many teams around the world who investigate the paranormal. I'm going to be chatting to some of them over the next few months so we can start to get an idea of who our friends are in these different places. To start us off I spoke with Gary and Caron Watters the founders of Ghost Searchers Ireland, who hail from Northern Ireland.
Amanda: Ok let's start with the obvious one, when did you first start Ghost Searchers Ireland?
GSI: It was the 11th of February2011 just over 5 years ago!
A: What was it that got you interested in the paranormal field in the first place?
GSI: I was brought up in an old house which was around 180 years old, whenever I was on my own when I was 11 years old I would see shadows under my door when I knew no one was in the house. Plus, I heard a woman whisper in my ear one morning, when it was getting bright around 5 am in the morning...
A: What's the most interesting piece of evidence or an experience that has happened to you?
GSI: Getting scratched from an invisible force was something I couldn't explain. Very strange!
A: Would you say that your group is science based or spiritual based or a good mix of both?
GSI: We are both, we believe it gives us a perfect balance into the supernatural. Our members have certain skills both from the technical end and also into spirituality.
A: What would you class as one of the most compelling pieces of paranormal evidence out there in the field at the moment, doesn't just have to be ghosts.
GSI: There are a few, but the one that stands out I would have to say, is a capture on visual, what looks like a woman in a room in night vision which makes it more interesting from the waist down there is nothing.
A: You often run public events at certain locations, tell us about the charity ones you have run.
GSI: Yes, we have done a lot for cancer research UK, in which we have raised nearly £4000 for a very worthy cause. Nearly everyone knows someone who has been effected by this horrible disease.
A: What are you hoping to achieve in this field with Ghost Searchers Ireland?
GSI: To show that spirits/Ghosts are real.
A: What impact do you think all these paranormal TV shows have on investigative groups these days. Do you think it has increased the popularity? Is it a negative or a positive impact?
GSI: It has opened the eyes for many into what could be going on. Unfortunately some teams base their investigations as to what they see on TV, in the real world it should be the opposite. I think it has a positive impact as a lot of teams were born from the TV shows .
A: Do you think that the paranormal in general has become a little more accepted now, it used to be such a taboo topic to talk about?GSI: Yes I believe so, especially clients that have houses and don't know what is going on. It gives them a better understanding into what could be going on and not afraid to come forward with their experiences. It can only be a good thing .
A:What are your thoughts on the infamous orbs?
GSI: Dust or moisture unless it shifts into an image of a arm or leg etc, then that would be more interesting.
A: What tools do you use in your group for investigating? Do you use a Ouija board and do you believe you can get good results from it?
GSI: Mainly FLIR thermal technology, Night vision cameras, Motion sensor cameras, Hidden technology cameras, Franks box, Voice condenser microphones. A new custom built vortex that is in the form of a tunnel, similar to when people pass over, with eye witness reports were based on our studies. We use a tunnel with a powerful laser light, using a rotating mirror creating this form of vortex, where we use mist that stays to the outer wall and if anything moves we will pick that up. It penetrates it 10 times more powerful than any thermal camera. No we don't use Ouija board, not because it's bad, only because we never got around to using one. In my eyes if you touch something with your hand then your contaminating it now, if it would move on its own then that would be more creditable evidence.
A: Do you or have you used the skills of a medium or psychic during your investigations?
GSI: Yes, we use only one who is very good, only as a secondary opinion, but we mainly base our investigations on our own findings.
A: Who is an investigator or a group out there in the field that inspires you with what they are currently doing?
GSI: Robb Demarest from Ghost Hunters International who is very well known in the para world, who keeps it very real and I have a lot of respect for him doing that and I have had the pleasure of investigating with when we went out to America.
A:You have done several things overseas as part of your group would you care to elaborate on some of them?
GSI: Yes in 2014 we investigated the famous Chillingham castle, and later returned to investigate Castle Keep, both in England.
We have made a fly on the wall documentary for a local network with a Belfast producer, also we were approached by an American TV producer. We have filmed a pilot show for a popular American TV network, also we have been on SKY TV, the old paranormal channel and Irish TV.
September 2013 we did a Investigation at Crumlin road Gaol in Belfast for an Australian TV network on channel 9 called “Explore TV travel Channel".
Also the GSI team did a TV interview into Canada on Soul Work with Jeni via a skype call. Back in 2008 myself and Caron appeared on GMTV on a case of ghost sighting at a side of the road in Northern Ireland.
I appeared on the Kevin Smith show in America which goes out live to 50 top countries worldwide and apparently has 1.5 million listeners worldwide.
We have also been on radio on Ghost Chat Radio and also Keeping the Spirits alive with Steve Parsons from Most haunted, on Ghost Chronicles International in the states and many news papers covering our investigations around the country, also magazines in America and England including paranormal underground. Most of our investigations will be filmed as fly on the wall and will be posted on you tube and all our films are shown on the wonderful an Lar Internet TV. We also have been on stations here in Ireland & the UK.
In November 2015 we went to Florida to investigate with other paranormal teams in America and had the pleasure to investigate the gulf stream hotel.
Mum to 2 children and a husband by day and paranormal investigator by night. Amanda's passion is not only finding answers to her questions but also the historical side of a lot of the cases and she is an avid researcher. She also likes to take romantic walks along the beach