AN Irish woman who married the ghost of a 300-year-old pirate has announced they have split. Amanda Teague, 46, from Drogheda, County Louth, married the Haitian pirate named Jack earlier this year on board a boat in international waters off the Irish coast. Family and friends had attended the happy couple’s big day and the newlyweds had honeymooned in Northern Ireland. But there was to be no fairytale ending and it seems Amanda and Jack can no longer stand the sight of each other.

At the time of their marriage, Teague said that she had found her “soulmate”, insisting they had arguments, went on nights out and had sex like any ordinary couple. It’s not clear how the couple met, but unconfirmed reports suggest their romance has spawned a new dating app with the working title Shiver Me Tinders.

Now, in a new take on the story of the ghost of Christmas past, Teague faces the festive season without her former dearly beloved.

As for Jack, the break-off is yet another turn of bad luck, the final nail in the coffin after he was executed in the 1700s for thieving on the high seas.

It would be fair to say that Teague has a bit of a thing for pirates. A dedicated Pirates Of The Caribbean fan, she spent £4000 to look like Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp’s character in the film, and now works as a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator. She admitted she had never seen her husband in physical form but imagined him similar to Sparrow Alas, all that is behind them now. Taking to social media to confirm their relationship was over, Teague said: “So I feel it’s time to let everyone know that my marriage is over. I will explain all in due course but for now all I want to say is be VERY careful when dabbling in spirituality, it’s not something to mess with.”

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It’s hard to imagine quite what can turn a wife off a husband who exists only in spirit, but presumably it wasn’t his snoring or poor hygiene. Perhaps he was lured from the matrimonial seabed by a sultry siren. Who knows? But if you’re curious to learn more, Teague has helpfully written a book (priced at 10 pieces of eight, or £9.99 sterling).

Called A Life You Will Remember, the blurb describes its author, Mrs Amanda Sparrow Large Teague, as Ireland’s only modern-day pirate. It continues: “When she watched Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time in 2015, her life transformed. Overturning her lifestyle completely, she became an impersonator of Captain Jack Sparrow … But her self-discovery didn’t end there. Amanda soon found that her life-shifting moment upon discovering Jack Sparrow was no coincidence. He is not a fictional character at all, but the spirit of a pirate from the 1700s trying to connect with her. This is her story of love, loss and a connection between two souls that defies the boundaries of time and logic. Through it, Amanda has found the true meaning of life.”

It sounds a swashbuckling read, and no doubt the proceeds will help towards any messy divorce costs. But rumours that the book is ghost-written are completely unfounded.