Dublin is a city steeped in a rich cultural and historical background. With an abundance of fables and tales it is the perfect base for a truly authentic Halloween experience! … So if you are in the city this Halloween weekend, why not check out some of the below spots … if you dare!…
One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Kilmainham Gaol is known for an infamous game of cards played between prisoneers with a new inmate. Legend suggests that this young man’s winning hand was making the other prisoneers suspicious, he dropped a card and when one of the other players bent down to pick it up, the hoofs of the devil were spotted under the table. The young inmate left the room, and was never seen in the prison again. The room were the game of cards was played has mysteriously gone on fire several times. Several visitors to the jail have claimed to see strange and macabre shadows in photographs snapped!
Trinity College, one of the city’s most monumental buildings, boosts a dark history filled with ghostly apparitions. The College grounds are said to be visited by a one Dr Samuel Clossey, the infamous head of the practise of medicine in Trinity 1786 – 1803. Legend has it that he robbed graves to indulge in his own experiments after college hours. Two medical students disappeared during his time teaching. It’s been said that his ghost can be seen walking the halls of Trinity carrying an amputation kit and organs.
Bram Stokers House
Author of the classic “Dracula”, as if the book wasn’t enough to keep you awake at night, there have been apparent sightings of the man himself! Rumour has it that his shadow has been seen in the window at night writing by candlelight.
Howth Harbour Lighthouse
The Lighthouse at Howth Harbour is said to be haunted by the ghost of a 3 year old and her father who were washed out to sea back in the 1800’s.The ghost of the father has been spotted on the shore calling to his infant and locals have claimed to hear the cries of the child.
The beautiful former residence of the Talbot family is now haunted by a ghost of one of the former watchmen, Puck, who fell asleep and didn’t see the enemies coming. He took his own life in shame and has been haunting the place ever since.
Another version of this story states Puck was a servant who fell in love with a noblewoman. One night he was found stabbed through the heart. Apparently he managed to announce his intentions to haunt the castle before he died and has done so ever since.
Located in the centre of Dublin, invaders to this castle were beheaded and displayed on the castle wall as a deterrent to others.
Hundreds of decapitated bodies are buried beneath the castle. Their vengeful souls are said to still roam the castle. Tour guides have reported poltergeist activity.
Portobello Harbour Bridge
This bridge in Rathmines is said to be haunted by a vicious ghost of a lock-keeper. Blamed for the deaths of a number of passengers of a public transport cart, he drowned himself in shame. His ghost still appears at the bridge as a warning to passers by.
The famous city centre theatre is said to have its own poltergeist, a troubled spirit. Doors and windows have been known to rattle violently in this theatre, and once a dressing room was virtually destroyed by an unknown presence.
Religious sites are often the subject of paranormal activity, and with many religious establishments throughout the city, Dublin is every ghouls playground! A number of well known churches throughout the city are known to be frequented by visitors from “the other side”.
St Audoen’s Church
This Polish chaplaincy is said to be a home to a ghostly haunt of lepers. The area outside the church is said to be a home to Darky Kelly, a woman executed for killing her unborn child along with several of her lovers.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
The famous Dublin landmark has its own ghost too. A Newfoundland dog has been said to appears at the memorial of John McNeill Boyd who died rescuing sailors at risk of drowning. His dog was said to have waited at his master’s grave until the day it died. Now it appears beside his memorial at the cathedral. A friendly ghost of sorts J
And of course, no discussion of Dublin is complete without the mention of a few of the local watering holes!
Even Dublin’s pub scene is not free of its Ghosts and Ghouls!
Davy Byrne’s Pub
People have claimed to see James Joyce reflection in the mirror on the main lounge in Davy Byrne’s bar on South Anne’s Street. This bar was heavily featured in Ulysses and was a favourite of the man himself.
Famous for being the oldest pub in Ireland, the Brazen Head was often frequented by a rebel leader Robert Emmet, who used the pub for various meetings. And, even though he was executed in 1803, his ghost is said to remain in the pub, still looking out for the enemies.
Kavanagh’s in Glasnevin
The pub itself dates back to 1833 is named after its former landlord, John Kavanagh. The pub is commonly known as the Gravediggers, due to its close location to the Prospect Cemetery. The pub is also famous for its resident ghost, an old man dressed in an old-fashioned tweed suit who is sometimes seen sitting at a bar and then disappearing without a trace.
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