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County Dublin Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

Waiting Lady

Location: Balbriggan - Ardgillan Castle, bridge in garden over railway known as The Lady's Stairs
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This phantom woman is said to be waiting for her husband to return. He was a keen swimming, but drowned one night, leaving his wife on the bridge awaiting his return. One version of the story says that whoever sees the ghost on Halloween will be picked up and thrown into the ocean.

A strange green cat.

Green Cat

Location: Balbriggan - Exact location not known
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1996
Further Comments: A phantom cat, green in colour, was reported to haunt this town.

Yellow Eyed Dog

Location: Balbriggan - Unidentified estate road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Circa Christmas 2021
Further Comments: A witness watched a large black dog with yellow eyes cover eighteen metres in just three strides. Over the following two months the witness lost two members of their family.

Apologise to the Tree

Location: Belfast - Ormeau Golf Club
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Tree still present
Further Comments: If the fairy tree found near the course is hit by an errant golf ball, the player is advised to apologise to avoid the wrath of the little people. Even if not struck, it is said that golfers nod at the tree as they pass. Just in case.


Location: Blanchardstown - Former monastery converted into a home
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
Further Comments: A servant was said to have encountered a phantom nun within this house. Footsteps would also be heard, while doors would open themselves at night.

Coach and Four

Location: Clondalkin - Newlands House, currently part of the Newlands Golf Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Newlands was once owned by Arthur Wolfe, Chief Justice of Ireland; the ghostly coach is said to follow the route it once took, taking Arthur's body away from his home.


Location: Dublin - 118 Summerhill (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1966
Further Comments: Unease spread amongst workmen in the process of demolishing the house after they spotted a spectral butcher moving around the rooms. The ghost had previously been reported in two other houses along the road which had already been knocked down.


Location: Dublin - 13 Henrietta Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Now thought to have been exorcised, this phantom woman wearing old fashioned clothing was seen by neighbours looking in through the window.


Location: Dublin - 7 and 8 Hendrick Street (demolished 1963)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Starting in the 1920s, and lasting for a period of around thirty years, occupants in number 7 reported hearing shoeless footsteps which traversed the rooms and corridors. Number 8 was haunted by a man seen standing by the fireplace.


Location: Dublin - Applerock Studios
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: Investigated by GhostEire, the site located in a former red light district is home to shadowy people and an unidentified voice picked up on recording equipment.


Location: Dublin - Ardee House (demolished mid twentieth century)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: A bedroom in this property was considered particularly haunted, with occupants being violently shaken awake.

Archdeacon Bulkeley?

Location: Dublin - Area around Old Bawn Road and the Dodder
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 08 September (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Said to either be driven by or containing Archdeacon Bulkeley, a coach drawn by six headless horses containing two passengers together with two footmen, drives through this area of Dublin. Anyone who spots the coach is said to die within 366 days.

Robert Emmet

Location: Dublin - Brazen Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rebel leader Robert Emmet is said to have used the Brazen Head for meetings until executed in 1803. His ghost is said to remain, still on the lookout for enemies.

A ghostly black dog in the snow.

Lord Norbury

Location: Dublin - Cabra district
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The otherworldly black hound which stalks the area is said to be the ghost of Lord Norbury, a harsh judge renowned for his overuse of the hangman's noose.

Old Lady

Location: Dublin - Canal through Drimnagh
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1992, 02:00h
Further Comments: A cyclist riding along the canal witnessed a glowing elderly woman in white with long hair dancing with a young man. The man wore a seventeenth or eighteenth century military uniform and looked 'normal', unlike the woman who also hummed a tune. The cyclist did not stop.

James Clarence Mangan

Location: Dublin - Castle Inn, Lord Edward Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mangan was born in this building and is said to periodically return, his presence bringing an overwhelming depression to the site.

Shuffling Feet

Location: Dublin - Clontarf Castle Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2010
Further Comments: One guest at the hotel claimed to hear footsteps in his room at night. The man also said that his shower had turned itself on and his TV flicked channels over at will...


Location: Dublin - Kilmainham Gaol (former prison, now a museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: While being renovated, workers in this old gaol reported hearing strange footsteps. Other visitors have reported the feeling of being watched.


Location: Dublin - Kimmage Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The area where an old woman was murdered by a tramp was haunted by a strange jangling sound. Two sisters who heard the jangling were hit by a blast of air as it passed them.

Girl with Curly Hair

Location: Dublin - Mansion House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2013
Further Comments: After Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri's four year old daughter reported seeing a girl with dark curly hair watching television, he told the local press that the building was haunted.

Pat Doyle

Location: Dublin - Marshalsea Barracks (ruins)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Doyle attempted to escape from the Marshalsea prison but fell from a roof and died. His ghost could be seen balancing of a wall for several years after his death.

An ghostly archbishop reads through old books.

Archbishop Narcissus Marsh

Location: Dublin - Marsh's Library
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wraithy Archbishop still looks through the books and manuscripts which line the library's shelves. One legend says he is searching for a lost letter, hidden within the pages of an unknown volume.

Sean Treacy

Location: Dublin - Mater Private Nursing Hospital (no longer standing?)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920
Further Comments: Sean appeared to his friend Dan Breen as he lay in hospital - both were involved in a gun fight with the British, though Sean died of his wounds some hours before visiting Dan.


Location: Dublin - Monkstown area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1977
Further Comments: Phantom singing, combined with the occasional whimper for help, could be heard for a few months during 1977.

On the Telephone

Location: Dublin - Murrays Car Rental (no longer operating), Lower Baggot Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 2006-2011
Further Comments: Staff here experienced pens being thrown around the office, fire extinguishers falling from their mountings, and strange voices interrupting telephone calls.

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