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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.

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.

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 (no longer standing)
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.

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.

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...

Matching Band

Location: Dublin - Corkagh Estate (now Corkagh Park)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Easter Monday, 1916
Further Comments: During the Easter Rising of 1916, the family and staff at Corkagh House heard a band playing and the sound of marching feet heading towards the house. Those present thought they would be attacked but the sounds suddenly stopped and nothing could be seen.

Screams of the Drowning

Location: Dublin - Deey Bridge and canal lock
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A passenger boat sunk here in the eighteenth century; many of the occupants drowned, and their psychic screams continue to this day.

Dublin Castle. Process print, 1904.


Location: Dublin - Dublin Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Men who tried to invade the castle were executed on site and their headless remains buried within the grounds. Sometimes their spirits are said to wander.

Knock on Wood

Location: Dublin - Fishamble Street Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22:00h each evening (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Green Room of this former theatre was haunted by phantom rapping, which always started at the same time each evening and lasted exactly fifteen minutes.

Faceless Woman

Location: Dublin - Flat near the North Circular Road
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Circa 1988 / 1989, around midnight
Further Comments: Two friends chatting outside a flat spotted an old woman walking along the road, pausing every so often to pick up scraps of rubbish. The friends commented on how terrible it was to see the woman alone in that state and continued to watch as she climbed some stairs to the house on the opposite side of the road. The woman turned to face the friends, who then realised the woman's face was brightly glowing, and her legs and hands were also illuminated. The glowing woman then turned her back and vanished.

Strange Presence

Location: Dublin - Former Gym
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Autumn 2003 - Winter 2004
Further Comments: A cleaner would feel a strange presence in the showers on the third floor, which would build until the cleaner could sense someone standing behind them. Upon turning, no one would be there, but the sensation would start to build again. The cleaner would later discover another person who worked at the site also felt the same presence and, seriously unnerved by the fear it created, left after a week.

An old postcard of Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin

Boyd's Dog Returns

Location: Dublin - Glasnevin Cemetery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a Newfoundland dog sometimes appears at the grave of John McNeill Boyd. After Boyd drowned, the dog refused to leave his master's grave and slowly starved to death. The loyal hound is still seen both in the area and at St Patrick's Cathedral.

Lilac Balls of Light

Location: Dublin - Glenasmole, Bohernabreena
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Some locals say that these balls of light, lilac in colour, are fairies; others say they are the manifestation of a lady who lost her way in a bad snowstorm in the middle ages and consequently died - she now tries to prevent her fate from happening to others.

The Cross at the Window

Location: Dublin - Iveagh House, St Stephen's Green
Type: Other
Date / Time: Every Holy Thursday (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A cross would once manifest upon a windowpane facing the square, visible to those walking by the property. It is reported that crowds would gather hoping to see the unearthly crucifix.

Rolling Apple

Location: Dublin - Jervis shopping centre
Type: Other
Date / Time: Circa November 2011
Further Comments: CCTV footage released on YouTube appears to show an apple falling from a fruit stall and rolling backwards and forwards on the floor, as if being pushed between two unseen figures.

Flying Brandy

Location: Dublin - John Mulligan's public house, Poolbeg Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s-2010s
Further Comments: One barman watched a bottle of brandy fly off the shelf, while other staff have reported knocking and footsteps in empty parts of the pub. A figure has also been reported walking by the bar when the pub is closed.

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