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County Dublin Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

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.

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.

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.

Nun

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.

Swift?

Location: Dublin - Phoenix Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been claimed that the ghost of Jonathan Swift haunts the park.

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.

Boyd's Dog

Location: Dublin - St Patrick's Cathedral
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Dog unknown, clergyman circa 1896
Further Comments: The ghost of a Newfoundland dog sometimes appears at the memorial of John McNeill Boyd - Boyd died rescuing sailors at risk of drowning, and his dog was said to have waited at his master's grave until the day it died. The incorporeal pet is also reported at Glasnevin Cemetery. A phantom clergyman was reported in Lady's Chapel, with one witness recognising the figure as a former resident.

Mary Masters

Location: Dublin - Shelbourne hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century onwards
Further Comments: Medium Sybil Leek said that she had met this young girl in Room 526, and that the youngster was looking for someone named Sophie. In 2015, the hotel claimed that guests would flee one particular room in terror.

Invaders

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 beneath the site. Sometimes their spirits are said to wander.

Woman

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.

Butcher

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.

Gammon

Location: Dublin - Widow Gammons Hill, Monkstown
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The widow Gammon is said to have informed Cromwell's men that monks were hiding in this area. After her death, the widow's ghost returned to the area, one witness claiming that the phantom had touched his neck, leaving a burn.

Corney

Location: Dublin - Unknown house near St Stephen's Green
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Further Comments: Most of Corney's antics resembled classic poltergeist activity (hiding crockery and cutlery, pinching people as they lay in bed), though he did manifest to a young boy who described him as a naked old man. The haunting became so well known locally that the owners had a very hard time trying to sell the house.

Lady Reid

Location: Dublin - Town house in Fitzwilliam Square
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom woman has terrorised many visitors to the house who have tried to spend the night in the guest bedroom.

Shadows

Location: Dublin - The Dublin Hellfire Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though not officially used for many years, visitors to the site at night report dancing shadows in and around the former hunting lodge.

Buck Whaley

Location: Dublin - St Stephen's Green, leading to Cuffe Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Pacing along the road, Whaley's shade is said to follow the well-travelled route he took while living

Jonathan Swift

Location: Dublin - St Patrick's Psychiatric Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The author of Gulliver's Travels has been seen many times since 1745, when the hospital which Swift championed finally opened.

Man in Tweeds

Location: Dublin - Sean Kavanaghs public house, aka The Gravediggers, Glasnevin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Man in 1970s, dog unknown
Further Comments: An elderly man dressed in an old fashioned set of tweeds was said to occasionally sit near the bar. A ghostly dog was also seen just outside the inn.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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