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County Dublin Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

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.

Buck Jones

Location: Dublin - Jones's Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Riding headless on the back of a white horse, this phantom is named as Buck Jones, former City Sheriff (though the man died in a debtor's prison).


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.

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.

An old postcard of Dublin Museum.

Nineteenth Century Soldier

Location: Dublin - National Museum of Ireland (was Collins Barracks)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Several entities are said to exist at this former barracks, including a black shadowy figure and a soldier in nineteenth century uniform. Truck drivers have reported seeing figures in Napoleonic era uniforms burying the dead in Croppy Park, while visiting tourists said that they had watched soldiers in First World War uniforms, believing them to be a re-enactment group. Screams, panicked horses and gunfire have also been heard coming from the area.

Dressing Room Rearranging

Location: Dublin - Olympia Theatre, Dame Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Doors and windows have been known to rattle violently in this theatre, and once a dressing room was virtually destroyed by an unknown presence, although it is more common to merely hear footsteps.

Sherwood Forester

Location: Dublin - Percy Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Sherwood Forest regiment suffered heavy losses during the Battle of Mount Street Bridge, just around the corner from Percy Place. The ghostly soldier seen standing on guard is believed to have participated in the fight.

An old postcard of Dublin's Phoenix Park.


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.

Smell and Smoke

Location: Dublin - Private flat, Camden Row
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth or early twenty-first century
Further Comments: A former occupier reported that a horrible smell would periodically come from a wall and a door would be heard slamming, although they could never figure out which door it was. The occupier's partner also encountered black smoke which took human form and started to insult her.

Rocking Woman

Location: Dublin - Private residence, Ballsbridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1960s
Further Comments: A phantom woman wearing nineteenth century clothing was observed knitting while sitting on a rocking chair. The witness initially mistook the ghost as a family member.


Location: Dublin - Private residence, Jobstown Estate, Tallaght district
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2006
Further Comments: A man awoke in a cold sweat at 03:30h, to an extremely loud high pitched wail which seemed to shift around his home. He rang his girlfriend, and she was able to clearly hear the sound. Two weeks later, they heard of a death in the family.


Location: Dublin - Private residence, Manor Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s and 1990s
Further Comments: A former occupant who grew up in the house said that one family member had seen a monk while the witness herself had seen her own doppelganger. Other strange activities included banging, voices, footsteps cold spots and the smell of tobacco.


Location: Dublin - Property close to Waterloo Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early / mid Twentieth century?
Further Comments: Elliot O'Donnell mentions that a property around this area was supposed to be haunted and cause depression in anyone who stayed in a particular room.

Chained Hound

Location: Dublin - Pussy's Leap, Templeogue area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early / mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The large black canine which walked his area created the sound of jangling chains with each step it took.

Lock Keeper

Location: Dublin - Rathmines Bridge, Portobello Harbour
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1861
Further Comments: The hostile phantom of a former lock keeper has been blamed for the deaths of seven people over the years - it takes the form of a blinding light which causes disorientation in witnesses, resulting in them falling into the waters below and drowning.

Woman with Stick

Location: Dublin - Residence in Walkinstown Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: The Irish Examiner reported that the Quinn's family house was haunted by an elderly woman. The phantom, moving around with the aid of a stick, was said to have been photographed.

Headless Horseman

Location: Dublin - Roper's Rest, leading to Love Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This decapitated figure rides along the road once darkness falls.

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.

An old postcard showing the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin.

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.


Location: Dublin - St Audoen's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: The church is said to be the haunt of lepers. The area outside the church is home to a green lady, reputed to be Darky Kelly, executed for killing her unborn child (or five men).

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