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County Dublin Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

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.

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.

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.


Location: Dublin - St Michan's Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The vault under this church contains thirty mummified bodies - people who have listened carefully in the room claim to have heard loud whispering.

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.


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 who was seen standing by the fireplace.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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