Ghost hunters have also identified an unnamed woman who used to clean the building and an anonymous electrician who used to work for the Opera House.
7. Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara, County Galway
Today, Renvyle House in Galway is a charming rural hotel, but its guests, including William Butler Yeats, have experienced frightening ghostly happenings within this charming home’s walls.
The hotel has an eventful history, having been burned to the ground by the IRA in the 1930s.
Before this, the famous Dublin surgeon and poet Oliver St. John Gogarty owned the property.
Several of Gogarty’s servants reported fearful “presences” in the home, and reported bedsheets inexplicably flying off beds and doors opening and closing on their own.
One night, Gogarty even experienced a ghostly presence himself.
The Irishman was woken up by heavy, limping footsteps along the hallway, slowly approaching his door. Gogarty lit a candle and went to investiage the strange noises, but as soon as he entered the corridor, the flame blew out and he was alone in the dark.
Gogarty said his limbs became heavy, as if he “were exercising with rubber ropes.”
The supernatural activity at Renvyle increased when Gogarty’s close friend Yeats and his wife Georgia came to stay.
Yeats and his companions were sitting in the library at the home, when the door suddenly creaked wide open. Though his friends were terrified, Yeats raised his hand and shouted, "Leave it alone, it will go away, as it came.” The door then slammed shut.
The Yeats later held a séance, in which a vapory mist appeared, and eventually assumed the form of a red-haired, pale-faced boy who looked to be about 14. "He had the solemn pallor of a tragedy beyond the endurance of a child," Georgia Yeats later said, and discovered that the boy was a member of the Blake family, who originally owned the house.
Renvyle House was soon after burnt to the ground by the IRA, but it was rebuilt, and ghosts are said to still roam its corridors today.
8. Grace Neill’s Bar, Donaghadee, County Down
Grace Neill’s in County Down is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland.
Built in 1611, the pub was originally known as “The King’s Arms,” but was renamed after Grace Neill, who ran the inn for many years until her death in 1918 at the age of 98. Neill was an Irish woman with a big personality, and liked to keep a watchful eye on things at the inn.
But Grace hasn’t let her death interfere with her work at the pub.
A ghost of an old woman in Victorian clothing has been spotted in dark corners of the inn, and her spirit can be seen at the front bar, straightening glasses and furniture and switching lights on and off.
A strange shuffling can often be heard coming from the second floor, and some have even felt an invisible “presence” pass through them while standing near the building’s staircase.
But patrons visiting Grace Neill’s have nothing to worry about – the former caretaker of the inn is as friendly as ghosts come!
Grace ran a welcoming establishment while she was alive, and continues to do so in her afterlife.
9. Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin
Many (if not all) castles in Ireland are said to have ghosts, but Malahide Castle in Dublin has an impressive five specters that roam its grounds.
The Talbot family built the castle in 1185, and owned it until 1975 – except for a 10-year period when Cromwell evicted the family and handed the property to a man named Miles Corbett, one of the five ghosts.
While occupying the castle, Corbett committed many atrocities, one of which was desecrating the chapel of the old abbey near the estate.
The Englishman was eventually hung, drawn and quartered for his crimes.
Every year, it’s said that Corbett’s ghost appears on the castle grounds. At first, the ghostly apparition appears to be a whole soldier in armor, but eventually he is said to fall into four pieces in front of your eyes.
One of the other more interesting ghosts of Malahide is the Talbot’s court jester during the 16th century named Puck.
Nobody was laughing, however, when Puck fell in love with one of Lady Elenora Fitzgerald’s noblewomen, who was staying at the castle.
Puck was found outside the castle walls one night stabbed through the hurt. Before he died, the jester swore to come back and haunt the castle.
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