Dublin, Ireland is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Dublin Castle. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Dating back to the 13th century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of the British administration in Ireland. Since the Viking invasion until the Easter Rebellion, Dublin Castle was the nerve center for battles, military strategy and the persecution of a nation. It has as a result been the site of atrocities and the spirits of those who met horrific and untimely deaths at enemy hands remain.
From the moment the castle was reinforced with stone walls by King John of England at the start of the 13th century, the heads of would-be conquering and invading forces were spiked onto it as a deterrent to potential enemies, the bodies left to rot beneath.
There is no doubt of the intensity of haunts within the wall of Dublin Castle is off the scale. Its dungeons were witness to some of the most heinous cases of torture and murder of Catholics for no other reach than their faith. Clergymen were subject to every unspeakable act of cruelty including their feet being lowered into vats of boiling oil.
Listen closely. You may hear moans and groans while touring the castle, which many say are the spirits that lurk within these spaces. In 1316, a convicted thief called Roger de Fynglas was sentenced to death by hanging, but for an unknown reason he was instead returned to a cell in Dublin Castle and condemned ‘there to stay without having food until he is dead’. He remains within the dungeon, dwelling on his actions and fate.
Another story tells of a poor widow who refused to renounce her faith, was left to die from starvation in a cell by the Mayor of Dublin, who happened to be her own son. Her heartbroken spirit left to cry in despair for eternity in her prison. Her heartbroken spirit was left to cry in despair for eternity in her prison.
When the Easter Rising took place in 1916, Commandant of the Dublin Brigade, James Connolly was seriously wounded. Captured, he was taken to Dublin Castle and kept for a week in a room now known as the James Connolly Room. Despite the wounds being mortal, James Connolly was dragged to Kilmainham Gaol where he was tied to a chair and executed by firing squad. His final days are imprinted firmly on the Castle and his presence is as much a part of Dublin Castle as the walls themselves.
Here you will hear the moans and cries of those that were tortured as residual hauntings that keep playing and playing over. You may hear the poor widow, or maybe Roger de Fynglas. Could James Connolly still be lurking in the hall where he was tortured?
Perhaps these moans come from another source. Do you think when they placed the heads of invaders were mounted on the castle’s walls (as trophies) or perhaps to deter other would-be assailants may create some spiritual havoc? Could the restless souls be looking for their decapitated corpses lie buried beneath the castle?
Regardless, according to tour guides, these souls are there, with or without their heads.
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