Wicklow is home to one of the most haunted places in Ireland, Glendalough Monastic Village Site. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Glendalough means glen of two lakes. These two lakes are surrounded by Medieval monastic ruins as early as the 6th century and were founded by Saint Kevin. He is given credit for being the first Monk to settle here.
The story of Glendalough begins with St. Kevin), a descendent of one of the ruling families of Leinster. After studying under three holy men, as a young man, he went to live at Glendalough "in the hollow of a tree."
He returned later with a small group of followers. After a life of sleeping on stones, wearing animal skins, barely eating and (according to legend) making friends with birds and animals, Kevin died in about 618.
Glendalough flourished for the next 600 years, with the deaths of abbots and various raids featuring heavily in the Irish Annals. By the 9th century, it rivaled Clonmacnoise as the leading monastic city of Ireland.
In its days of glory, the settlement included not only churches and monastic cells but also workshops, guesthouses, an infirmary, farm buildings, and houses. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries, including an old round tower, Saint Kevin's Kitchen, a cathedral, and of course, a cemetery.
There have been many reports of a ghost formed as a hooded black figure, which many suspect it is of Saint Kevin. There is another ghost, a woman dressed in red. She is known as Kathleen. It is said that St. Kevin beat and whipped her with nettles and threw her body into the lake. Her spirit is said to have been captured in many photos over the years.
There are also many ghost stories that have passed along about Glendalough. One group of overnight campers found themselves face to face to 6 figures dressed like monks.
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