Maynooth University and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth are full of wonderful spooky stories of ghosts sightings, meetings with the Devil and tales of treachery. For such a small place, it seems to be remarkably haunted!
Seven years ago, when I was a student there, I collected these stories and advertised a Walking Tour for interested students. I was floored when nearly 200 people showed up on a cold and misty October night to creep through darkened rooms and hear strange stories.
Every year since, I’ve made a trip to the alma mater to pass on these stories to the hundreds of people who followed me, and even compiled them as a book in order to preserve them (which can be found on Amazon).
This year, I’m living overseas, so I can’t make my Samhain pilgrimage; I decided that as a substitute, I’d create a digital alternative.
The most famous terrifying tale of Maynooth is undoubtedly its “Blood Room”, where a number of students in the seminary allegedly died under suspicious circumstances in the 1800s.
To this day the boarded-up window can be seen while walking around the campus. I tell this tale including some audio recorded on those tours in previous years, to give the listener a feel for the room:
More stories will follow, so if you want to keep up to date, you can follow iTunes or search “Ghost Stories of Maynooth College” wherever you get their podcasts.
From top: Eerie poster; from left: Peter Dunne, Liam Geraghty and Mags Mcauliffe
Liam Geraghty writesL
Morb presents a Halloween event like no other, Eerie is a haunted, haunting, audio ghost experience.
Beginning your journey at Smock Alley Theatre and ending god knows where, this weird walking tour of Dublin city centre is not for the faint hearted. Will you survive these blood-curdling tales collected for your dark delight?
Immerse yourself in the audio files of an occult investigator, as he chills you with ghastly stories and the horrific history of the city.
Part petrifying audio tour, part terrifying treasure hunt, prepare to tiptoe fearfully through the maze of nightmare streets, desperately searching for clues to unlock a dark mystery…
Tickets 7 euros.
Purchase from Smock Alley Theatre [link below]. Upon purchase, a downloadable link will be emailed to your smartphone. The starting point is Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street, Dublin 2. The show can be experienced at any time of day.
Elephants and rhinos at Dublin Zoo ahead of the zoo’s ‘Spooktacular Boo at The Zoo’ on Monday.
Cormac Coughlan, of Dublin Zoo, writes:
Dublin Zoo has announced a line-up of activities taking place next Monday, 31st October. From 12–4pm, visitors are invited to take part in an unmissable afternoon which will include a creepy animal trail, festive keeper talks as well as Halloween-themed arts and crafts!
Face painters will also be on hand to transform trick or treaters into friendly or scary Halloween characters for the annual monster-themed disco on the Great Lawn. What’s more, children who come to the Zoo dressed in costume get in for half price.