Ever heard moans and groans near the castle? Well they could be supernatural. 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 be dead’.
Abbey St. Dublin
The rattle of chains in the Abbey street area might be more than a bike thief! Abbey Street, Mary’s Street and Mary’s Abbey are all streets named after St Mary’s Cistercian Abbey which was located in this area through the later medieval period. In 1320 William Kedenor, a monk in the abbey went insane and murdered two fellow monks. Arrested and convicted of the crime, he was condemned to spend his life in chains imprisoned in the Abbey!
Four Courts Dublin
The pong off the river may actually be the ghost of Arnold le Poer’s decomposing body. In 1329 Le Poer died in Dublin Castle awaiting a trial for heresy. Due to this charge he was denied a burial. Instead his body was held in St. Saviour’s Dominican Priory (where the Four Courts stands today) for weeks before it was eventually buried.
The aromatic waft of takeaways on Dame Street might actually be the ghostly smell of roasting human flesh. At Easter 1328 Adam ‘Dubh’ O’Toole was burned at the stake, having been guilty of heresy. While most heresy charges were fantastical there is some evidence O’Toole may have been an actual heretic after denying the concept of the Holy Trinity and called Mary (the mother of Jesus Christ) a harlot!
These stories and much more feature in my upcoming book ‘Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, life In Medieval Ireland’ which will be released in coming weeks. Follow this blog on facebook
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