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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel listed in 'top haunted' sites

The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne

a famous Dublin five-star hotel, the country's biggest cemetery and Paul McCartney's wedding venue have been named among the most haunted places in Ireland.

The Shelbourne hotel, Glasnevin Cemetery and Castle Leslie have all made it on to a list of the spookiest spots in the country.

The Hill of Tara and Kilmainham Jail were also noted for their paranormal activity on the catalogue of the country's ghostly haunts compiled by the Travel Channel.

Scotland may have the Loch Ness Monster, but Ireland is said to be home to a ghostly lady who appears on the Lady's Lake in Co. Cavan.

Hollywood actress Lily Collins told millions of TV viewers in America last year how she was haunted by the ghost of a seven-year-old girl while staying in the Shelbourne.

The daughter of Phil Collins was staying in the well-known hotel while filming the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones when she felt the presence of a giggling ghost.

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She told US chat show host Jimmy Fallon how she was later told stories about the ghost of a young girl, Mary Masters, who died of cholera in 1791.

There are 1.5 million people buried in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery but the most persistent spirit in the country's biggest graveyard is said to be a Newfoundland dog.

"When his master died, the faithful canine companion refused to leave the grave, eventually starving to death. The dog's apparition has been spotted at the tombstone," said the Travel Channel.

Wicklow Gaol was also named on the list with the 18th century prison a popular haunt for paranormal enthusiasts seeking out spirits.

Kilmainham Jail gets a nod thanks to reports of "bold gusts of wind, heavy footsteps, lights that turn on inexplicably", according to the Travel Channel.

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