7 Most Haunted Dublin Pubs

The most haunted Dublin pubs to visit

Because it is that time of the year, ‘Halloween’, fancy dress & parties we at Dublinevents decided to bring you our list of Dublin’s Most Haunted Pubs.

Brazen Head

Brazen Head Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Brazen Pub

The origin of The Brazen Head can be traced back to a coach house established in 1198, however it’s unsure how much of that original structure remains in place today.

Brazen Head Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Robert Emmet’s Execution

During the rebellion in 1803, Rebel leader Robert Emmett is said to have used the Brazen Head for meetings until he was executed in 1803. Many believes that his ghost is said to remain, still on the look out for enemies.

The Bull and Castle

Bull & Castle Inn Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Bull & Castle

The Bull and Castle, located in Lord Edward St Dublin (Formerly known as the Castle Inn), houses the ghost of poet James Clarence Mangan.

James Clarence Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: James Clarence Mangan, The poet James Clarence Mangan

Many visitors state that they experienced an unexpected, sudden drops of temperature inside. It is believed to be the presence of poet James Clarence Mangan, who was born at the site in 1803.

The Lord Edward

The Lord Edward Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Lord Edward Pub in Dublin

The Lord Edward in Christchurch Place, is one of Dublin’s oldest pub. The pub itself is named after Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who was the 5th son of the Duke of Leinster. Lord Edward Fitzgerald helped plan the Abortive Rebellion of 1798 in Dublin against the Crown. Lord Edward was arrested in his hiding place in nearby Thomas Street, prior to the rebellion.

The Lord Edward Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Lord Edward Arrests

In resisting of the arrest he was severely wounded, and later died of his wounds in Newgate Jail on the North side of the river Liffey. He was aged thirty-five at that time. His remains was buried in St. Werburgh’s Church across the road from the pub entrance. Many believed that his silhouette is seen around the pub still keeping a watchful eye.

The Portobello

Portobello Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: The Portobello Pub

The Bridge near Portobello in South Richmond Street Rathmines, is believed to be haunted by a hostile ghost of a lock-keeper, who drowned himself near the bridge after being sacked for drunkenness. The ghost was blamed for the deaths of a number of passengers on a horse-drawn bus which toppled into the canal on the 6th of April 1861. Many witnesses said that it takes the form of a blinding light which causes disorientation, resulting in them falling into the waters below and some died from drowning.

Darkey Kelly’s Pub

Darkey Kelly Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Darkey Kelly’s Pub

The Darkey Kelly’s Pub in Fishamble Street was named after Darkey Kelly known for the woman who was burned at the stake for witchcraft after she accused the notorious Sheriff of Dublin Simon Luttrell of fathering her baby. But In fact, she was executed in 1746 for the murders of at least five men whose bodies were found hidden in a brothel she owned in Dublin.

Darkey Kelly Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: Darkey Kelly’s Execution

Many visitors believe that her presence still lurks around the Darkey Kelly’s Pub. People complained of the feeling being watched, others hears loud noises and unexplained movements.

Davy Byrnes

Davy Byrnes Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: James Joyce & Davy Byrnes Pub

Davy Byrne’s Pub on South Anne’s Street is one of the oldest Pub in Dublin & it’s origin can be traced back to the 25th March, 1722. The Pub was heavily featured and made famous in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses and was also favorite of the man himself. People have claimed to see James Joyce reflection in the mirror on the main lounge of the bar.

John Kavanagh “Gravediggers”

Davy Byrnes Dublin's Most Haunted Pubs
Source: John Kavanagh’s “Gravediggers” Pub

Kavanagh’s Pub is probably the most scariest pub as it is close to the Glasnevin cemetery. The pub dating back to 1833 is named after its former landlord, John Kavanagh. The pub is commonly known to locals as the “Gravediggers”, due to its close location to the Prospect Cemetery. The pub is also famous for its resident ghost, an old man dressed in an old-fashioned tweed. Many have claimed that this old man is seen sitting at the bar and then all of sudden disappearing without a trace.

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