Dublin’s five-square-kilometer (three-square mile) slums, a sprawling cluster of abandoned buildings, are haunted by ghosts and spirits, with one woman’s claim that her home was once a slum, and other women recount their experiences with the ghostly presence of their past.
In the 1970s, a former tenant of the building that houses the Tenements Commission said she had seen a ghost on the balcony, and that her daughter had told her that “her father had gone mad.”
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said her father was in the habit of breaking into the building and beating people who dared to challenge him, often using a pair of scissors to make a cut into the head of a tenant.
She claimed that she was able to convince her father to leave the building, and the tenant had to leave after that, she said.
“He would just walk out and be gone for years,” she told Irish television.
Another woman said that she had once lived in a five-storey building that housed an orphanage.
When she was a young girl, she and a friend lived in the building.
Her friend’s mother had a small child and when she was pregnant, she decided to take the child to the hospital.
The woman said her friend was very ill and died from pneumonia.
The woman said she could hear voices, and her friend had told a nurse that she saw a ghost in the orphanage, who was wearing a yellow shirt.
When the woman asked her friend what the ghost was, she responded, “a lady in a yellow jacket.”
She said she also heard noises coming from the attic of the orphanages, including banging on the windows.
During the night, her friend said, she heard a woman who looked like a woman talking to herself.
One woman who lives in a building near the Slums Commission told Irish broadcaster RTE that when she lived in an apartment block that housed a local branch of the Irish Women’s Association, the ghosts of the women who lived there would come to the apartment building in the middle of the night.
RTE said that one woman who lived in this building claimed that at night she could see a woman with long hair, and she told her mother that she could not sleep at night because she was frightened.
Some residents of the slums said that they had heard voices in their apartments, and some said they were able to see ghosts in their rooms.
While there are some claims of ghosts in the slum buildings, it’s not the same as being haunted by a spirit.
A spokesperson for the Irish Department of the Environment said the buildings were still under construction and that no one was being allowed to come in to check on them.