Friday, June 5, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 12: Dublin Ghost / History Walk: Skeletal Solider & Dracula- Part 1

Our guide at Christ Church door
Welcome to Part 12  of our Ireland trip blog. After touring the historic Boyne Valley we went back into downtown Dublin for a Ghost and Historic Walk through the city. You'll read about Dracula and the Skeletal soldier in this blog.

VERY SCARY BEFORE THE GHOST WALK! -  We think that one of the people we encountered before the ghost tour was more scary than the tour itself, because it was a young guy who was obnoxiously drunk and wanted to stir up trouble with our female tour guide. Fortunately, two plainclothes Garda (police) walked him away.


Photograph of Bram Stoker circa 1906
1) BRAM STOKER, CREATOR OF DRACULADid you know that Bram (Abraham) Stoker was a native-born Dubliner? He's the creator of the classic Gothic novel "Dracula" in 1897. The first film adaptation of Dracula was released in 1922 and was named Nosferatu.
    Our guide told us that he attended the church, and was influenced by it's appearance to develop "Dracula's castle" in his novel. We can see that- both are creepy!
   He was a sickly child and had blood transfusions in his youth, so we know what influenced his writing. Before he wrote Dracula he and his wife moved to London, where Stoker became acting manager and then business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre, London, a post he held for 27 years. He was born November 8, 1847  and  died April 20, 1912.
       For the horror fans, there's even an annual Bram Stoker Festival in Christ Church Cathedral. Google it.
Rob's illustration of the skeletal soldier in the church basement

2) THE SKELETAL SOLDIER IN THE BASEMENT - Our tour guide told us that in the basement of Christ Church a skeleton of a soldier was found holding a sword. She said that the skeleton was that of a man who held the rank of Lieutenant. It is assumed that he got lost in the passageways under the church. He was likely killed by rats that live in abundance in the passageways, and that he died holding his sword while trying to fend them off. While listening to the story, I (Rob) drew a quick sketch of the impression I got from the church building.

"Boo Ghost" was written on a wall in Dublin

NEXT: Ghost / History Walk in Downtown Dublin - Part 2: Handel's Messiah Debut, Haunted City Wall Gates

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next