|Rob's sketch of the ghost who walks in Dromoland Castle|
There's no record of any ghost in Dromoland Castle. As we mentioned in the previous blog, the building we were in was built in 1835 (although we had no idea when it was constructed when we were there). What we did know, however, is that on the third floor, there was a woman who used to live there and never left. She was from the 1800s, and I made a sketch of her as she walked down the hallway. Of course, no one else could see her- but she was pretty clear to me.
|Photo of the hallway where the ghostly woman walked|
|Grand staircase down to the dining room|
WHO IS SHE? - My guess is that she is Charlotte O'Brien. The second Sir Edward O'Brien was the 4th Baronet who lived in the castle. Edward decided to rebuild the castle. In 1821, it was the birthplace of Edward's brother Robert's son, George O'Brien. Work began around 1822. Edward O'Brien chose their neo-gothic designs. The building was completed in 1835. Edward was married to Charlotte Smith and her inherited wealth was probably essential in covering construction costs of their new mansion. **Unfortunately, I can't find a photo of Charlotte on-line.**
I did learn that William Smith O' Brien urged the formation of a National Guard, and an armed rising was planned. A small group under O' Brien clashed with forty-six policemen at Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. that ended the rising of 1848 and sent William Smith O' Brien to prison for 5 years. He was freed and moved to Brussels.No mention of his wife, though.
From Ireland's Clare Library: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/people/smithob.htm
BELOW - THE VIDEO WE MADE OF THE HALLWAY WHERE THE GHOST WALKS BACK AND FORTH
NEXT: OUTSIDE VIDEO TOUR OF DROMOLAND CASTLE