above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. those who don’t believe in magic will never find it - roald dahl
crooked, somewhat #haunted looking, half-timbered houses line the river and the old towns twisting alleys....reminding us of something out of Grimm. Yet there’s something magical about #strasbourg and it’s fine tightrope between France & Germany that makes you want to stay and see more!
Eglinton's Mental Asylum (a.k.a. Our Lady's Hospital), St. Kevin's unit.
This is St. Anne's younger brother, which has been built in 1893 as separate extension unit of the already existing facility and has been operating until 2002.
As I have mentioned in my previous article, the two units have been connected by a long underground corridor.
Even though the facade looks quite innocent comparing to St. Anne's, it is one of the most haunted places in Ireland. As far as I know, security watches this place on site 24/7 (if I'm wrong please let me know, it would make my life easier). The building condition is poor, that explains why the windows are blocked completely. The unit has experienced few arsonist attacks over the years, so it could be a bit tricky to get inside (however, it's safe enough if you have brain and common sense).
You probably wonder why all the photos are taken from a distance. The answer is simple, I could not physically get myself onto the site (fail). I approached it from all possible directions, angles and dimensions, even got attacked by a dog. No entry has been found. I hit a high fence every time. Some potential entry points would require crossing private property (like literally climbing through people's houses, garages, cars, probably even through people themselves etc), so that's not an option. Yet.
If anyone wanted to share their wisdom with me and show me the entrance to the perimeter, I would be thankful💰. If anyone showed me the entrance to the building itself, I would be twice as thankful 💰💰.
For now, Slán! 🇮🇪🍀
Eglinton's Mental Asylum (a.k.a. Our Lady's Hospital), St. Anne's unit.
Built in 1840s, the longest building in Ireland and one of the longest buildings in Europe.
St. Anne's is connected with St. Kevin's unit (separate building) by a ~1 mile length underground tunnel.
History of this psychiatric facility is quite depressing. According to historical sources, service of this institution was poor, basic needs of the patients were not satisfied. "Beds" were just mattresses lying directly on the floor. Facility was overcrowded, there was no fresh air inside the building due to lack of ventilation system. There were no toilet seats in the bathroom, no soap available. The floor was damp and dirty.
Such living conditions made the spread of infectious diseases very easy. Thus, many patients have died there.
I've been talking to security guards, who used to look after both (already abandoned) units around 10 years ago. Most of them didn't even want to speak about what was happening inside. However, some of them shared their experience. One guard used to sit in the car since start until the end of his shift and go inside the building only to use the bathroom. He said the taps in the bathroom would start running all at the same time.
Some security guards heard steps as if someone was walking down the stairs, but no one ever showed up. Some heard whispers, voices and screams.
There was one curious enough to take a walk around the church and cemetery. He took lots of pictures in order to show his friends what kind of place he was working at. At the end of the day more than half photos disappeared from his camera.
All these men were grown up tough lads and they were embarrassed to talk about what happened there. They said if someone else told them this story, they wouldn't ever believe it.
This place is my favourite ghost of Cork City.