These are pictures
of the Malahide Castle, Fingal Ireland (Outside of Dublin)
Malahide is a 12th century castle and one of Ireland’s
oldest. Malahide Castle is very unique in Ireland because
the Talbot family managed to keep control of the castle for
791 years. Malahide, which means "on the brow of the sea”,
is a village nine miles north of Dublin. The castle is close
to the village and is built on a small hill, which has a
view of the bay. Recent excavations in the area of Malahide
have revealed traces of a settlement historians are dating
back to 6000BC. I seriously doubt this because we have only
been able to date Egypt back to approx 4000BC. Anything
older has no writing system, only tools made from the
environment, and you can't carbon date rocks.
Malahide Castle was the seat of Lord Talbot de Malahide and
until 1973 was one of the oldest inhabited baronial castles
in Ireland. The Talbot family began their reign in 1185.
Except for a short interlude, 1649 to 1660, while Cromwell
marched through Ireland, the castle was home to Miles
Corbett. The lands and harbor of Malahide were granted to
Richard Talbot in 1185, one of the knights who arrived in
Ireland with King Henry II in 1174. The castle belonged to
the Talbot family from 1185 to 1976 when it was sold to
Dublin County Council. The last heir of the Talbot family
moved to Australia and sold the castle because she couldn't
afford the inheritance tax. About Ghosts, There are
multiple supernatural manifestations and apparitions
associated with Malahide Castle, but most are poorly
documented. Since Malahide is the oldest inhabited Castle in
Ireland, it has its fair share of specters.
structures and dazzling landscape
taken by Darren
Sir Walter Hussey
Galtrim, son of the Baron of Galtrim,was killed in
battle on his wedding day in the 15th Century.
Galtrim is said to wander the Castle at night
pointing to his spear wound and groaning. He is said
to haunt the Castle because his young bride married
his rival immediately after he had lost his life in
defense of her honor. While I believe his wife
married his rival, I doubt his spirit would come
back to the castle to haunt it since he died
elsewhere and his bride left.
Lady Maud Plunkett
chases her third husband, a Lord Chief Justice,
through the corridors of the Castle. Its said that
the Chief Justice himself only appears so Lady
Plunkett can chase him for afterlife exercise. I
guess even after death you still can pack on the
pounds. Nothing is said on how they died, I'm
guessing it was over exerstion.
Miles Corbett was the person to whom Cromwell gave
the Castle and property during during his military
campaign for the conquest of Ireland. Following the
demise of Cromwell, Miles was deprived of his
property and made to pay the penalty of the many
crimes he had committed during his occupancy, and
which included the desecration of the chapel near
the Castle. He was hanged, drawn and quartered. They
say that on the 19th April, the anniversary of
Corbet’s death, can be heard, if not seen, galloping
on his grey horse or as a perfectly whole soldier in
armor, but then falls into four pieces before your
A curious legend exists regarding the carved
chimneypiece in the Oak Room of the Castle. It is
sculptured to represent the ascent of the Coronation
of the Virgin. When Cromwell was in power in
Ireland, he put Miles Corbet in charge of Malahide
Castle. During his tenancy, the figure of the Virgin
disappeared from the carved chimney piece which
continued to remain blank until Corbet's departure.
Then the Virgin miraculously resumed her place in
the sculptured setting, where it may still be seen
In the 16th Century, the Talbots had a jester among
their ensemble of servants. One of these was a
jester named “Puck”. Other people state that Puck
was at one time, was the resident caretaker. He was
four foot tall and bearded.
As if it wasn't confusing enough there are multiple
stories of Puck's demise. One story has Puck in love
with a kinswoman of Lady Elenora Fitzgerald, who was
detained at the Castle by Henry VIII because of her
rebel tendencies. On a snowy December night the
jester was found close to the walls of the Castle
stabbed through the heart. Before he died he swore
an oath that he would haunt the Castle until a
master reigned who choose a bride from the people,
but would harm no one if a male Talbot slept under
A second story of Puck states that his main function
was to keep watch and sound the alarm in case of
attack and lived in a turret of the Castle, now
known as Puck's Staircase. He was somewhat of a
recluse and his food was to be left outside his door
each night at sundown. Every morning the empty trays
and plates, spotlessly clean, would be in the same
spot awaiting collection. Then, out of the blue, for
some unknown reason he hanged himself from the
Minstrel's Gallery, overlooking the Great Hall.
The story of his ghost is that his dwarfish figure
has appeared in photographs taken in the Great Hall
and even in external photographs of the Castle. On
the guided tour in the Dining Hall near the area of
Puck’s Staircase, the lady guide asks her visitors
to “please, stand aside, make way for Puck”.
I took a few pictures of the Dining Hall while I was
there, but I never saw Puck.
As a matter of fact, none of the many spirits said
to haunt Malahide made an appearance while I
visited. While this Castle has more than 800 years
of history, I seriously doubt its actually haunted.
To be on the safe side, I visited the gift shop and
bought a 4 leaf clover that came from the grounds.
No sense in taking chances upsetting the spirits,
should they really exist.