Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, has said that the official residence in Dublin is haunted.
“Ghosts. I never believed in ghosts. Until I arrived here,” Vickers wrote recently on Facebook, according to a report by CTV News.
Glanmire House was built during the regency period and is the former home of an Irish revolutionary who was executed after the Easter Rising.
Vickers went on to give details of some of his ghostly encounters:
“A couple of weeks ago laying in my bed, I heard heavy footsteps coming up the stairs. And I could hear laboured breathing. I immediately went out to the hallway and nothing was there,” he wrote.
“I was sitting watching TV when all of a sudden I heard a heavy chain fall on the floor in the dining room. I immediately went there and there was nothing on the floor,” he continued
The former sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, who spent 29 years in the RCMP, believes the ghost may be that of Irish revolutionary Patrick Pearse—a former resident of Glanmire House. Pearse was executed in 1916 for his part in the Easter Uprising.
Coincidentally, Pearse wrote an essay on ‘ghosts’ a few months before his death.
The Canadian ambassador insisted he is happy to prove his claims:
“If anyone doubts the validity of this story, you are welcome to come and stay a night or two here. Just now I heard an unusual bang downstairs.”