This HALLOWEEN, let's visit St Michan's Church and Crypts in Church Street
Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin’s most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families, including the legendary Shears brothers and the highly decorated coffins of the Earl’s of Leitrim.
The exact date of construction is unknown though in their present form they may well date from the rebuilding of the church in 1685. The constant dry atmosphere has caused the mummification of the bodies and the preservation of the coffins.
Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the "Dracula" stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family.
In one vault can be seen the remains of the "Crusader" though in fact he is only 650 years dead. The early visitors to the vaults were responsible for many of the myths and legends surrounding the bodies, though modern scientific investigations have cast doubts on many of these stories.
Nevertheless, a visit to the Crypts to see the historic mummies is a remarkable experience. The tour guide is a true attraction himself!
The church is also quite interesting as it is the oldest church on Dublin's Northside
The crypts are very small so I am limiting the group size for this reason.
I have booked in our group for 12.00pm.
MEETING POINT: Beside the church entrance.
MEETING TIME: 11.45am
PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLIER because it's a big group and we all need to pay for our tickets before 12pm. I will also need to COUNT you to confirm the seats at the Third Space. So please be there EARLY.
***They told me that we will be split into 2 groups and alternate the visit to the church and to the crypts.
***Tickets: €4.00 per person for groups of 6 or more people.
Are there any students? They asked me and I said no, but I'm sure you can pay your student rate at the entrance on the day.
***After the visit, we can go to THIRD SPACE, a new eating place in the Smithfield Square. I have made a reservation for our group for about 12.50pm.
HOW TO GET TO ST. MICHAN'S CHURCH
- By LUAS: red line, FOUR COURTS Stop, walk passed the Garda Station towards the traffic lights in Church Street, then turn right and walk uphill (away from the Liffey). At the traffic lights, you will be able to see the church on the left-hand side.
- By Dublin bus: bus 83 stops just before the church
- By Dublinbike: there are 2 bike stations in the Smithfield Square, one near the Luas stop and the other one at the opposite side of the square, opposite the Maldron Hotel. There is also a bike station around the corner from the Four Courts Luas stop.
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