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Visit to St. Michan's Church and its creepy Crypts

This HALLOWEEN, let's visit St Michan's Church and Crypts in Church Street

http://www.stmichans.com/index.php/the-crypts/visiting

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.

My phone number is[masked]

Sandra :)

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  • Karina

    Thanks Sandra. Really gotta hand it to ya on your organisational skills! Would have liked just a little more time actually inside the crypts but that was a mistake on behalf of the guide. I felt ge spent too much time in the church instead. Great lunch!!

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Karina

      Well you did a great job Sandra! As I said in my previous comment I have to hand it to you on your organisational ability. The comments of others reverberate this also. Well done! I also like the way you send out last minute emails to people on the wait list in the off chance that they may be available, perhaps live close by or whatever....and able to attend at short notice. It's how meetups ought to be organised and you deserve credit for this. There are never ever 100% attendence at any meetup and this should be an accepted fact by organisers, but some of them just dont appear to 'get' this!

      November 4, 2013

    • Karina

      Just in addition to that attendence runs more smoothly provided that everyone who has RSPVed and then cannot make it for whaterer reason, updates their RSPV to 'no' so that the next person on the queue gets the opportunity and so on.....People will always have to cancel at the last minute. It's just a fact of life!

      November 4, 2013

  • El

    Sorry about missing it- but due to late cancellations I only got the confirmation at 11.50 - pity would have loved to have gone

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Sandra P.

      Yeah, I know. I actually allowed a couple of extra people at that time. I chanced it and see if you could make it. No worries if you couldn't make it. I am aware it was very last minute.

      1 · November 2, 2013

    • Sandra P.

      well, I meant to say I did it at 11.10am

      November 4, 2013

  • Aisling B.

    Great morning all credit to Sandra for doing such a great job

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was great Sandra, thanks for organising. Lovely venue for the coffee afterwards too!

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • miralba f.

    It was def creepy :)

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • Frances C

    Sorry about missing today, I only got my email confirmation at 11.16

    November 2, 2013

    • Sandra P.

      Yeah, I know. I actually allowed a couple of extra people at that time. I chanced it and see if you could make it. No worries if you couldn't make it. I am aware it was very last minute.

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • John

    Excellent Thank you Sandra

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Bridget

    Creepiest thing I've ever seen!! Enjoyed lunch at Third Space.. great meeting new people!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Debora

    Thank you very Much Sandra was really interesting.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Karina

    It would be nice if the two people who have had to change their arrangements in the last forty minutes were to upadate their RSVPs as a matter of courtesy to all!

    November 2, 2013

    • siobhan

      Agsin karina i want to point out i am not disrespectful of others and was unaware thst the rsvp button needed to be pressed when cancelling.

      November 2, 2013

    • Karina

      Same on every meetup site. See El's comment about having liked to have come along.

      November 2, 2013

  • Frances C

    Sorry Sandra, i cannot make it today after all.

    November 2, 2013

  • siobhan

    Sorry have to cancel.

    November 2, 2013

  • Gerry F.

    Hi Sandra, Sorry I cant get this now. Have a great day.G

    November 2, 2013

  • james

    Hi Sandra, Unfortunilty with much regreat ,Im now unable to attend this great outing , this time , Im looking to meeting up soon at the next sober slice group meet up , Have a great outing everyone , n hoping ye dont get too scared, ha ha.

    November 2, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    Hello everyone, thanks for the updates you are sending me. I really appreciated. Thanks in name of this big group!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    Please check your emails. I have sent an important update to everyone on the official list and on the wait list (so that you already have the updated info in case you manage to move into the official list).

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    Hi everyone. Please remember to update your RSVP as soon as possible, in case of a cancellation, so that people on the wait list can have the time to receive a notification email and make plans accordingly. People on the wait list, please keep an eye on your emails between today and TOMORROW MORNING as places may become available at the last minute. People on the wait list with a guest, please note that you will only move up into the official list if 2 spaces become available at the same time. I suggest that you cancel your guest and, in case you move up into the official list, send me a message to remind me that you're also coming with 1 guest.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    People on the wait list: please update your status if you cannot make it even if you are on the wait list. Since there is a ranking order to get in after a cancellation from the official list, people on the wait list are actually holding a space that someone else could get!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Sandra P.

    I was able to extend the max number of participants because the Church staff said they can accommodate large groups. We will be split into 2 groups and alternate the visit to the church and the crypts.

    However, before I increase the number any further, I need to verify how many people I can book in at the Third Space. I will keep you posted. Please remember to update your RSVP if you cannot make it. With such a large number of people, a few no shows could cause inconvenience.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Katie

    I love creepy too! Lol. I on the waiting list but actually can't make it sat lunch so I might visit on Sunday in keeping with the Halloween spirit!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    October 30, 2013

  • miralba f.

    Hi Sandra, I'd love to come along, I'm curious to visit new places in Dublin and I love creepy ;)

    October 30, 2013

  • james

    Hi Sandra, This sounds great, Ive always been meaning to visit this place ,and this holloween time is very appt. Thanks for the invite, Im looking forward to the visit and meeting everyone for a chat . :)

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • siobhan

    Sounds interesing. Would love to come along.

    October 29, 2013

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