Although extended and no longer reminiscent of its earlier self, The Maldron Hotel Shandon building originally served as Cork’s first general hospital – the North Infirmary Hospital, which opened in 1720. It served as a hospital for 267 years and withstood periods of great conflict, at home and overseas. Thousands of people with varying needs passed through its doors for treatment, but not all of them were to make it out again – and some have remained long after the hospitals’ closure in 1987.
Now a well-regarded 4-star hotel, guests of the Maldron Hotel Shandon have experienced all manner of phenomena and it is believed that one room – room 325 – was even sealed off due to the intense activity that had reported in there.
The hotel gym is in the area once used as the hospital mortuary, and mirrors have been broken by unseen forces in this space. Equipment has also been known to malfunction in here, and in guest bedrooms where televisions have been known to turn themselves on. Noises have been heard emanating from empty guest rooms, and the forlorn spirit of a woman has been sighted in corridors and rooms, desperately begging for someone to help her. It is believed that this poor soul died during childbirth.
The following are extracts of comments posted about the hotel on TripAdvisor:
I stayed in room 317. 100% there was a figure in a wheelchair beside the bed, that was December 2020. The last two nights I stayed in room 529 and there were large shadows flying about the room. I checked reflections, widow, curtains, etc, and no explanation.
I stayed there on a tour on 1 September 2017. I had a ghost cat in my room. 2 or 3 other rooms had independent paranormal experiences. I am an engineer and do not believe in paranormal stuff but this makes me question my beliefs for the first time. We all had our windows looking out to the cemetery.
The window overlooked the cemetery, we saw a ghost at the wardrobe, a lady the height of the wardrobe wearing a beige dress with flowers and felt as if we were being watched all night. As well as our door not opening as if it was locked from the inside as the front light had turned green when we inserted the card but still not opening for a good 5 mins.
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