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Children Playing In School Yard


This happened to me in the early 80s in Dublin Ireland where I am from. I used to often stay in a friends apartment about a mile from the city centre. The apartment was in an old building converted into apartments and he lived on the top floor. His bedroom was fairly big and had two beds he slept beside the window and when I stayed I slept in the bed beside the wall.

One summers night when I was staying there we had gone to bed around 3am and after chatting for a while we both drifted off to sleep, I woke up around 6am feeling restless as it was a hot summer and I was stuck to the bed with the humid heat so I sat on the bed and lit a cigarette. The window across the room was wide open and it was already bright outside, after a few minutes I heard the sound of lots of children laughing and singing. At first it seemed a bit distant then it grew louder around this point my friend woke up and I asked him if he could hear what I was hearing and he said he had often been woken by the same sounds and was used to it but he never told anyone. HE was looking out the window at this point so I went over and looked out as well and we were both listening to all this laughter and singing after about what seemed forever it all just faded away, so I asked him what he thought it was and he reckoned that he thought the school just behind his apartment building must be haunted as it was during the summer all the schools would be on holiday but there would be nobody there at that hour of the morning.

Anyway even though the school was an old building and was still used as a school I guess whatever ghostly happenings were taking place must of been something from a past event at the school. Even though it's a long time back since it happened I can still remember it as clear now as if it just happened.

Anyone with a similar experience...

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elmolover99 (3 posts)
12 years ago (2010-08-03)
Awesome story, Ilove it. Pleaseeeeeee can somebody read mine they are: " Unknown Man " and " Toilet Girl "
Flamex (8 stories) (8 posts)
12 years ago (2010-05-18)
Whereabouts in Dublin did this happen? I might be going into town tomorrow and want to check it out now:P:)
lioncat97 (2 stories) (67 posts)
12 years ago (2010-02-26)
I always have am expirience like that. If I'm alone at school or at home I hear and old pipe organ playing or an armonica playing. Even though one of those insruments were only played in the 1700s and the other in the 1920s I just listen to it now. It still creeps me out but what can I do?
sammie (28 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-22)
That sounds like a Residual Haunting. Did you or your friend ever see them? Maybe you could go back there at the time it usually happens and bring a recorder or a video camara and try to catch it on tape.
vulcan10 (5 stories) (332 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-21)
If you still live in the area, (and if your still living in ireland you have to be in the area), have you thought of going back to the same location and spending the night outdoors there? Just drifting in and out of sleep listening for the same sounds. You'd need to take someone with you who wouldn't freak and take off or ridicule your being there but would just be with you and try to experience it. That would be cool. Take a recording device of some type if you do.
KimCan (1 stories) (19 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-08)
Hi Moonshadow, I've had a similar experience. When I was very young (about 5) there were several occasions when I got up in the middle of the night to use the washroom and through the bathroom window heard the sound of small children playing outside. On each occasion they were laughing and calling to one another and it sounded like there were at least half a dozen of them. Our house was about a block away from a park and at the time I assumed that these were really lucky kids whose parents let them go to the park in the middle of the night! I told my parents about it and they told me the noise was probably caused by teenagers but I know that it was the sound of young, grade school aged kids.
moonshadow (3 stories) (146 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-08)
Hi tigerlily really like your screen name.
the only thing I know about the school is that it was formed as a school in 1830 by a nuns order its in gardiner st Dublin hope this might be of help to you. Take care peace be with you...
TigerLily (3 stories) (145 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-08)
How sweet. 😊
I haven't had a similar experience but I would love to know more about the school. Do you know the name of it, or where it was in Dublin? Do you know any of the history on it?

God Bless.
book_luver123 (227 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-08)
Do you know when the school was built? I would love to do some research on it.
princess123 (7 stories) (186 posts)
13 years ago (2009-09-07)
Wow that is a great story, I have heard something that is like that.

Princess123 x ❤

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