Our Lady’s Asylum – Clare
Ok I am going to start off this post with a disclaimer. “I am not encouraging anyone to visit, I am just sharing my experience of visiting this place. I may or may not have gotten permission to enter the building, and it may or may not be private property. As with any adventure be sure to check with the owners of these places before entering, and make sure you wear sufficient head protection and safety googles where necessary. If entering somewhere haunted be sure to bring a ouija board for the craic”
(And on a serious note, I don’t mean to offend or disrespect anyone associated with the hospital)
A few of us took a trip to Clare to visit our Ladys Asylum a couple of months ago. You may have seen it on my Instagram story, there was a huge interest in the place so I said I would do a post on it. I heard about the place from a friend of a friend who lives near there, and when I heard abandoned and Asylum I was sold. It was around Halloween when we went there so we were up for some creepy exploring (And it didn’t disappoint) I love abandoned buildings and its something I photograph a lot. I haven’t shared that much of my work but trust me its on the way!
So we made our way to the very front of the building looking for a way in. We notice a side door open but I wanted to go in from the front.
The Door was locked so we went back to the side door and started exploring the place. The over all feeling walking down the first hall was cold, eerie, nervous, we were quiet and careful not knowing what to expect. (If anyone is a fan of American Horror Story you will love this place, Obviously its like the Asylum but also very similar to the House in the first Series.)
Our Ladys Asylum opened in 1868 and closed in 2002. I honestly couldn’t believe it was only closed such a short time time ago.When you see how much the building has deteriorated it seems like it was closed for a lot longer! As soon as you enter the building it feels like you are going back in time. Hallway after hallway with rooms all along the way down.
At the end of the hallway we found the kitchen and whats looks like the canteen.
As we climbed the stairs we discovered what must have been the living quarters or offices of perhaps the workers. There was a noticeable difference in he decor. The windows and stairs had a Grand and almost Georgian feel.
If the look of the building wasn’t creepy enough, there was plenty paraphernalia lying about to distract.
Just as we were about to leave we found the basement. Im not going to lie I was not up for heading down. It was a narrow dark stairs that went down and angled in another direction and went down again into almost pure darkness. Courtney (who was in crutches I might add) took off straight down the stairs so we followed her with the lights on our phones. At the bottom of the stairs there was a room which can only be described as a cell. (Think my imagination may have got the better of me) It was pitch black so I don’t have a photo. To the right there was 2 more rooms which I would imagine were for files or something.
Back up from the basement and we were ready to head home. On the way back we found the main entrance which was in the middle of the building. We knew at this point we were halfway there. It was certainly a grand entrance.
We made it to the side door again and stepped outside. We were just standing there breathing in the fresh air for the first time in a couple of hours waiting for everyone to head back to the car, Until Kian called out, He found a staircase that we hadn’t climbed apparently. We were sure that we had but we went up anyway just in case. He was right we had missed a side of the building completely. We passed Flooded rooms, Kitchens and what we now know is called St Patricks Ward. (Be sure to zoom in on the whiteboard)
Check out the view of church across the way! Reminds me of the church in The Omen!
There was a Kitchen on each floor and each floor looked identical so it was hard to actually know if you had seen it or not before.
And this was the last part we saw of the Asylum, St Patricks Ward! Like I said earlier zoom in on the whiteboard!
Like I said earlier I’m not recommending anyone to visit this place (I can’t be held responsible) HOWEVER!! If you do visit I would love to know what you though of the place so let me know below, Or snap me on Snapchat or Instagram 🙂
And thats it from The Asylum! It took just over 3 hours to walk around the whole building and I’m pretty sure there were parts we missed. Its on the Gort Road and you can drive right up to it. Even just to see the outside of the place its worth it!
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