Dublin, a tragic city for entertainers, where lions maul their trainers and tightrope technicians plummet to their deaths. How many Ripper suspects were born there? And what were the facts of some of Ireland's most gruesome murder cases: The Ireland's Eye Tragedy; The Malahide Massacre; and the murder of nine-year-old John Delahunt in 1842? Teeth removed without effort! Tracheotomy performed without groan or cry! What other surgical feats and acts of clairvoyance were presented by the Mesmeric Association of Dublin? What did Victorian scientists learn from the unusual contours of Dean Swift's skull? And for what reason were hats sizes in nineteenth century Dublin larger than those in London? This miscellany of dark materials spans several centuries and shows the reader the strange, the occult, the lurid and the uncanny side of Dublin. From ghostly goings-on to scientific advances and 'miracle cures'; heinous murders and tragic suicides, Weird Dublin highlights a sense of The Fair City never before revealed.
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