10. Bodysnatchers' Watchtower in Glasnevin
Thankfully bodysnatching is a rare occurrence in Dublin today, but there was a time when it was all too common! To prohibit thieves and pesky anatomy students (looking for corpses to dissect!) from stealing bodies, watchtowers were built around Glasnevin Cemetery. From here, armed guards would keep a watchful eye over this, the final resting place of iconic Irish figures like Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Collins. Located beside the National Botanic Gardens, there are wonderful walking tours of Glasnevin Cemetery cemetery that are not to be missed!
11. St Valentine's remains
Finally, the most surprising oddity of all – Dublin is home to the relics of St. Valentine! Let us explain… The arrival of the great romancer’s remains came about when an Irish Carmelite named John Spratt visited Rome in 1835. A gifted preacher, Spratt was also setting up a church on Dublin’s Whitefriar Street. So successful was his sermon in Rome, he was gifted with the remains of St. Valentine by Pope Gregory XVI: because nothing says ‘thank you’ like a decaying corpse, right?! The following year, the remains arrived in Dublin, and astonishingly, went into storage until the 1950s. At that point, they were given a place of prominence with a a special altar and shrine to St. Valentine constructed in the Carmelite church on Whitefriar Street. Traditionally, couples visit the church and ask Valentine to watch over them in their lives together. Awww.