Christ Church Cathedral
Image from The Dublin Saturday Magazine, Vol. 1 No.10
Closely associated with Christ Church Cathedral and its environs, the Dolocher was a kind of demon who took the shape of a large black pig. The first record of the tale seems to have been in The Dublin Penny Journal of Nov 24th 1832, which recounts the story of how a notorious prisoner, called Olocher, escaped the scaffold by committing suicide. However, he appeared to return to his haunts around Cornmarket and Christ Church Cathedral in the shape of a large black pig. For a number of months the spectre terrorised females (Olocher had killed a number of women before his suicide) and killed the pigs who roamed the streets in olden times. The Dolocher, after a reign of terror, was eventually revealed to be a thief in disguise, but the tale remained a good way of frightening the young and sending shivers down the spines of those who wandered the small alleys around this part of the city. Christ Church itself has been the scene of sightings of ghostly hooded figures and the sound of mysterious noises from the crypt of this Cathedral which has been part of Dublin life since its foundation at the time of the King Sitric Silkbeard, around 1030.