Words: Eva O’Beirne
Cursed, chaotic and uncomfortable.
The phrase “goblin mode” has been used on Twitter as early as 2009, with Google indicating that the term started to gain popularity this year in February and spiked after a headline with the phrase on an article about Julia Fox was published. “Just for the record. I have never used the term ‘goblin mode’,” Fox later clarified in an Instagram story.
On TikTok, #GoblinMode is used to describe pretty much anything you want, embodying chaos and mild weirdness. So naturally, we had to apply the phrase to some of Dublin’s most cursed places.
Honorable mention: Central Bank
RIP original Central Bank, RIP babycakes. You would have loved being described as having goblin energy.
The front of the Central Bank was very uncanny valley and unnaturally concrete. It was like someone forgot to finish that part of Dublin, and hence a void was born.
This place genuinely looks like something out of “Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids”.
Named the Eblana Theatre, it can fit 240 people and was originally intended to be used as a cinema for waiting passengers. Open from 1959 to 1995, the theatre has been closed for nearly thirty years.
Enough said, honestly.
Forgive us for the mythological association but it was too good to pass up on.
For some reason, this place also radiates pure Celtic Tiger energy, very chaotic indeed.
Mysterious bones anyone?
St Michan’s Church is situated behind Dublin’s Four Courts on Church Street, just around the corner from the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Originally founded in 1095 and is the oldest parish church on the north side of Dublin.
It contains a large pipe organ, which Handel is said to have played during the first-ever performance of his ‘Messiah’ but it also contains four mummies that are nearly 1,000 years old, as well as other remains that are on display. Cool.
Pure chaotic energy radiates from here.
If you don’t know what a “Freemason” or “Freemasonry” is, essentially it is a practice that dates back to the thirteenth century which currently operates as a type of gentleman’s club, where no women are allowed and membership was historically made of aristocrats.
Although somewhat classy, the very concept of this building is cursed.
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