When I lived at 8 City Wall in Kilkenny Ireland, the aparartment at #7 was empty for years. It was empty the first time that I moved in, at the New Year of 2003 and it was empty until just before I finally left, in the Summer of 2009.
Someone told me that somebody had lived there at some point during the year-and-a-half when I was in The Netherlands (summer '03 - end of '04,) but I don't know if that's reliable.
I do know that at no time during the five or so years that I was in 8 did anybody live in #7. One could not miss the presence of a neighbor with the two entrances arranged at close proximity and at right-angle allignment with each other.
There was a story about #7, which I heard from a neighbor who'd been there before I arrived. Supposedly, a former resident of the apartment, a male, was caught maintaining a recording device in the bathroom and taking video of a woman or women. He supposedly went to jail for it. I don't know if that's true.
In any case, I had to wonder what could have happened in the apartment that would keep it empty for so many years if anything at all. Its vacancy was conspicuous.
I wondered if there had been a murder there -- or a suicide; something horrendous, and spooky, that would prevent somebody from renting the place. But that didn't make sense. People forget, and landlords don't care about anything but money their money, not yours.
This was in the center of town the "heart of the city," in the words of Mr. Sean Kenny, an esteemed elderly neighbor. And, this was during the middle of the economic swirl of the so-called "Celtic Tiger," when the demand for housing was driving a frenzy any real-estate was worth a fortune.
A woman who used to live across town in an apartment upstairs from a friend of mine moved into 7 City Wall in the Summer of 2009 after the end of the economic boom.
There had been nothing wrong with the place. It needed repair, a few-thousand euro's worth, I'm sure. But it's a beautiful apartment, with a balcony that has total visual privacy and a fine view.
Seeing the place only deepened the unsolved mystery of its long vacancy.