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Thomas Beavis’ Visit to Loftus Hall

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In September 2014 a visitor taking the tour at Loftus Hall, Thomas Beavis, captured an image on his camera that shocked the nation. The 21 year old English tourist said he made the chilling discovery while flicking through photos on his camera with his friends after visiting the hall and was shocked to discover a ghostly figure that looked like a young girl as well as the head of an older woman in a window.
“We were all feeling a little edgy from the tour but when I showed the photo to my friends we freaked,” he said.
“I zoomed in on all the windows to find this girl in the window. I had to take some time before I showed it to everyone just because I didn’t really understand what I was looking at.”
The image went viral, sweeping across multiple media platforms much to the surprise of Thomas and Loftus Hall staff.

Now in 2016, our 666th anniversary year, we decided to bring back the man behind the lens as our 666th paranormal lockdown guest. Thomas was delighted with the invitation and was flown over from London to return once again to Loftus Hall, perhaps this time to have an encounter with a spirit as opposed to capturing one on film. He arrived at the Hall with an eager grin and an aura of excitement.

“Although I wouldn’t say I’m a sceptic, I do like to find logical explanations for the unknown. I’m going in here with an open mind but I’m hoping I will be able to find one of these elusive explanations that every sceptic is looking for.” Thomas admitted before entering Loftus Hall.

The lockdown starts at 8.30pm and goes on to 3.30am so I decided to leave Thomas to his night letting him get the full experience and caught up with him the following day to reflect on the lockdown. The eager face was now more pensive, as though there were more questions than answers on his mind. I asked him if he managed to find the explanations he was looking for. “There are some things you just can’t explain such as the feelings you get or changes you experience.” he responded.

On speaking about a room on the 3rd floor Thomas stated: “Everyone in it experienced something, the way this room would darken when the group felt there was a presence walking around was creepy to say the least and when the paranormal investigator was talking to a presence and asking it questions, nobody could deny it was answering through flashes on the EMF reader, this was enough to warrant two hot cups of tea before the next room.”

After spending an hour in one room the small groups return to the reception/cafe for tea, coffee and biscuits before rotating on to the next room. This is an opportunity to discuss experiences that they may have had. Thomas got temporary relief in these moments and confided that; “It was always good to voice your concern/experience and know someone else saw it too… otherwise you’re just crazy.” The tea seemed to have kept him going as he admitted at one point he was ready to bolt like a horse, but was adamant to see the night through to the end.

I asked him what experience stood out to him the most. With a look of confusion and a nervous laugh he described a strange experience that took place in the card room. “A presence in the room made a woman in our group’s finger shake so much her ring fell off. Now, I was next to this woman and I’ve tried to make my finger shake like that but it’s impossible. You just can’t shake your ring finger without moving at least one other, It’s like something was just pulling on her finger and she couldn’t explain how it happened… nobody could!” He finished his tale and looked at me baffled, unfortunately, as is often the case with Loftus Hall, I had no answers for him.

Loftus Hall brings about supernatural, spiritual, psychological, and philosophical questions. It’s a constant mystery, a historical wonder with endless stories and new ones always being created. For people like Thomas, it leaves them wanting more, and for others it’s a place too full of the unknown to return. Thomas finished our interview by saying he’s eager to return, like so many others he’s created a connection with the house and possibly it with him.

Into the Darkness – My Lockdown Experience

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I glanced out the window from behind reception, people were already waiting before the locked doors in anticipation for the lockdown to commence. The evening was mild but the sea breeze curled its tendrils around Loftus Hall – there was always a low howling wind around the house with the exception of the walled gardens which gives a safe shelter from the elements.

The reception area was in a frenzied preparation, a mixture of Loftus Hall staff setting up the lobby and the PRI team whizzing around setting up machines and checking their gear. I held the safety briefing sheet in my hand after being informed that tonight I would be giving my first briefing – worried that I didn’t have the ‘swag’ of my colleague, Anne, my hands were shaking a little more than I’d like to admit. Perhaps this was also a result of being told that tonight I would be sitting in on my first lockdown. I work in the most haunted house in Ireland, but I’m a total wuss. I run to the bathroom at night and dive back into bed before ‘something’ gets me and practically scream when I hear the word ‘poltergeist’. However, I decide to be brave and as I had worked all day and would be working again the next I committed to sitting in on only the first hour of the lockdown.

At 8pm we let our guests in, the first 30 going on a brief tour of the house whilst the rest had their safety briefing and visa versa. As with our Friday 13th lockdown the introduction is mostly about respect – a house so old and haunted both deserves and needs the utmost respect but I had a feeling that this group were going to be amazing guests. There was a feeling of community and open-mindedness that radiated from everyone, tonight Loftus Hall was everyone’s home.

For those of you who follow our blog and have read my previous post, you’d know that I have already had an experience at Loftus Hall during a daytime walk-around but I didn’t know what to expect tonight. As I followed Gavin and the 13 other people in group B I tried to calm the nerves that were creeping their way into my mind. This part I had only ever seen through the CCTV cameras behind reception – the infrared cameras always gave a false sense of brightness and security.
There was some nervous chatter as we walked to the Morning Room, Gavin was encouraging everyone to stay positive, cracking a few jokes now and then, it worked and the group seemed excited as opposed to anxious – I wondered if I was the most terrified person in the group.

We entered the Morning Room, ushered into a circle by Gavin. A china doll stood on the floor underneath the window, Gavin informed us that this doll was not from Loftus Hall but was a haunted doll that he had brought here. I tried to get the Chuckie image out of my head and regretted thinking that it was a great idea to watch that movie last Halloween. A sensor was then placed in front of the doll and a device that showed a change in temperature sat on the windowsill above her head. The red numbers were visible in the dark room, steady and unchanging – for now.

Gavin suggested that we do a grounding exercise to protect us from any dark spirits – I liked the sound of this. We imagined roots growing from our feet down into the centre of the earth, wrapping around the earth’s core and sucking light and protection up from the hot, glowing substance in the middle. This actually made me feel a lot safer and my heart rate went back to normal

Three Ouija boards were in the room – one at the feet of the doll, the other two on the table along with other various objects with a connection to the hall from multiple eras. Shadows graced the walls and flickered, changing with the torchlight. We were told to stand in a circle and hold hands and though I’m usually a cold person I began to sweat – my body temperature rising despite the freezing room. I anxiously wiped my hands, embarrassed, and held the freezing hands of the men on either side of me. When Gavin turned the torch off the grasp of the man to my left tightened around mine, I guess I wasn’t the only one who was afraid. I went back to imaging those roots growing from my feet and tried to form a protective bubble of light around myself like a superhero.

We tried communicating by asking questions into the darkness, trying to get a response. We sang children’s songs to try to create an energy that a spirit would be able to feed off. 14 adults singing into the darkness, hands clasped together while one man asked questions to the unknown was one of the most eerie and bazar experience that I’ve ever had.
As the singing continued I began to feel sick and slightly faint, anxiety perhaps? My body complaining about the tension I was putting it through? I took deep breathes to calm myself even though I could feel strange, very slight things happening to my body, one of which was a warm spot on the back of my neck, like somebody poking it softly. The hairs on my arms stood on end and I wished that I wasn’t holding hands so I could pull the sleeves of my jumper down – I hated my skin being exposed in the dark.

When a young man in the group made an uncomfortable noise we broke the circle and Gavin shone the torch on him, like me, he was burning up and feeling sick, though I didn’t have the guts to say so, after all, I was Loftus Hall staff and I didn’t want people thinking I was being dramatic. I remained quiet and watched him being brought back out to the cafe for a breather. We got back into the circle. “If there is anyone here can you raise a hand in the circle” , Gavin called out. “There’s someone in the circle!” a woman to my right gasped. I froze, staring into the black centre of the circle. There were murmurs of agreement, I closed my eyes, if there was someone there I didn’t know if I wanted to see. Gavin asked us to break the chain and raise our hands flat in front of us, reaching towards the centre of the circle. I could feel a bright hot tingling on the palms of my hands like an electric current. “Oh god” I thought, something was happening to me, though I couldn’t describe what. I felt my fingers curl down, almost into a fist. Panicking I straightened them out again but once more they curled beyond my control as if someone else’s hands were doing it, touching my own. “I can’t!” I called out. I don’t know why those where the words that I chose. The torch came on and a concerned Gavin came over to me. “You can’t what?” he enquired. I mumbled something, confused, “I don’t know”, I sobbed, surprised to find myself crying.

Now it was my turn to be taken out of the Morning Room, I joined my comrade in reception and drank some water, unable to comprehend what had just happened. Once the nausea went away I returned to the Morning Room with my recovered friend. When we returned we found our group using an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) machine – apparently they had made contact with a spirit called Teresa. The white noise of the machine echoed around the room, bouncing off the walls and into our ears. “Were you a nun here?” one lady asked, a distinct “No” was heard by all, loud and clear. I thought of my uncle who had recently passed away, I wondered if he was here with me now, trying to say hello. A huge part of me wanted to hear his voice – the other didn’t, hoping he was somewhere beyond this life. I wondered if others were having the same thoughts, half hoping to hear the voice of loved ones. Poor Teresa.

The room seemed to get darker, some noted a heavy, ominous feeling coming from the China doll. The temperature gauge dropped and began flitting up and down above the China Doll’s head. I could feel the tension amongst the group, I had a strong feeling that something was laughing at us, and not in a nice way. At this point I just wanted to get out and away from that doll. When the walkie talkie bleeped, notifying us of our time being up I think everyone was relieved. I took one glance behind as I left the room wondering who or what had been there and mainly, why?

The lockdown, as well as being a supernatural and paranormal experience, really gets you thinking in a philosophical way – this was something that I didn’t expect. As I drove my 40 minutes home in the dark I found myself thinking of life beyond ours (as well as trying my hardest to avoid looking in the rearview mirror in case I saw something in my back seat). I also feel like it made me braver, more able to face that long and dark corridor to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Perhaps this was because I now found myself grounded or perhaps I’m still as much as a wuss as I always was, just a little more enlightened than before.

 

R. Reddin

ACCESS ALL AREAS – LOFTUS HALL

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BEYOND CLOSED DOORS...

As a newbie in Loftus Hall, I’d never actually been around the whole building. I’ve taken the tour, of course, and the Legend of Loftus Hall was ingrained into me as a child as my family parked at the top of the driveway and peeked through the gates at the most haunted house in Ireland.

In the reception you’re surrounded by new surroundings, a fantastic view of the sea and the beautiful walled gardens. It’s easy to forget that beyond the bright Tour Start door there waits a dark and shadowy haunted mansion.

Tours currently don’t go upstairs, the weak floors can’t hold large groups and the constant flow of people that venture through the house in the busy seasons would be too much for the 666 year old house to handle. Our Paranormal Lockdowns do venture upstairs but a whole house walk around is a rare occurrence. However, for the benefit of our blog, I’ve been granted access around the house and will bring my findings to you, our loyal Loftus Hall fans and supernatural supporters.

Anne, one of Loftus Hall’s longest-standing members of staff, appointed herself as my personal guide. As she pulled open the doors the cool interior of the house wafted over me, I was immediately creeped out. As the windows are boarded up the house is very dark, even on the sunniest of days. This was a very different experience from the tour which had the security of a group and the buzz of friendly voices – today the silence of the house echoed throughout the corridors. Often silence can be a looming and foreboding sound.

Each of our footsteps rang around the house, a part of me feared that they were being listened to and the feeling of being watched had me constantly looking over my shoulder. I stuck close to Anne, if she was afraid she was hiding it well – I don’t know if I could ever get used to walking around this house, I practically sprint to the office at the end of the day, fumbling fearfully for lights, always expecting something to appear out of the darkness.

We started with the ground floor, walking along the old servants corridor where the servants would have been able to tend to their duties out of sight. The tattered wallpaper hung from the walls, curling down to reveal chipped paint and gathered cobwebs. A catacomb-style pantry hid behind one of the doors along the corridor, the walls whitewashed and cold to prevent bacteria spreading from the food that was once kept there.

We progressed further down the corridor, turning into another door that led to the main staircase, a wooden beauty that caused me to forget momentarily that I was afraid. These stairs seemed to ignore the dilapidation that the house went through. I remembered from the tour that this staircase had two sisters, one resided in the vatican and the other at the bottom of the ocean aboard the RMS Titanic. I could almost imagine Jack waiting for Rose and wished Leonardo Di Caprio was here now – perhaps these stairs could entice him to visit!

Anne beckoned me to follow her up the mahogany steps, pulling me out of my wishful thinking. We passed a crucifix that is reported to move from time to time and paused on the landing to look at the stained glass windows, the glass was one inch thick and hand painted, the impressive panes gleaned in the sunlight though it failed to warm the freezing house. At this stage my hands and feet were almost numb with the cold and as Anne was showing me the tapestries that hung from the landing I felt like wrapping myself up in them for warmth (despite the beauty of their finely woven cloth).
We went through another door, I noticed the intricate details on the door frame as we did so, the woodwork here is sublime and it saddened me to see the black tags of graffiti artists scrawled across the walls and doors. During the period when Loftus Hall was vacant the house saw a lot of trespassers, it is believed that rituals and seances were carried out by various intruders – more than likely heightening any existing spiritual activity that would have already been here.

A time forgotten.

A Forgotten Time.

Anne and I progressed through the upper floor which would have been the family quarters. There were no lights here, even torch lights seemed to be swallowed up by the darkness. I panicked as my torch refused to work for a moment – the first time I’ve ever experienced this with an iPhone! I decided to ignore this once it came back on and refused to listen to the part of me that wanted to cry like a child. Instead I focussed on the old items of furniture that remained, placed sparsely in various rooms. “Oh, that’s moved again”, Anne mused to herself, straightening a mirror without a fear in the world and continuing on her path – this seemed to be a regular thing at Loftus Hall. Things move of their own accord… I looked back at the mirror as we walked away, it remained still to my relief.

We continued on going from room to room, Anne talking me through the history and me listening with as much attention as I could muster. 50% of me was keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary which I was prepared to run from. Eventually we ended up at the back staircase which we had initially passed on the servant’s corridor. Anne unclasped the blue velvet rope that blocked the stairway. As we travelled up these steps I was hit with a completely different feeling from the other side of the house. Here it was narrow and darker somehow. The walls had a blackness to them beneath whatever wallpaper still clung to the walls. I stepped over a cross inlayed into the staircase floor, marking the death of a nun who fell here and shivered as I did so.

Upon reaching the top step a long and dark corridor waited before us, narrow and daunting. I remembered this corridor from the TV show, Ghost Adventures, and dreaded walking down it. Anne pointed out the rooms that had the most activity along the way. When we reached a room at the end of yet another narrow corridor, Anne told me the experiences of people who felt the presence of a child-like spirit that haunted the room that we stood in. As she was telling me stories of hair being tugged or legs being tickled I suddenly felt the back of my right knee being pushed causing my leg to bend and my balance to go. My heart dropped and pounded at the same time. I straightened my knee again and felt the same pushing – this happened 4 times in total. “Anne my knee is being pushed!” I stated in horror, Anne nodded, amused and interested but not shocked and horrified like I expected her to be. I’d have to get used to the unexpected and mysterious things that this eerie house has to offer.

As we made our way back to reception I thanked Anne and under my breath said a quick thank you to the house, wary of having the utmost respect when dealing with Loftus Hall.

 

R. Reddin

LOCKED IN LOFTUS HALL – FRIDAY 13th PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN

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FRIDAY 13th LOCKDOWN TEAM - PHOTO BY STEVE MEYLER

FRIDAY 13th LOCKDOWN TEAM – TAKEN BY STEVE MEYLER

On Friday 13th Loftus Hall held its first live webcast of a Paranormal Lockdown. The hot and sunny day took a spooky turn once the sun set and the spirits came out to play.
The Paranormal Lockdown team consisted of our leading paranormal investigators, Paranormal Researchers Ireland (PRI), independent investigators, psychics, skeptics and six members of the public who won their places in our Facebook competition held the week before the event.

Our ‘lucky’ winners were mostly excited yet one or two nervously eyed the eerie house as they waited for the lockdown to commence. “I’m a little scared”, admitted a nervous Aisling Power.
PRI on the other hand, held their composure as they entered the most haunted house in Ireland, it’s clear that these guys are well used to dealing with the supernatural. I asked Patrick, an independent paranormal investigator if he had any advice for dealing with nerves before a paranormal lockdown, he reassured me that it’s ok to be nervous and insisted that “You’d be mad not to be nervous when you’re dealing with the paranormal”.

As the hour creeped closer to 10pm PRI began to brief the lockdown team for the event, the topic weighed heavily on respect, in order to ensure ones’ safety it’s essential to respect the house and the spirits that reside there.

At 10pm the house doors opened for our lockdown team to enter, some looked back in horror before the doors were closed behind them leaving them in complete darkness. They could now only be seen through the infrared cameras and the world was now watching the fate of these individuals. Events like these are always a mystery, anything could happen and there is always a sense of anxiousness in a house such as Loftus Hall. Though run by proprietor, Aidan Quigley, Loftus Hall is owned by the spirits that never left.

Dealing with spirits is always a waiting game, our team breaks up into 6 groups, each in a different room, attempting communication by calling out to any beings that might be listening. Bangs, tapping, temperature drops and feelings of being touched intensified as midnight approached. Ann O’Regan, writer and paranormal enthusiast, admitted that “many of these things can be accounted for logically but sometimes things happen that you just can’t debunk”. Chris Rush of PRI and horror author informed me that his group had heard tapping on request, “when you get a response from a spirit it’s just thrilling”, he gushed, his excitement was infectious and as always I found myself in awe of Loftus Hall.

11pm came and one of our competition winners, Lindsay Gardner, had a frightening experience and had to be quickly removed from the Tapestry Room. After she had a quick breather I approached her to find out what happened. She told me how the group had tried to communicate with the spirit of the small infant who is believed to haunt the room. As they held hands in a circle and sung Ring-a-ring-a-Rosy Lindsay felt a dragging sensation in her stomach, a strong pressure upon her chest and a sudden sadness that she couldn’t express.
“I’ve been told that I’m sensitive to the supernatural”, she confessed, tears in her eyes as she cupped her tea in reception. “I’m going back in though”, she added with a determination that surprised me. Sometimes when people get a fright like this they avoid returning inside Loftus Hall. She finished her tea and walked bravely back into the darkness.

12am came and went and the morning hours were truly upon Loftus Hall. At one point a loud, harsh voice came through the walkie talkies; “ATTENTION!”, it demanded. I jumped behind reception, quickly grabbing the walkie talkie and confirming with the lockdown team that it didn’t come from them. A part of me already knew that it didn’t. The mysterious voice was unknown, a spirit trying desperately to communicate perhaps? When the team regrouped in reception they were buzzing with excitement. The skeptics didn’t seem so skeptical anymore and founder of PRI, Tina Barcoe, confirmed that the skeptics will be returning to the next lockdown. This is what they came here for – horror, mystery, excitement and above all a true sense of the supernatural. When you enter Loftus Hall, especially at night, it’s like entering into a paranormal dimension, only do if you dare…

R. Reddin

666th Anniversary unveils exciting programme of events at Loftus Hall

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Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 666 years and 2016 sees Ireland’s most haunted house reveal an exciting and eclectic programme of six events for families, tourists, historians, horticulturists and paranormal enthusiasts.

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Aidan Quigley, Proprietor of Loftus Hall, and G-Host Mrs. Bennett taken by Patrick Browne 1st March 2016

On Tuesday, March 1st, proprietor of Loftus Hall, Aidan Quigley, unveiled the new programme of Loftus Hall’s 666th Anniversary year events, including an incremental restorative walled garden project launch, the opening of a new interactive Visitors Centre and the Raymond Le Gros Norman Festival.

According to Aidan Quigley, this is a very exciting time for Loftus Hall.  Aidan and his family purchased the Hall in 2011 and ever since have been working on reviving and consolidating it as a unique tourist destination.

03/03/2016. 666th Anniversary unveils exciting programme of events at Loftus Hall. Pictured with Mrs Bennett of Loftus Hall are from Michael D'Arcy Three Sisters 2020 bid, Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall, Rosemary Grant, Ann Marie Laffan, Emma Haran and Sara Zabaco of the Three Sisters 2020 bid. Picture: Patrick Browne Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 666 years and 2016 sees Ireland’s most haunted house reveal an exciting and eclectic programme of six events for families, tourists, historians, horticulturists and paranormal enthusiasts. On Tuesday, March 1st, proprietor of Loftus Hall, Aidan Quigley, unveiled the new programme of Loftus Hall’s 666th Anniversary year events, including an incremental restorative walled garden project launch, the opening of a new interactive Visitors Centre and the Raymond Le Gros Norman Festival. According to Aidan Quigley, this is a very exciting time for Loftus Hall.  Aidan and his family purchased the Hall in 2011 and ever since have been working on reviving and consolidating it as a unique tourist destination. “We didn’t have a blank canvas, as such, to work with when we purchased Loftus Hall, as it came with over 600 years of history, intrigue and some rather unexplained spectral phenomenon.  However, we were determined to make the Hall’s 666th year rather special with a broad appeal to people of all ages and interests.” Whilst Loftus Hall has provided hugely successful house tours and paranormal investigation lockdowns, particularly popular at Halloween, Aidan and his team are determined to showcase the other elements of the Hall. “The gardens and grounds of the Hall are hugely significant.  In the 17th century Henry Loftus took great care in enclosing the gardens to preserve newly planted fruit trees with high stone walls.  We plan to progressively restore the five-acre garden in the spirit of the period and aim to plant

01/03/2016. 666th Anniversary unveils exciting programme of events at Loftus Hall. Pictured with Mrs Bennett of Loftus Hall are from Michael D’Arcy Three Sisters 2020 bid, Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall, Rosemary Grant, Ann Marie Laffan, Emma Haran and Sara Zabaco of the Three Sisters 2020 bid. Picture: Patrick Browne.

“The gardens and grounds of the Hall are hugely significant.  In the 17th century Henry Loftus took great care in enclosing the gardens to preserve newly planted fruit trees with high stone walls.  We plan to progressively restore the five-acre garden in the spirit of the period and aim to plant trees, flowers and shrubs that would have been available to Henry Loftus in the 17th century.  Fortunately, the walls are in a reasonable state of repair and some of the original garden ornaments remain on the property.”

Mr. Quigley also revealed the plans for the new Visitor Centre which will open to the public on June 6th.  The new centre will give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the fascinating heritage of Loftus Hall.  A historical timeline will chart key moments in the hall’s history, such as the invasion by Norman knight Raymond Le Gros, the Redmonds’ Cromwellian battle, and the 4th Marquess of Ely’s extensive renovations in anticipation of a visit by Queen Victoria.

Aidan, who is currently in his final year of a Conservation and Restoration Diploma, is focused on broadening the historical appeal of the area and is working closely with Wexford County Council, The Three Sisters Bid Team and Failte Ireland’s Ireland’s Ancient East initiative to showcase the culture and appeal of Wexford.

“Wexford has a rich and varied offering, it’s coastal and rugged, lush and beautiful, historical and contemporary. By working together with local authorities, tourism providers and neighbouring counties, Wexford and the south east has the potential to become the go-to tourist destination for national and overseas visitors.”

03/03/2016. 666th Anniversary unveils exciting programme of events at Loftus Hall. Pictured with Mrs Bennett of Loftus Hall are from left Orla Woods and Eimear Whittle of Failte Ireland with Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall. Picture: Patrick Browne Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 666 years and 2016 sees Ireland’s most haunted house reveal an exciting and eclectic programme of six events for families, tourists, historians, horticulturists and paranormal enthusiasts. On Tuesday, March 1st, proprietor of Loftus Hall, Aidan Quigley, unveiled the new programme of Loftus Hall’s 666th Anniversary year events, including an incremental restorative walled garden project launch, the opening of a new interactive Visitors Centre and the Raymond Le Gros Norman Festival. According to Aidan Quigley, this is a very exciting time for Loftus Hall.  Aidan and his family purchased the Hall in 2011 and ever since have been working on reviving and consolidating it as a unique tourist destination. “We didn’t have a blank canvas, as such, to work with when we purchased Loftus Hall, as it came with over 600 years of history, intrigue and some rather unexplained spectral phenomenon.  However, we were determined to make the Hall’s 666th year rather special with a broad appeal to people of all ages and interests.” Whilst Loftus Hall has provided hugely successful house tours and paranormal investigation lockdowns, particularly popular at Halloween, Aidan and his team are determined to showcase the other elements of the Hall. “The gardens and grounds of the Hall are hugely significant.  In the 17th century Henry Loftus took great care in enclosing the gardens to preserve newly planted fruit trees with high stone walls.  We plan to progressively restore the five-acre garden in the spirit of the period and aim to plant trees, flowers and shrubs that would have been available to Henry Loftus

01/03/2016. 666th Anniversary unveils exciting programme of events at Loftus Hall. Pictured with Mrs Bennett of Loftus Hall are from left Orla Woods and Eimear Whittle of Failte Ireland with Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall. Picture: Patrick Browne

“If we, collectively, can offer an experience that is unique, exciting, fresh and appealing, the region is destined to flourish.”

The six new events taking place in Loftus Hall during its 666th year are the walled garden project launch (March 19th to April 3rd), the historical House Tour launch (April 30th to May 2nd), opening of the Visitors Centre (June 6th), Loftus Hall’s birthday celebrations (July 16th and 17th), The Raymond Le Gros Norman Festival (September 3rd and 4th) and Halloween at the Hall (October 21st to November 6th).

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To find out more about Loftus Hall and its 666th Anniversary events visit www.loftushall.ie or call 051 397728.

Loftus Hall stirs Samhain spirits!

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Spectral phenomena expected at Loftus Hall’s Halloween experience

For many of us Halloween conjures up images of trick or treating, dressing in ghoulish costume, pumpkin carving or bobbing for apples!_MG_2387-Editc

However, these contemporary Halloween activities are based on practices dating back to the darker origins of Halloween, or Samhain.  Around 2,000 years ago in Celtic Ireland, Samhain was the division of the year between summer and winter.  During Samhain, the divide between this world and other domains was at its thinnest which gave spirits greater opportunity to pass through to this world.

Loftus Hall, in Co. Wexford, will celebrate Samhain, and as Ireland’s most haunted house, you can expect to experience some eerie encounters and hear some ghostly tales from Loftus Hall’s past.

Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 665 years to 1350. It is now a magnet for tourists, historians, and paranormal enthusiasts, who continue to document evidence of frequent paranormal activity in the house. Highlighting some of this activity, Loftus Hall will feature on TV3 this Halloween, with a fascinating account of an Irish Ghost Hunters Investigation.

According to Aidan Quigley, Owner of Loftus Hall, Loftus Hall is a very special, but unpredictable, place to be during Samhain. “We observe strange phenomena in the house throughout the year, but at Halloween, the house often surprises us.”

“At Loftus Hall, there is no need for overstated gory props or effects.  The house has a very twisted and tortured history, and so naturally speaks for itself. We have had reports from many ghost hunting groups and spectre seekers who recount rather unsettling results, such as significant temperature drops, particularly in the Chapel and Tapestry Room, and spikes in electro-magnetic fields, indicating an unseen energy source. Visitors to Loftus Hall continually experience and qualify these findings, and many encounter things that they can’t quite explain. ”

The Loftus Hall Samhain Tours open to the public from October 17th and visitors should expect some strange and inexplicable goings-on.

It’s not only ghost hunters who have documented ethereal activities at Loftus Hall.  Following last year’s viral “ghost photo” which hit the international headlines when tourist Thomas Beavis snapped what appeared to be a ghostly apparition in the porch way of the Hall, another visitor to Loftus Hall, Tara McMeel also captured some strange ghostly apparitions in a “selfie” shot.

The continuous visitor feedback regarding unnatural experiences, and tangible captures of evidence such as this, keeps world-wide curiosity rife about Loftus Hall and its ominous past.

Mr. Quigley revealed, “Without giving too much away about the newly designed family or adult Samhain tours, I can confirm they will both feature the re-enactment of the much heralded, infamous “dark stranger” episode.  Charles Tottenham Loftus, the then custodian of the Hall in the 18th century, invited a stranger to play cards.  During the card game, as his daughter Anne who was captivated by this stranger, bent to retrieve a fallen playing card, she discovered that the invited guest had cloven hooves.  The stranger flew into a fiery rage, crashing through the roof leaving in his wake a smell of sulphur and brimstone, and the very same roof has been irreparable ever since. This Legend is synonymous with Loftus Hall, and is a fundamental part of the houses spectral history.”

If you want to experience Samhain in an authentic haunted house, Loftus Hall Hall’oween tours commence from October 17th with a range of family tours each day, adult night tours on October 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st.

To find out more about the Daily Halloween Tours, Adult Night tours visit Loftus Hall Booking Page or call 051 397728.

 

UK’s “Most Haunted Experience” Ireland Tour Visit Loftus Hall 23rd October 2015.. Dare You Join Them?!

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On Friday the 23rd October The Most Haunted Cast & Crew will have A date with the Devil at Loftus Hall in Co Wexford

Loftus Hall has a terrifying feel to it…With so much paranormal activity witnessed here and so many myths and legends connected to it we are sure to have a night to remember..Your hair stands on end as you enter this eerie location…The creaking of the floor boards and the crackling of the fire…This is your typical haunted mansion…Dare you join us as we go in search of the Devil…who is said to have stayed here..

Click on the link below for more details and tickets…

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May 2015 Hot Press Magazine Feature

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LOFTUS HALL

Hook Head, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Tel: (051) 397 728
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info@loftushall.ie

Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall has almost 666 years of history and heritage to intrigue, spook and scare even the most hardened of cynics; now everyone from paranormal enthusiasts to visiting families can experience the paranormal goings-on in Co. Wexford. Daytime and night-time tours have sent shivers down spines of all who enter, and the testimonies of the hardy souls who’ve ventured into the ancient house speak volumes. Two paranormal investigation Lockdowns have been hosted this year, revealing a number of unexplainable findings. The Irish Ghost Hunters team who led the investigations reported major temperature drops and jumps in the electro-magnetic fields; those energies have also been reported flowing through the tours. Do you have what it takes to brave the maniacal mansion? Take a deep breath, then take a leap of faith… and keep your fingers crossed!

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Loftus Hall set to reawaken 665 years of history

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With almost 666 years of history that has intrigued, spooked and unsettled even the most hardened cynics, Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall, is re-opens to the public on 28th March, following its winter hiatus.

Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall which has stood on the site since 1350, is not just a mecca for paranormal enthusiasts, but for families, tourists and locals. In fact, many visitors to the area are intrigued to find out more about Hook Head’s incredible heritage and colourful history.

Aidan Quigley, owner of Loftus Hall, said about the re-opening, “From previous years, we know that there is great interest in the Hall, its history, its stories, and its associated mysterious events.”

“There has been a lot of inexplicable activity on the site.  Obviously the most heralded story is that of the “stranger” who was invited in to play cards by the then owner, Charles Tottenham Loftus, in the 18th century.  When his daughter Anne bent to retrieve a fallen playing card, she discovered that the invited guest had cloven hooves.  On discovery, the stranger flew into a fiery rage, crashing through the roof leaving in his wake a smell of sulphurous brimstone, and the very same roof has been irreparable ever since.”

Last year Loftus Hall hit the international headlines once again, when tourist Thomas Beavis snapped what appeared to be a ghostly apparition in a window of the Hall.  The figure, believed to be that of Anne Tottenham who discovered the cloven hoof of the card playing stranger, went viral igniting world-wide curiosity about Loftus Hall and its eerie past.

Aidan added, “Whilst the Hall was closed over the winter we undertook some repairs and general maintenance.  Even though most of the work was carried out smoothly and seamlessly, there have been a few strange goings-on, such as light bulbs not working and frosty temperature drops in certain areas of the house.”

The Irish Ghost Hunting Team on the staircase at Loftus Hall. Left to right the team members are: Left front: Tim Kelly - Founder of Irish Ghost Hunters Left back: Tina Barcoa - Location Manager and Lead Investigator Right back: Ruth Algera - Lead Investigator Right front: Wayne Bolger - Lead Investigator

The Irish Ghost Hunting Team on the staircase at Loftus Hall.
Left to right the team members are:
Left front: Tim Kelly – Founder of Irish Ghost Hunters
Left back: Tina Barcoa – Location Manager and Lead Investigator
Right back: Ruth Algera – Lead Investigator
Right front: Wayne Bolger – Lead Investigator

Recently, a group of paranormal investigators carried out a paranormal survey of Loftus Hall.  The Irish Ghost Hunters are a team of spectre seekers, which investigate haunted locations throughout Ireland and further afield.

As part of a TV documentary, IGH visited Loftus Hall and their findings were somewhat disquieting.  Location Manager and Lead Investigator with IGH, Tina Barcoe recounted some of the team’s findings.  “The team used practical hand-held devices which register temperature and energy readings.  There were major temperature drops, particularly in the Chapel and the Tapestry Room.  We also registered significant spikes in the electro-magnetic fields in some areas of the house, which indicates that something, an energy source, was close by. We also heard tapping noises within rooms that we were investigating, and responses on our K2 meter (EMF) which seemed to be in connection to our questions.”

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Ghost Hunting in Loftus Hall with Irish Ghost Hunters & TV3

Tina added “The team in general got an unsettling feeling, and our investigation left us with more questions than answers.  We’re certainly looking forward to coming back again to see if these phenomena can be explained.”

Guided tours are available from 12pm to 5pm and are suitable for all ages, and in particular for children and their parents enjoying the Easter break. The tour takes 45 minutes, combining the history and legend of Loftus Hall in an entertaining, informative and interactive package.

To find out more about the House Tour, Nightfall Adult Only Tour, or the Loftus Hall Lockdowns visit our website booking page.

Ghost Adventure Crew visit Loftus Hall

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The moment Zac, Nick and Aaron arrived at Loftus Hall we knew that these guys were the real deal.

With the amount of technical equipment they brought we thought they were coming to fight a war!

These guys are the modern day real life ghostbusters but did they pack enough equipment for what Loftus Hall had to throw at them?

You will have to tune in tomorrow night to find out……………….

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