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The Devils Apprentice

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It’s the time of year when the Hall looks for the person willing to stand up and take on the role of “The Devils Apprentice!”

We are very grateful to Sarah Corish who was last years Apprentice, we have to acknowledge that the biggest winner last year was Loftus Hall as Sarah brought great energy and her own unique style to the role. Sarah embraced the challenge from the first day and tackled every role we tasked her with emerging as one of Loftus Halls top Tour Guides.

If you think you have what it takes to step up to the challenge and commit yourself to a course of fear conquering tasks we want to see your pitch.

Submit a 30 second video of yourself telling us why you think you should be “The Devils Apprentice 2015!”

All entries should be sent to info@loftushall.ie titled “The Devils Apprentice 2015”

Good luck! Devils Apprentice

Friday the 13th!

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896px-Templars_Burning-300x300Happy Friday 13th to all our friends, you may not know it but we share a very close connection with this often feared date. The origin of this fear comes from The Knights Templars and their history. At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, scores of French Templars were simultaneously arrested by agents of King Philip, later to be tortured in locations such as the tower of Chinon, into admitting heresy¬†and other sacrilegious offenses in the Order. Then they were put to death. There were five initial charges lodged against the Templars. The first was the renouncement and spitting on the cross during initiation into the Order. The second was the stripping of the man to be initiated and the thrice kissing of that man by the preceptor on the navel, posteriors and the mouth. The third was telling the neophyte (novice) that unnatural lust was lawful and indulged in commonly. The fourth was that the cord worn by the neophyte day and night was consecrated by wrapping it around an idol in the form of a human head with a great beard, and that this idol was adored in all chapters. The fifth was that the priests of the order did not consecrate the host in celebrating Mass. The first residents of Loftus Hall, were the Redmonds descendants of the Norman Knight Raymond Le Gros a general in Strongbows army. Some of those Redmonds became Templar Knights and fought many battles in the name of God and their order before they were ajudged to have become too powerful and wealthy. Those who escaped the purges of this era converted to another order which was more favoured The Knights Hospitaller and acquired the assets of the outlawed Templars. At a later time in history many of these converts adopted another secret organisation named The Stonemasons, commonly refered to as “Masons”, an organisation believed to be steeped in the practice of Black Magic and long lost ancient Knowledges. The current day Loftus Hall contains an abundance of “Mason” architecture and features, the most significant the Mosaic tiled floor in the Entrance Hall. The detailed patterns and icons in this floor are believed to contain a secret message locking away a secret that only a Mason could decipher, however some people believe that the real secret is not hidden in the tiles themselves but buried beneath them in the cold dark depths of the very foundations…