The Loftus Hall is a twenty-two bedroom mansion located on the Hook Peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland. It is a large house constructed on the site of the Redmond Hall; the home of the Redmond family since 1350. Alexander Redmond died in the house, after which his family were evicted by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers and then the house was sold to Nicholas Loftus.
The locals say Loftus Hall was haunted by a young woman’s ghost and a devil. It is regarded as the most haunted house in Ireland. The building’s structure and surrounding landscape truly fits the stereotype of a haunted house.
It is the unexplained mysteries and the ghost tales that have made the Loftus hall one of the most haunted places in Ireland. It all comes from the life and death of Anne Tottenham whose ghost is said to be haunting the hall.
Legend has it that when the Tottenham family were the occupants of the house, they received a stranger during a storm and gave him shelter in their house. The stranger stayed on in the house for weeks. It was during this period that Anne Tottenham who was a young woman at the time grew fond of him and they spent a lot of time together.
One evening, a card game was being played and Anne bending down to pick a card looked under the table where she discovered the mystery man had cloven hoofs and not regular feet. As this happened, the man transformed into a ball of fire and shot up through the roof with the events leaving Anne in a state of trauma which she never recovered from. It’s this that made people refer to the man as the devil.
Anne was locked in the tapestry room where she remained silent for years until she died. After her death, the servants reported seeing a dark mysterious figure roaming the halls at night.
The family hired several clergymen including Father Thomas Broaders who finally succeeded in exorcising the hall. Although there are several accounts of the story that claim he was unable to exorcise the tapestry room where Anne died.
The hall is now open for public visitation and it serves as a tourist attraction. It was reopened in 2012, since then people have claimed to have different disturbing experiences including a boy who claims to have seen Anne’s ghost in one of his pictures taken from the hall. The hall was also used as location to shoot the terrifying horror movie The Lodgers.
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