Loftus Hall is celebrating its 666th Anniversary.
The Wexford attraction is renowned for being one of the most haunted buildings in the country.
As part of the ongoing celebrations they opened their new Visitor Centre this week.
"The Visitors Centre is only just getting started!", announced Anne Power from Loftus Hall. "The centre is a really exciting addition to our Loftus Hall House Tour, and I think we realised very early on that there is such an abundance of history and incredible characters associated with Loftus Hall, that it is going to be an ever-changing, continually up-dating, fluid resource."
Speaking about the history of the Hall, Ann described it as bursting with intriguing stories:
"There have been horrific and gruesome battles, there has been prosperity, wealth, bankruptcy, love triangles, one of the longest court battles in Irish history, and so much more.. it reads like the most incredible novel!"
Tom Ó Morchoe, Manager of the Tottenham Estates in New Ross, was on hand to officially declare the Centre open. Mr. Ó Morchoe represents a crucial connection to Loftus Hall via the Tottenham family, and the continued Marquis of Ely title line.
The newly established Visitors Centre at Loftus Hall is open to all those who visit the Hall, whether there to take the House Tour, or there for coffee, a slice of cake, and a relaxing stroll in the historically significant walled gardens.
From the Redmond family, the Loftus’, the Tottenham Loftus’, more recently the Benedictine Nuns and Rosminian Order, to Loftus Hall Hotel’s owners Michael and Kay Devereux; the previous owners of this monumental property, on the beautiful Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, create an extensive supply of happenings and adventures.
The infamous Legend of Loftus Hall, featuring the Devil himself, is the most well known tale associated with the Hall, but with this new Visitors Centre, Loftus Hall owners and staff hope to share even more with their visitors, especially some treasured nuggets from Loftus Hall’s past.
Loftus Hall is open weekends up until the 18th June, when the gates open 7 days a week until the 4th September 2016.
The Birthday celebrations in July will be followed by the Waves Festival on the 28th August.
Waves is a brand new music festival hosted at Loftus Hall by the RNLI, Feathered RNLI need to raise €65,000 for a new Lifeboat.
The Norman Festival weekend will then finish off Loftus Hall’s summer season, taking place on the 3rd and 4th September. Loftus Hall will then close until the skeletal hands of Hall’oween begin knocking!
To find out more about Loftus Hall and its 666th Anniversary events visit www.loftushall.ie or call 051 397728.