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Where the Devil Played Cards: Inside Ireland’s Most Haunted House

Ireland’s Most Haunted House on the Market for Small Fortune
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Ireland's most haunted house is up for sale

Oct. 15 2023, Published 9:58 a.m. ET

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For paranormal enthusiasts to forgo the potential cost of an exorcism, Ireland's most haunted house is currently on the market for a small fortune, reported.

According to The Independent, the most haunted house in Ireland is known to Fethard-on-Sea, Wexford locals as Loftus Hall.

The frightful property is available for a princely sum of €2.65 million, or approximately $3.2 million USD.

The mansion boasts a foreboding presence and creeptastic atmosphere, amplified by a legend recounting how the Devil stopped by one night in 1775.

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According to the legend of Ireland's most haunted house, the Devil arrived on a stormy night and befriended a young Loftus daughter named Anne.

He was even invited to play cards with the family, who were horrified to discover his true identity when they spotted cloven hooves underneath his clothes.

The Devil then disappeared through the roof cloaked in flame, never to be seen again. Coincidentally, a large hole remains in the roof where supposedly Old Scratch vanished all those centuries ago.

Aside from the haunted house reputation, the Ireland mansion boasts some of the most impressive architectural features in the world.

Notably, the ornate staircase in the grand hall which is one of a set of three unique staircases. Another can be seen at the Vatican, while the third of the set sank with the Titanic.

Mansion Global notes the building as it currently stands was constructed in the 1870s by John Henry Wellington Graham Loftus, the 4th Marquess of Ely, in anticipation of a visit from Queen Victoria.

The queen never actually came around, and the project ruined the family financially.

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Ireland's most haunted house was bought by local brothers Shane and Aidan Quigley in 2011, who worked to turn it into a destination for paranormal investigators.

It has since established itself as a popular spot for tourists, with visits peaking in the Halloween season.

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The Irish Independent noted the property is being sold by Keane Auctioneers, but it is unclear when an auction is set to take place.

"While in need of some extensive refurbishment, it maintains some of its unique features including the remarkable hand-carved staircase, magnificent fireplaces, unique architectural features (all with their own legendary stories and tales), to name but a few," the outlet notes.


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