In the 1700s, Loftus Hall was a magnificent, awe invoking building which dominated the edge of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland. At the time, the Loftus estate was ruled by Charles Loftus Tottenham, who acquired immense power and wealth by marrying Anne Loftus. They had two daughters, Anne and Elizabeth. Charles focused on establishing his reputation and expanding the family name while Anne remained at home to raise their children. Tragedy strikes the heart of the family and as they put their lives back together, a monstrous storm crashes against the Hall and from it emerges a mysterious dark stranger. Welcomed into Loftus Hall, he creates a certain unease among the occupants. The youngest daughter, Anne, falls in love with the man, much to the dismay of her proud father. Discovering their relationship, Charles gives the visitor an ultimatum. However, after a traditional card game held in the mansion, a horrifying event takes place, and soon everyone realises the stranger was concealing his true evil identity. Having lost her love, Anne plunges deep into the realms of insanity. Charles loses his grasp on his power and wealth as a stagnant presence within the Hall creates turmoil and darkness. Swallowing his pride, he is forced to solicit help from the sole individual who may be capable of banishing the malevolence from Loftus Hall once and for all. This is the Legend of Loftus Hall which still survives in the area to this day.
A spirited young heiress to a decaying dynasty unwittingly summons an unholy guardian to guide her true love on a perilous journey to her lonely shore. Their paths collide, and in the fires of love - they burn. ***** Inspired Inspired by the Legend of Loftus Hall, Ireland's most haunted house, Twisted Paths takes us deep down the inky black rabbithole of Annie and Dafydd's hexed lives. The two star-crossed lovers on a collision course orchestrated by an invisible, arcane hand. Follow their grueling trials and hardships as their paths slowly entwine, when at last they unite their brief love sparks a fire that engulfs them both. From these ashes...further evil arises.
Only in Ireland – the funniest, wildest and most absurd stories from Ireland’s local newspapers For anyone with a sense of humour and a taste for the absurd, here are the best of the unique, hilarious stories from towns and villages the length and breadth of the country that make the headlines in the local newspaper … and nowhere else. Read all about the dogs in Mountmellick forced to wear nappies, the Kerry boat builder who travelled 23 minutes back in time, the pub thieves who escaped through Limerick prison, the Corkman whose most treasured possession is his bucket from the Pope's 1979 visit and many, many more. Medium-Sized Town, Fairly Big Story showcases the best of Ireland's distinctive humour, personality and wit. This book is a window on the real soul of Ireland, a snapshot of the way we were, the way we are and, hopefully, the way we’ll always be. ‘Open this book on any page and you’ll smile. This book will sit proudly in my toilet for many years to come.’ Hector Ó hEochagáin ‘Ireland’s famous wit and charm is often most evident in our local papers and Ronan has unearthed the best of it for this great book.’ Bressie ‘I was laughing just reading some of the headlines!’ Gerry Duffy, bestselling author of Who Dares, Runs and Tick Tock Ten ‘This is a rale good book. A week never passes that I don't buy a few local papers and Ronan has done a savage job bringing some of the best stories from them together here.’ Mick Foster, one half of Foster & Allen ‘This book is a great validation of the importance of local newspapers.’ Tony Allen, the other half … ‘It really is the perfect gift for a loved one living abroad or anyone at home who loves reading about what makes Ireland tick!’ Ireland’s Eye
Discover the darker side of Wexford with this collection of spine-chilling tales from across the county. This spooky selection features stories of unexplained phenomena, ghostly apparitions and poltergeist activity and includes tales from well-known locations such as Enniscorthy Castle and Duncannon Fort as well as those from private dwellings, Drawing on historical and contemporary sources and including many first-hand experiences and previously unpublished tales, Haunted Wexford will enthrall anyone interested in the unexplained
From medieval Carlingford in Louth to Blarney Castle in Cork, discover the top 100 places to visit in Ireland’s Ancient East. Wander through time at sites such as Clonmacnoise, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel, as well as at hidden gems like Athassel Priory in Tipperary, Loughcrew Passage Tombs in Meath and Heywood Gardens in Laois. From dolmens to round towers, Anglo-Norman castles to historic gardens, over 5,000 years of Ireland’s history, heritage, archaeology and folklore are waiting to be discovered. Find out - which round towers can be climbed - where there is a 2,000-year-old trackway across a bog - which famous garden features a piece of the Berlin Wall - where St Nicholas is buried Included is practical information about each location and what to expect from the visitor experience. With easy-to-follow maps and specially commissioned photographs, this is the first guide to Ireland’s Ancient East.
Do ghosts exist, do supernatural beings walk the land and do creatures linger in the shadows. Are legends of blood-sucking creatures based on some truth found on the edges of reality? Within these pages Tony Locke will take you on a journey through the magical land of Erin. You will explore castles and graveyards, and be introduced to banshees, warlocks, spectres, poltergeists and the Undead. You will read about the spirit of a child that possesses a doll, the vengeful druid who guards a tomb and the ghost of a cannibal woman who enjoyed eating children. Based on the myths and legends of Ireland, these tales have been collected and retold by professional storyteller Tony Locke. So why not pull up a chair and sit awhile? You know you’re never too old for a story.
In Ireland, the link between place and myth is strong, and there is no more enlightening way to understand the rich tapestry of Irish mythology, and its relationship to our true history, than by reading the landscape. Earthing the Myths is an engaging and exhaustive county-by-county guide to the vast number of fascinating places in Ireland connected to myth, folklore and early history. Covering the period 800 BC to AD 650, this book spans the Late Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the early Christian period, and explores the ways in which the land evolved, and with it our catalogue of myths and legends. Smyth chronicles sites the length and breadth of the country, where druids, fairies, goddesses, warriors and kings all left their mark, in tales both real and imagined. With over one thousand locations recorded, from Rathlin Island to the Beara Peninsula, Earthing the Myths breathes life into places throughout Ireland that find their origins in our pre-Christian and pre-Gaelic past, and shows that they still possess unique wisdom and vibrant energy.
Index of archaeological papers published in 1891, under the direction of the Congress of Archaeological Societies in union with the Society of Antiquaries.
Compiled by Ireland's leading folklorist, Daithi O hOgain, Ireland's People and Places takes the reader from the Blackstairs Mountains to Killybegs, from horse fairs in Co. Cork to the grand tour of Dublin Castle, from mummers and strawboys to racing at Punchestown and hurling in Croke Park. Each doublepage spread is illustrated with full colour photography. It provides an attractive yet authoritative overview of Iereland's cultural heritage.
Enhanced by full-color photography and detailed city and regional maps, these cultural guides furnish updated information on selective hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and side trips, along with cultural sidebars and anecdotes about local life, a special rating system for key destinations, and an easy-to-use alphabetical arrangement.