Loftus Hall: The Devil Goes to Ireland By Megan Starrak 


In the Southeast region of Ireland lies the Hook Peninsula. And there, towering above rolling green fields, sits the imposing Loftus Hall. The Redmond family built the immense stone structure in 1350. In the ensuing 670-plus years, one event occurred that led to it becoming one of the world’s most haunted houses. 

According to legend, it all began one dark and stormy night in 1775. The homeowners, including Sir Charles Tottenham and his daughter Anne, were interrupted by a knock at their door. Upon answering it, a young man informed them his ship had sought shelter from the storm and he was looking for lodging. During those times, it was common for sailors to turn up at Loftus Hall during inclement weather, so Sir Charles welcomed the young man into his home. 

Upon laying eyes on the visitor, Anne became infatuated with him, and the two spent several hours together talking and playing cards. However, it was while they were playing cards that things turned terrifying. Anne accidentally dropped a card, and when she bent to pick it up, she noticed that the young man’s feet were cloven hooves. Anne began screaming and saying that that the Devil himself was there. Once his identity was revealed, the man is said to have become consumed by a giant ball of fire, shot upward through the roof, and flew away. 

egan Seeing this had a disastrous effect on Anne, who lost her mind. Her family locked her away in the home’s tapestry room. According to the story, she sat in that room waiting for the stranger to return. She stayed in that room for 11 years before she died. But it is believed that she wasn’t always alone. Almost a century later, the house underwent renovations, and during this, workers discovered the mummified remains of a baby hidden in the room’s walls. Was it the child of Anne and the mysterious stranger? That’s what many believe, anyway. What is known for sure is that after Anne died, the stories of ghosts and hauntings began. Some claims regarding the haunting include visitors being physically pushed, the sounds of a woman whimpering, and a baby crying.

In 2011, the house was purchased by Shane and Aiden Quigley. Using the infamous rumors of the house, they started giving ghost tours and allowing ghosthunters to investigate overnight. They hoped to use these ventures’ proceeds to renovate the property further. But the costs, including an estimated $400,000 to replace the 97 windows, forced the Quigleys to sell the home in 2020.

So, what does the future hold for one of the most haunted houses in the world? According to one source, the new owners plan to turn the house into a luxury hotel. The goal of the project is to bring an influx of tourism to the area. So, if given the chance, would you stay at Loftus Hall? I know I would. 


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