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Location
near Templetown, County Wexford, Ireland

Description
Loftus Hall is set in a bleak and open site on the Hook Peninsula overlooking Waterford harbor and Dunmore East, 12 miles from Waterford.

Loftus Hall is a huge rectangular nine bay mansion house built over 3 floors. It is set on a site of 63 acres of arable land with its own private beach. The Hall is in good repair and consists of 22 bedrooms and 7 reception rooms. One of the outstanding features of the mansion is the hand-carved oak staircase.

History
The original hall was built during the period of the ‘Black Death’ in 1350 by the Redmond family. During Cromwell’s invasion it was confiscated from the family and handed over to the Loftus family in the 1650’s who had to repair the hall from the considerable damage caused by cannon fire. The head of the family had many titles but in the 1800’s was created Marquess of Ely.

In 1870 the hall was demolished by the 4th Earl and the present hall was built on its foundations. The only remaining parts of the old hall that were left were the foundations of a circular tower and an underground passage. The new hall was very up market for its time including a handmade Italian staircase, gas lighting and central heating.

In 1917 the hall was sold to the Holy Order of the Sisters of Providence. They converted the hall into a school and convent for young girls and it remained in their care until 1983. This time it was converted into a hotel by Michael Devereaux but in the late 1990’s it was forced to close. The hall remained in the Devereaux family until 2008 when it was sold an anonymous buyer thought to be the singer Bono from U2 or a wealthy Dublin financier for less than €1,000, 000, but the sale never completed and so they property is still for sale.

The Arts
A film ‘The Legend of Loftus Hall was released in 1993 and another with a current working title ‘Loftus Hall’ set in the present day is due for release soon.

Legends
It is believed that in 1762 a man visited the house from a ship docked on the Hook Peninsula. Anne Loftus invited him into the house and noticed he had a cloven foot, she screamed and the man went up through the roof in a puff of smoke leaving a large hole which could never be properly repaired.


Other Castles in the Area
  Annaghs Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballinlaw Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballyteige Castle, County Wexford
  Coolhull Castle, County Wexford
  Ferrycarrig Castle, County Wexford
  Fethard Castle, County Wexford
  Gorteens Castle, County Kilkenny
  Kilmurry Castle, County Kilkenny
  Mountgarret Castle, County Kilkenny
  Slade Castle, County Wexford
  Tower of Taghmon Castle, County Wexford







Tower of Taghmon Castle
Loftus Hall, near Templetown

Photograph by Humphrey Bolton. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Tower of Taghmon Castle
Loftus Hall on the Hook Peninsula

Photograph by Dneale52. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)


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