26 January 2014
19 November 2013
While not all the venues on Beat 102 103’s Scare Week are abandoned, I thought I’d feature them here as I was involved in the project an feel there’s some really great things to be seen in each location. This one is Huntington Castle in the village of Clonegal in Carlow, Ireland. The castle was built in 1625 and eventually captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1650 as he marched on Kilkenny.
Huntington Castle is now a private residence but open for tours during the summer and now during Halloween for the legendary ghost tours which were able to sample some of during our visit. The basement contains a temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis and is one of the most intriguing things we saw on the Scare Week shoot.
The castle itself has a noble air about it, retaining a lot of the original features and remaining with the same family in that time. The rooms are filled with antiques and feature pieces but nothing is as impressive as the Temple Of Isis in the dungeon. Egyptian paraphernalia covers the entire area with shrines to honour the ancient deity. Certainly worth a visit for that alone.
Have a look at the video below and see what you make of the candles blowing out. A simple draft of wind or something more sinister?
Location: Clonegal, Carlow, Ireland
Abandoned: Still in operation
16 November 2013
While not exactly abandoned, it had been in the past and I felt that given the involvement we had with Scare Week on South East radio station Beat 102 103, we would share the videos here on World Abandoned.
The second location for Scare Week was Enniscorthy Castle in County Wexford and was an interesting place to visit given its history. The castle was built by the Normans in 1205 and was lived in right up until 1951. It was an important location during the 1798 and Vinegar Hill is nearby. The castle is now home to the Wexford County Museum and has recently been refurbished.
While the top floors have been changed over the years through its time as a private dwelling and its new purpose as a museum, the dungeon has remained as it was back then and includes an interesting carving of a soldier who was being held captive and is rumoured to have been killed before he had a chance to finish the illustration.
There have been a number of reported ghost sightings in the building including that of a friendly man named Jim who has more of an association with Enniscorthy Town itself. The castle is one of the main places Wexford Paranormal visits on its paranormal investigations. There are a number of reports of the sound of children playing being heard. Children visiting the castle have on occasion spoken about children they were talking to even though no one else was present in the building at the time.
Our own experience in the castle as part of Beat 102 103’s Scare Week was interesting in that we were eager to experience some of what was discussed in our briefing however it was in the middle of the day and the building felt comfortable and welcoming. Even the dungeon didn’t feel too eerie when we were left alone there. I would like to return at some stage with Wexford Paranormal in the night to see if we can find anything further.
Location: Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland
Abandoned: 1951 (But re-opened since)
11 November 2013
Duckett’s Grove is an imposing building in County Carlow, Ireland - a 12,000 acre estate and home of the Duckett family for 300 years. The current house was built in 1830 by William Duckett and incorporates a number of towers and turrets in a gothic style. The entire house was destroyed in 1933 by fire and has been abandoned since, although a tea room has opened in a drive to bring tourists.
I recently visited Duckett’s Grove as part of Scare Week, a radio series I worked on with South East radio station Beat 102 103 and we were accompanied by Wexford Paranormal, one of the country’s top investigation groups. For me, it was my first time to attend a paranormal investigation and I was interested in knowing how it worked having seen Most Haunted and similar shows on TV.
We chose to investigate two main locations - The bottom of a tower where a growl had been heard and a window in which a figure of a lady had been seen. For the most part, nothing happened although I did hear the rattling of chains and went to investigate. When I went to edit the video, the footage of that part had vanished. Strange. Later we were told by listeners to the radio show that a dog can be seen at around the 3 minute mark in the video. Have a look and see what you think.
The building itself is imposing and scary in the dark. It’s in a severe state of disrepair and closed to the public at night. It’s somewhere I’d definitely recommend to visit.
Location: Carlow, Ireland
10 November 2013
Scare Week is a feature I worked on with South East radio station Beat 102 103 and over the next few days I’ll be posting the videos that accompanied the radio series, some of fantastic abandoned buildings including Loftus Hall which we’ve blogged about here in the past. We visited locations throughout the South East of Ireland and enjoyed some really fantastic experiences. Have a look over the next few days and enjoy!