19 November 2013

Scare Week - Huntington Castle

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

Category: House

Abandoned: Still in operation

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