Monday, 28 November 2016

Paranormal Lockdown In LOFTUS HALL

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that the unknown amazes me, in particular the spiritual realm and after visiting Loftus Hall back in October I knew it's a place where I wanted to return. I first went there for the adult Halloween tour and it was one the best/weirdest experiences of my life and if you want to check that out and get a little bit of a history lesson you can do so here. But this time it was going to be very different, it wasn't going to just be an hour or two with dressed up characters no, this time it was going to be serious with a real investigation led by Paranormal Researchers Ireland a night where we would be connecting with spirits whilst delving into another world and I couldn't wait to begin. That being said I was absolutely sure I was about to have a heart attack ... no joke!! 
I've decided to take you through my night as it happened, from the smells to the feelings it was something I've never experienced before so sit back, relax and have an open mind...it's a long one!!

It all kicked off last night Saturday 26th November at 8:30pm in the one and only Loftus Hall on The Hook
Peninsula and it was going to last until about 3.30am.When I think of 3.30am on a Saturday night it's unusual for me not to be heading home from the disco but believe me there's no disco that'll beat Loftus Hall.
 After we arrived we were met by the Paranormal researchers and made sign forms, I'm not trying to be funny but I saw the word death and I was gone. What was I thinking, why did I trust Vera Crellin?, Why was I back in Loftus Hall but I signed the forms and on I went. After downing my first of thirty cups of tea we were met by the owner Aidan Quigley who brought us on a guided lighted tour of the house. I'd seen Aidan on the episode of Ghost Adventures  where they went to Loftus Hall and I always thought he came across so well and a real genuine man, well in real life he's a million times nicer. The passion he has for the Hall and the history surrounding it was amazing and made you really open your eyes and mind to what you're about to witness.
On our tour we actually entered through the old main door way which is where the dark stranger (the devil) would have entered through on the night in question and it's there where the weirdness began. One member of my group then asked 'what's that smell, like sulphur' before we were moved on quite quickly. I didn't know what it meant to smell sulphur but later on during the night I quickly learned that when you smell that it's not a good sign, meaning bad and demonic energy.
 After the tour and the minor heart attack we were divided into groups of six and it was time for the lockdown to begin.
When I went on the Halloween tour the one room that really got to me was the tapestry room, if you know the legend of Loftus Hall then you'll know that this was the room where Lady Anne Tottenham was locked into and where she went insane, it's also the room where her child's remains are buried in the walls so just knowing that story alone you can already imagine the feeling in that room and where does my group get to go first??? Of course to the tapestry room. Our guide Billy talked us through what we were about to do and I never felt so scared in my life, we all spread out around the room and Billy began to call the spirits. Within minutes weird things started to happen, although the room was pitch black I could see shadows, I could feel someone standing in front of me as did Roisin and then I started to get weird tingles in my fingers and other peoples hands got very warm. Vera then experienced a pain in her right side of her chest which got stranger when Billy explained that when Loftus Hall was a hotel Michael had died in this room due to a heart attack. I then felt something very weird, it was as it something was tingling and burning my neck towards my left shoulder. I have a tattoo of the moon on the back of my neck and it's as if someone started at that and moved it's way over to my shoulder. We then heard a humming noise, I thought it was a woman and all of a sudden I felt very, very sad. I don't know what it was but all day I would think of Lady Anne and get sad and that same feeling came back in the room. We then all came together circled the bed, held hands and began to chant 'ring a ring a rosey' which just got weirder and weirder until eventually our hour in the tapestry room had come to an end and it was an hour that I will never, ever forget.

After a short break we swapped over and our next stop was where it all kicked off, the card room where the devil went through the roof and the hole remains. It was on our way to the card room where I could really get a strong smell of sulphur, which was ridiculously freaky as it vanished within a few seconds. We each got a chance to sit down at the table where they played a game of cards that night and the EMF's (electro magnetic fields) machines were going crazy especially when our guide would look away, we could hear footsteps, bangs and just noises that you couldn't explain. Although no one was in the room above of us we could clear as day hear pacing going across and back the floor it was incredible but I did overall feel relatively safe in this room as if there was no fear or danger present, very unusual I know.

Having watched so many videos on Loftus Hall one place I was always going to be fearful to go was upstairs in the house because from what I heard it was just at a different level completely. Tina, the lead investigator of the PRI was just amazing, in fact the whole team are incredible but Tina led us up through the stairs where two nuns fell mysteriously to their death. A cross on the stairs marks where they died and it was just so surreal to think of the thousands of nuns/ servants/ people that walked these stairs it amazed me. When we reached the top there was a glass on the table and we rubbed our hands together to pick up some energy before we placed one finger each lightly on the glass. This was something that always weirded me out, I was terrified but I will admit I wasn't sure if a glass would really move by itself, oh Lordy it did believe you and me. It was probably the weirdest feeling I'd ever felt in my life to know that a spirit was moving this glass just amazed me, it was amazing!!
After the hour was up we said goodbye and thank you and I went down to have my fifty sixth cup of tea.
One of the most beautiful things in Loftus Hall is the main staircase it's just incredibly beautiful and eery I think it's amazing so when our next destination was up the stairs I couldn't contain my excitement even though it did mean we were back upstairs again. As I walked through the halls of the house I began to think about things and it hit me that Lady Anne once walked these halls and it just affected me, I don't understand it but I feel drawn to Lady Anne and thought of her for that whole hour.
 We were brought into a room and this would have been particularly active with the nuns so a women was put in the centre of the circle with a pack of tarot cards which would not have been liked. The woman felt pressure on her back, I had experienced back pain since the very first hour back in the tapestry room so it really was unusual but overall there wasn't much activity there but unbelievable all the same, I just thought of Lady Anne the whole time.

As 2am approached we knew we had one room left and that was the morning room, now this room I did not like. When we went on the Halloween tour this was a room I felt uneasy in and I remember wanting to get out as quick as I could the same when Aidan brought us around for the tour in the beginning I did not like this room and I did not want to be in it, now this was a room I didn't feel safe in. Our investor for this room was Chris and let me tell you Chris is a brave man. Aidan had told us many of the objects in this room were cursed and when I walked in and saw a doll lying on the floor I just wanted the floor to swallow me up. The temperatures were dropping continuously and the room just kept getting darker and darker so we all sat on the floor which the spirit seemed to like as the EMF started to continuously beep non stop. I got to the stage where I just wanted to leave the room but sat there feeling very unwelcome and very much on edge there until the hour was up and it was time to head home.

I was so sad when I realised it was time to head home, I didn't want to leave. I have such a passion and love for Loftus Hall that I just genuinely cannot explain it. We removed the white light from ourselves and signed out ready to leave down the avenue.
<-- That was my face when time was done..no joke I did not want to leave.

But there you have it, my Saturday night spent in Loftus Hall. I don't think I could recommend Loftus enough to people, it's one of those experiences that are priceless. It's a place that you'll automatically fall in love with and take a pride about but that being said it's scary lads, it's scary!!
 I thought I had one of the best nights of my life on the Halloween tour but this just takes the biscuit! I think for anyone interested in paranormal this is the place for you.
 The staff are absolutely lovely, you can ask them anything and they will help you. The Paranormal team are incredible, they're gifted brave people who made my very first lockdown so special and Aidan is an amazing man overall, it's without a doubt one of the most special places and will always hold a place in my heart.
Loftus Hall....You Amaze Me!!

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