Charleville: rumours of devil worship in the basement // Charleville Castle, County Offaly, Ireland (Gerard Kenny)

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Charleville: rumours of devil worship in the basement

One of the early owners of Charleville Castle, built in the early 19th century but looking much older because constructed in the Gothic Revival style, was rumoured to practise devil worship in the basement. Subsequent paranormal investigations were cut short after visitors' faces were scratched and a cameraman dragged along a corridor leading to the basement.

The castle is also believed to be haunted by the ghost of Harriet, the daughter of the third Earl of Charleville, who died after an accident on the staircase in 1961. In addition, the second Earl of Charleville was high up in the Masonic order and as a result several rooms feature mysterious Masonic symbolism. Watch out for dodgy handshakes if you visit...

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