Love Haunted Carlow

Sequel to the prequel

I arrived at the grounds as it grew dark, I could see the rays of the setting sun creeping up through the clouds. It was utterly spooky, almost as though Duckett’s Grove was setting the scene for the evening that was.
As I walked up the driveway I was greeted by two enormous cast iron gates. I had to use my phone as torch (as
standard I forgot to bring the required ‘tool’) I confidently pushed the gate’ “creeeeeeeek’…
I was greeted by colourful lights strung atop the walls and buildings, dimly lighting the way to the reception desk. There was a sense of romance despite the looming notion that I was knowingly going on a ghost hunt.
Once signed in and given my lanyard I totted off to find the rest of my group. There were 3 groups of about 8. I was in group B.

It begins

Josie led us by flashlight through the archway of the walled gardens to where our first experiment would take place. Through squinted eyes I could make out a table placed in the middle of the lawn, it had a glass on it.
This technique for communicating with the spirit world is called ‘glass tipping’.
Four of us stood around the table, and placed one finger each lightly on the glass. We established a person for the answer ‘yes’ and another for ‘no’. We then began moving the glass in a soft circular motion around the table to create an energy flow. Josie encouraged us to introduce ourselves and to invite any spirits that were present, to let us know they were there.
Once I’d had a go at asking some questions, I stood back to let someone else in on the action.  I thought ‘I’ll take some pictures’, maybe even if I’m ‘lucky’, catch a spirit on camera!
Lo and behold, I couldn’t get the camera to work! My negligence perhaps? Or some serious, straight up paranormal activity!?
Once the session had finished, we all headed over to the tea rooms to discuss our experiences and warm up. The tea and biscuits were spot on, thanks Madeleine!

 Experiment Two

The second experiment took us to the basement of the house.
We were separated into two groups of four, investigating two different rooms.
The first room I went into had two chairs, back to back, facing the walls. Two of us sat in the chairs, whilst the other two observed us by torch light.
We were to record on paper what we were experiencing. Taking note of how we felt physically, mentally, emotionally and any strange thoughts we might be having.
The results were quite uncanny! Our team leaders seemed really pleased, as the information we were providing corresponded with other teams that had experimented in these places before us.

Experiment Three

The third experiment, took us to another room in the basement.
Four of us stood in a ’square circle’ around two recording devices. An AVP (Audible Voice Phenomena) which records sounds/voices as the natural ear hears. And an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) which records sounds that the natural ear may not hear but will be recognised when playing the recording back.
It was a small room, with a very large opening that may have been a window of some description. There was a slither of light coming from the night sky, it was essentially pitch black. I still couldn’t take pictures.
This was when things got weird for me!
As we were standing in position, asking anyone present to make contact, I became very uncomfortable. We were certain that something ominous was in that room with us.
Not long into the session I started to feel ill to my stomach and needed to sit down! I was spooked.
Once we’d wrapped up the basement, we headed back to the tea rooms for toasties and tea.


After some excited and shaken discussion with the groups, and from my own experiences, I came to the conclusion that Duckett’s Grove is shrouded in mystery and the paranormal, it was my time to high tail it out of there!
The event staff of truth seekers paranormal were truly great. They were knowledgable, enthusiastic and they weren’t afraid of no ghosts! In fact everyone that got involved in the event were brave, cooperative and respectful which led to a smoothly run, really enjoyable event.
I’d definitely meet up with them again for another hunt.
A special thanks to Madeleine and her girls in the tea rooms for keeping our energy and spirits high, providing delicious food and warming bevy’s, much needed on a the long cold night that it was!
Well thats my story… Go check it out yourselves if you’re brave enough!
Editors note:
Huge thanks to Josie Ronan for sharing her pictures with us.
Truth seekers Paranormal raised €1,070 for Ducketts Grove from this event!! sponsored the bloggers attendance at this event.

We’re going on a ghost hunt…….

We asked Katerina Dillon to take part in the Ducketts Grove Ghost hunt, Saturday the 30th of September. She is currently writing about her experience but here is what she had to say before she went in.

Before the hunt.

“I’ve always been the adventurous type, I’ve always enjoyed a scaring the crap out of myself and others! A favourite past time of mine being, jumping out and yelling ‘BOO’ at people (no one in particular) when they’re exiting toilets and the likes!
Take me to a carnival and I’m heading straight to the ‘house of horrors’ or the terribly predictable ‘ghost train’, but never by myself lol.
I remember as a child, seeing a ghost for the first time. It was a young girl. I saw her sitting on end of the couch in the old flat I grew up in in London. Conveniently it was halloween, but much to my delight, there were other witnesses, so I knew, even as a 6 year old child that I wasn’t going mad!
I’ve had many other experiences, similar to my first, so I guess I have some sort of susceptibility or sixth sense to these energies, or whatever it is you want to call them. To be honest I’m not entirely sure of what my opinion is on what ghosts are or how a poltergeist moves physical objects, but I do know my curiosity is always firing to experience more of the paranormal and the unknown!
In saying that, when Jacinta at asked me to go and partake in ‘The worlds largest ghost hunt’ at Duckett’s Grove (on her behalf because she’s a scaredy cat) I jumped at the chance!
I’ve done some research on the place and its history, I’m sure there’s plenty of scares to be had between the banshee and the farmers daughter alone!
The closest I’ve come to an organised ghost hunt is reenacting ghost busters or a taking a tour around Loftus Hall, so it’s pretty safe to say I’m kinda bricking it lol!
Lets hope that curiosity doesn’t actually kill the Kat!!”

Woodford SWAT – Giving back to local charities.

“Giving is not just about making a donation; it’s about making a difference”..Cathy Calvin, President of the United Nations Foundation.

Taking inspiration from Ms Calvins famous quote above, Woodford Dolmen Hotel are introduced the Woodford SWAT Team!  The Woodford SWAT team, standing for Supporting Working Achieving Together is a fundraising initiative involving all hotel management & staff.  The brainchild of the marketing team, the idea behind SWAT is to assist local charities, clubs, groups etc in their fundraising efforts by taking part in their events, helping to raise funds while also raising awareness & promotion rather than just giving monetary donations or spotprizes.

As one of Carlow’s longest established hotel businesses with over 40 years experience of delivering excellent customer service and a friendly welcome to locals and visitors alike the hotel is no stranger to supporting and being involved in the community.  Since the start the SWAT team pushed their stamina to the limits taking part in 5km and 10km runs including Charlie Curran,  Run with the Lions and Christmas jingle jogs, have cycled 100’s of kilometres in cycles including the Tour of Kildare in aid of Maire Keating and the great Cycle against Suicide spinoff helping to spread the message that “its OK not to feel Ok & its absolutely Ok to ask for help”.

What SWAT have done.

They have battled their way through muddy rivers & climbed over haystacks in 2 Muckfests and enjoyed a very early morning run with the Pieta house’s Darkness into Light. They’ve tested their general knowledge in table quiz’s, helped to clean up the town during Love Carlow organised Clean up Days & in early October will be serving teas & coffees to the public while volunteering in the Carlow Mental Health pop up coffee shop during Mensana Week. One very talented staff member even gave Tina Turner a run for her money when she took part in the Rise Foundations Stars in the Rise song contest held in the hotel.

Aisling Maher, Sales & Marketing Manager says “Apart from the goodwill feeling from knowing that the team are helping raise much needed funds for so many worthwhile charities & organisations, taking part in these events gives us all a great sense of personal achievement along with boosting overall team building & staff morale so it’s a win win for everyone”

The Woodford SWAT team are always looking for their next challenge and they want you to tell them about upcoming events they can take part in – you set the challenge the SWAT team will take it on!  If your club or charity would like the Woodford SWAT team to get involved contact us at or talk to Aisling on 059-9142002.