Wexford People - - WHAT’S ON -

IN 2012, the Quigley fam­ily bought the im­pos­ing Lof­tus Hall and opened it to the pub­lic for the first time in 20 years.

To cel­e­brate six years since the res­ur­rec­tion of the build­ing there will be a fam­ily fun day at the man­sion on Sun­day, July 15, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. when vis­i­tors will be able to get free en­try to the newly re­stored walled gar­dens.

In the six years since the house has been un­der the ten­ure of the Quigley fam­ily the grounds have been re­stored to their former 17 th Cen­tury glory in ad­di­tion to an in­ter­ac­tive vis­i­tor cen­tre be­ing de­vel­oped.

There is also a cafe and bar­be­cue area while guided tours re­lay the creepy sto­ries as­so­ci­ated with the build­ing’s past.

The birth­day cel­e­bra­tions will fea­ture lots of fun fam­ily-friendly events in­clud­ing the whacky cir­cus col­lec­tive ‘Rav­ish­ing Rapella’s Mag­nif­i­cently Mis­fit Cir­cus’.

Speak­ing about the up­com­ing event owner, Ai­dan Quigley, said: ‘When we bought the house in 2012 it had stood derelict and unloved for over 20 years. How­ever, it wasn’t our in­ten­tion to make any rad­i­cal changes to the house it­self [and] we have in­stead pre­served it - thus pre­serv­ing the mys­tique and enigma sur­round­ing the leg­end of Lof­tus Hall.’

He ac­knowl­edged the work, per­se­ver­ance and ‘amaz­ing skills’ of head gar­dener Bar­bara Kelly in mak­ing the grounds look out­stand­ing.

‘They now fea­ture a Vic­to­rian wa­ter fea­ture gar­den and Parterre gar­den.’ he said.

‘We’ve also added lux­u­ri­ous yurts and camp­ing pods so peo­ple can be part of the true Lof­tus Hall ex­pe­ri­ence at night,’ he added.

‘We’re de­lighted to cel­e­brate our sixth birth­day with the pub­lic who have shown us great sup­port since we took own­er­ship of the build­ing in 2012.’

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