Duckett’s Grove is a former great house, originally built in 1745 and set in what would then have been 12,000 acres of land in county Carlow. The house was later rebuilt and then remodelled in the 19th century, to form the gothic property, the shell of which we see today.
Sadly, the property was gutted by fire in April 1933, and all the original features and furnishings were lost forever. Today, the building itself is a haunting and inaccessible ruin, but two historic walled gardens – which have been completely restored – are now open to the public. Christmas Markets and other events also take place on extensive grounds.
Duckett’s Grove has been visited by many a paranormal enthusiast over the years, each keen to learn more about the ghostly goings-on in and around the imposing structure.
Given the sad state of the house itself and the troubled times that it has seen, a curse that was placed upon it many years ago may have had the desired effect. It is said that William Duckett was having an affair with a young, local woman. One day, when riding across the estate together, she fell from her horse and was killed. In her grief, the woman’s mother placed a Piseóg upon the Duckett family and their property. This was a curse intended to bring misfortune and eventual ruin. Since the spell was cast, the wailing of a banshee has been heard on occasion, echoing through the ruins of the house, and warning those who hear her cries of impending personal tragedy.
Although sealed off to the public, those who have accessed the building itself have reported strange occurrences in the derelict building. The noise and fuss of a busy kitchen have been heard where the great house kitchen and pantry once stood, and disembodied voices, mysterious lights, and full-bodied apparitions have also been spotted. The ghost of William Duckett himself has been seen, still riding a horse, and possibly reliving the fateful day in which his mistress fell to her death. A ghostly horse and carriage have also been seen pulling up to the ruined house.
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