Success, Networking & Scares at Loftus Hall: 23rd February 2017


Unprecedented interest in Wexford Chamber’s eeriest Business After Hours at Loftus Hall.

Hosted in the most haunted house in Ireland, Loftus Hall, Wexford Chamber welcomed over 100 attendees to the Hook Peninsula for a networking event with a difference. Wexford Bus kindly provided transport to and from the event ensuring anyone who had any nervous jitters arrived safely. This event on 23rd February not only forged new business relationships and strengthened existing ties, but did so in a unique way that has been described as, ‘an excellent, spooky event’, ‘an amazing experience’ and ‘a fabulous venue’, by Chamber members.

Attendees were treated to a guided taster tour which showcased what Loftus Hall has to offer. After a prize draw, 6 brave participants were lucky enough to briefly witness Loftus Hall’s paranormal lockdown experience first-hand, guided by Mary Mernagh, Loftus Hall’s Paranormal Investigator.

Speaking at the event Anne Power, Loftus Hall’s Customer Relationship Development Manager, encouraged Wexford businesses to work collaboratively, ‘A unified approach will result in increased visitor numbers to Wexford, and this will benefit all businesses via a ripple effect. Although Loftus Hall is a relatively small price offering business, we strive to add value to the experience of everyone’s customer, increasing good will and dwell time in Wexford.’

Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber added that the vast range of businesses from different sectors working together and in attendance at the event indicated that, ‘Wexford continues to punch above it’s weight in terms of economic development, particularly where tourism is concerned.’

Karl Fitzpatrick, President of Wexford Chamber commented that the huge numbers in attendance is testament to the popularity, intrigue and curiosity created by Ireland’s most haunted building. “When I talk about success, I think about Aidan Quigley purchasing this building back in 2011. Its legend was certainly well known but perhaps it had become a forgotten tourist gem.  But Aidan and the team have resurrected the legend and brought it to the forefront of the Wexford tourism experience and from what we see in front of us this evening, they have definitely subscribed to the mantra that the devil is truly in the detail.”

“It is important that we recognise the important role which experiential tourism plays for both the local and national tourism product and Aidan has absolutely embraced this idea and developed an experience which has thrilled tourists from both Ireland and abroad,” Karl concluded.

Loftus Hall continue to expand its service offering, highlighted by the introduction of paranormal lockdown and the recent initiative which saw the opening of the master bedroom for an overnight stay as part of a promotional campaign with Beat 102-103.

This joint venture between Wexford Chamber and Loftus Hall saw over 100 registered attendees but on the night the K2 meter reading was continually spiking at the bottom of the servant’s staircase, showing that an energy was present, so who knows exactly how many attendees were actually there…

Loftus Hall is currently open at weekends. Gates open 7 days a week throughout Easter ~ 8th to the 23rd April. The next scheduled paranormal lockdown takes place on Saturday 11th March. Places can be booked via the website.  To find out more visit www.loftushall.ie, email info@loftushall.ie, or call 051 397728.

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