Haunting times at Shankill Castle

Between the haunted Castle and the spooky graveyard, Halloween is set to be very scary this year at Shankill Castle in Paulstown. There are a variety of activities for all ages, but not much for the faint of heart!

Between the haunted Castle and the spooky graveyard, Halloween is set to be very scary this year at Shankill Castle in Paulstown. There are a variety of activities for all ages, but not much for the faint of heart!

There are a series of workshops available for children where they can make their own magic wands and writing quills while learning about trees and birds or make their own funky eco-costume out of everyday recycled materials.

Most spooky of all is the spine-chilling ScareTrail led by Shankill Castle’s resident ghost. Visitors will be taken to the eeriest parts of the haunted Castle, dating from Norman times, and around the ruins of the early Christian Church and graveyard, which gave the castle its name. All of the skeletons will be out of Shankill Castle’s closet with these exclusive tours, as they explore parts of the house that are not in the regular castle tour.

The Scare Fest is in conjunction with the food festival Savour Kilkenny. There will be a feast where guests can enjoy a four-course meal. The evening starts with a champagne reception in the Drawing Room where residents past may appear unexpectedly. Dinner will be served in the dining room by a host of strange characters. All the food will be sourced locally, with vegetables and fruit fresh from Castle’s walled garden. Complementary wine will be served with every course.

Apart from the spookiness, Shankill Castle is set in landscaped grounds surrounded by woodland. Distinctive features include a magical moated garden, a fully restored ornamental canal, spectacular specimen trees and a Victorian walled garden. It is open to the public throughout the summer and at other times and for groups by appointment.

It is also home of artist Elizabeth Cope where her works can be viewed.

For more information contact Sybil Cope on 087 7672656 or email sybilcope@gmail.com.