The Hellfire Club is located on top of Mountpellier Hill in the Dublin Mountains. The building was originally a hunting lodge built in 1725. Originally, there was a Cairn (passage grave) on this site, and stones were taken from the Cairn and used in the construction of the lodge. Soon after completion, a storm blew the roof off, which led locals to believe that it was the work of the devil, for interfering with the Cairn.
The reputation of this place was further enhanced when the lodge was used by the Hellfire club from 1735 to 1741. There were numerous stories of erratic and wild behaviour, as well as occult practices and demonic manifestations. When the building was destroyed by fire, the members of the Hellfire club relocated down the hill to a building known as the Stewards House, which itself has a reputation for being haunted; most notably by a huge black cat.
Today the Hellfire club and its forested grounds are owned by the Irish Forestry authority, and is open to the public.
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delpeoples (48660) 2012-05-04 16:29
Hehehehe sorry I had to laugh at the name of this place, as in Sydney it used be the name of a bondage nightclub :) But I can see that its namesake has just as interesting a story to tell. This shot is extremely well composed with the front ruin/obelisk providing an excellent anchor for the photo, allowing the eye to naturally move through the image to the other ruins. The colours are excellent, very natural, although again I think you could push the contrast a bit or at least the black tones. And your depth of field is superb, giving us all the beautiful details of both ruins and what lies beyond in the distance. Excellent shot, thanks for sharing.
Warm regards, have a great weekend
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-06 14:28
I was surprised to find that only one person critiqued this photo, even though it was viewed 1600 times! I guess people are very superstitious:))
I like this photo a lot and the note is very informative and useful.
You could not have chosen better weather than this to showcase this place properly! And right below the cloud you can glimpse the land below to understand how high up this place must be.
Very good job!