Friday, 14 January 2011
The Other Hellfire Club
The remains of Ireland's Hellfire Club, situated at 1275 feet atop Mount Pelier, near Rathfarnham. It was built in 1725 by a Mr. Connolly, one of the wealthiest men in Ireland, upon the site of a Neolithic stone circle and passage tomb.
The ceremonies conducted by the male and female Hellfire Clubbers, which included mock crucifixions, were said to have been presided over by a huge black cat, but the cult came to an end in the 1740s after an outraged clergyman present at one of the meetings prayed so strongly that the cat flew through the ceiling at a fantastic speed, never to be seen again. Ten years later the building was a heap of ruins, and the members met no more.