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2008-08-26 23:24:18
"The Hell Fire Club on a Summers Eve" from wicklore Contract pics
Picture: The Hell Fire Club on a Summers Eve (Contract pics)

Old Nick in the hills
Reading Padodes comments about burnt hillsides got me thinking about Mountpelier Hill, which is at the northern end of the Dublin/Wicklow range and affords an amazing view of Dublin below. It is more commonly known as "The Hell Fire Club" hill, and situated at the summit is an unbelievably spooky and darkly brooding stone building, the famous Hell Fire Club. I remember taking a group of children up to it and telling them the various stories about supernatural activity associated with the place. (Old Nick himself apparently appeared there and a visit to the place will make you understand why). Anyway, just as my story to the children reached the point where the Devil torched the hillside what happens but we stumble across a section of the woods that had indeed been torched. It made an eerie backdrop to the story to inhale the smell of charcoal and gingerly step over charred wood.
Montpelier Hill doesn’t qualify under any MV criteria-it is only 383m, and doesn't have the 150m prominence, but I would definitely recommend it as a place to bring children. They (and you) will enjoy exploring its many rooms, and even the adults will be looking over their shoulders in its cold, creepy interior!
Unfortunately it bears all the scars of being so easily accessible from Dublin - litter, graffiti and sometimes antisocial behaviour. Thus the carpark has been closed to the public but there is room on the road in front of the gate for parking.
See http://blather.net/blather/1998/10/the_irish_hellfire_club_no_smo.html for pictures and a somewhat humorous history of the place.
If MV is about the history and folklore of the hills, little Mountpelier Hill deserves a sneaky place at the table!
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