Looking like the archetypal haunted castle, Kilkea is located in County Kildare, Ireland, a medieval stronghold of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare.
The castle is particularly associated with Gerald, the 11th Earl of Kildare known as the “Wizard Earl”, who became the eldest male of the Geraldines when only 12 years of age after his half brother “Silken Thomas” the 10th Earl and five uncles were executed at Tyburn in 1537.
The “Wizard Earl” escaped Ireland being sent to the continent to be educated, and following his return to Kildare and restoration to his titles his interest in alchemy caused much interest among his neighbours around Kilkea Castle and he was said to possess magic powers. He died in 1585 and is supposed to return to the castle every seventh year mounted on a silver-shod white charger.
And tonight’s the night!