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TV crew hopes banshee will put on a show at castle ruins

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Published 16/03/2011 | 05:00

A US television crew has taken over the ruins of an Irish castle to broadcast a live paranormal reality show to millions of viewers on St Patrick's Day.

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NBC vans are crawling all over rural Co Carlow where a team of more than 120 workers travelled from New York and Los Angeles to make the programme.

The ruins of the historic Duckett's Grove Castle in Carlow is the location for the US show 'Destination Truth' which will air on the SyFy channel tomorrow.

Josh Gates and his team of paranormal investigators will be armed with "equipment, expertise and humour" as they attempt to solve the mystery behind the age-old legend of the banshee.

Mr Gates said the live show will be unedited. "It'll be hi-tech for parts of it and parts will be low-tech," he said. "It is a combination of very interesting technology and good old-fashioned techniques."

Last year, two million viewers tuned in to watch the St Patrick's Day broadcast of the show.

Irish tourism chiefs hope the network's decision to broadcast the show from Duckett's Grove will put Carlow on the map as a destination for American visitors.

CEO of Carlow Tourism Eileen O'Rourke said the site's architectural heritage gave it an "air of mystery and intrigue".

The imposing gothic castle is situated on 12,000 acres of land and was once home to the Duckett family. The programme will air at 11pm Irish time on www.syfy.com/destinationtruth and on the SyFy channel.

Irish Independent

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