There's Some Serious Outrage Over An Erotic Festival Taking Place In This Picturesque Irish Castle
It features talks, hot tubs, massages and 'pleasurable experiences' – but not everyone is happy
Narrow Water Castle, which overlooks Carlingford Lough in Co Down, is not perhaps the location you would expect for the Bliss Ireland Festival – which aims to promote sexual freedom, health and pleasure in mind, body and spirit.
But not everybody is happy about it. One of the trustees of the venue, Sir William Hall, is up in arms and is trying to have the event halted – and he's gone so far as to write a strongly-worded letter to the Northern Irish attorney general on the matter.
"Sex toys will be on sale, talks will be given which may purport to be serious but the real object is the giving of sexual titillation and gratification to the participants in the festival. Nudity and acts of sexual intercourse will be prevalent."Sir William Hall, writing to NI attorney general John Larkin
His solicitor added: "Most of the Hall family agree with Sir William and are extremely annoyed that this obscene festival should sully the Hall Estate and family name."
However, control of the venue is maintained by Sir William's nephew Marcus, who's been in a legal wrangle with his uncle over money – and while he has no involvement in the festival, he doesn't seem to be moving to shut it down.
The festival, according to its website: "offers workshops, talks, presentations, performances, rituals, ceremonies, massage and other wellness experiences, delicious food, art, entertainment and much more at a venue immersed in natural beauty for approximately 400 people".
All over the age of 18 are welcome irrespective of sexual orientation, gender, relationship status, religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, ability and age.Bliss Ireland
Hardly cause for panic, is it?