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SHOPPING FOR FASHION, 18TH CENTURY STYLE! To be transported back in time to another era, to learn about the cultural, social and political attitudes of that time is what makes period dramas so popular. For me, I was especially fascinated by the peculiarities and...

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Castletown House Stables and why it merits a closer look….

Castletown House Stables and why it merits a closer look….

Castletown House, built in the early 18th century by William Conolly, is one of Ireland’s largest and finest Palladian houses in Ireland. Now in the hands of the OPW, thousands visit Castletown every year to see this architecture gem and learn about its history. Yet...

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Focus on Miniatures – Georgiana Bloomfield

The Honourable Georgiana Bloomfield was born on 4 Oct 1809 daughter of Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron of Oakhampton and Redwood in Co Tipperary and (Douglas) Bloomfield. Little is written about Georgiana and indeed she is much overshadowed by her namesake who married...

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Irish Portrait Miniatures in focus

Marguerite Gardiner, neé Power (1789 – 1849) Countess of Blessington. This beautiful miniature is after a portrait by Thomas Lawrence. Marguerite Power was born near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Her father was Edmund Power, a small landowner. As a child, she loved to read,...

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The Dining Room

During the 18th century, the dining room had become one of the biggest and best rooms in the grand house, with plate on the sideboard and large numbers of liveried footmen attending to individual needs and wants. Where previously in the 17th century the saloon had...

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BRONZE AGE BURIALS AT CASTLETOWN

WHAT LIES BENEATH - THE GRASSY KNOLL? FRONT LAWN... Anyone familiar with Castletown Parklands might on a sunny day in the past, have sat or 'picnicked' on the grass front lawn between the high hedge and Castletown House (begun 1722)  and looked admiringly towards the...

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Routines

Days spent entirely at home. New routines to follow, days to plan and hours to occupy? Are you finding yourself craving the routine that many of us have had to set aside temporarily? Over the past few weeks words like social distancing, isolation and cocooning have...

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Lifting the lid on the chamber pot

One would assume that the chamber pot need no introduction but just in case, a chamber pot is, for want of a better term, a portable toilet. Or pot. Yes, for your business. And in the 18th century, the century we will deal with in this short blog, that was more or...

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Through the years – Music at Castletown

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” – Plato   It has been my privilege these past years, as music co-ordinator at Castletown, to meet some of the most gifted and talented people. I have been...

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Breeding Bees! Castletown House Solitary Bee Project 2019

  As part of our ongoing support for the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, Castletown began a pilot project in 2019. Its aims were: 1: To educate our visitors about the value, importance and life cycle of our solitary mason bees. 2: To manage our red mason bee...

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Kids activity time!

Try Kate's Disney quiz! All the clues are pictures of things in Castletown House relate to a Disney film, see how may you can guess! Answers will be posted tomorrow...good luck!   KateDisneyQuiz converted

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Homeschooling: History

Here are todays worksheets for the little ones to do while at home and if any little ones want to know anything else about what is on these sheets, parents can ask on their behalf on our Facebook page @castletownhouse Our expert guides are ready and waiting to answer...

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Valentine’s Day!

Castletown’s Colourful Characters: Lady Sarah My dear soul what possessed? ‘My dear soul what possessed you?’ a seemingly exasperated Lady Louisa asked her sister Lady Sarah in a letter dated 26 January 1762. Lady Sarah, sister of Castletown’s Lady Louisa Conolly (née...

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February News

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020! We are delighted to reveal.... Castletown's winter cleaning is nearly finished!!   And we are busy preparing the house for the coming 2020 season... The house will be open for tours from the 5th March 2020. Tours on the hour,...

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Heritage Ireland latest e-zine

Heritage Ireland latest e-zine

Welcome to the Summer-Autumn 2019 edition of the Heritage Ireland ezine! Summer and the busy season are in full swing at our wonderful heritage sites. Naturally it has been an eventful time for us getting ready for visitor season and of course we have the perennial...

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Movie Magic at Castletown

Movie Magic at Castletown

Movie Magic at Castletown This blog will look back at some of the TV shows and movies which used Castletown as a location. In 1983 Castletown’s Courtyard café changed its name for Educating Rita. Remington Steele aired its final episodes in 1987 and Castletown...

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Castletown 2019 – A New Season

Castletown 2019 – A New Season

Castletown 2019 by Deirdre Cullen Castletown House reopens to the public on Friday 1st March. During the winter break our OPW conservation team has been busy cleaning and caring for the house, we’ve been preparing an exciting programme of events, and we'll be open for...

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Valentines Competition

Valentines Competition

This competition has now closed. Thanks to all who entered. A winner will be selected today. Check here later to see if you have won! Win a Romantic Break for 2 This great prize brought to you by the OPW and Irish Landmark includes: 2 Nights self catering...

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