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Books About Castletown

Books About Castletown

An Active Research Programme It is our mission at Castletown ‘to conserve, protect and hold in trust’ this historic site and its contents, ‘in accordance with their national importance and use’. Working closely with the Castletown Foundation as well as the...

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Christmas at Castletown

Christmas at Castletown

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin: Christmas market with live crib and music, Santa in Castletown House, music, storytelling, gift ideas - there is a lot to discover and do at Castletown this December!     Winter Opening The restored Crimson Drawing...

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The Collection at Castletown: Treasures Lost and Found

The Collection at Castletown: Treasures Lost and Found

Castletown, in the words of Kevin B. Nowlan, former Professor of Modern History, is an Italian palace set on the banks of the River Liffey. At the time it was built, contemporary commentators expected it to be no less than ‘the epitome of the Kingdom, and all the...

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Count Dracula, his Female Victims and Castletown House

Count Dracula, his Female Victims and Castletown House

By Dr. Catherine Bergin, Guide & Information Officer     When one thinks of Castletown House, the words ‘Bram Stoker’ and ‘Dracula’, rarely, if ever, spring to mind. Yet thanks to Monaghan scholar Fearghal Duffy a connection between this stately...

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October at Castletown

October at Castletown

Our musical events this month include the songs of John McCormack and Leonard Cohen, baroque orchestral music as well as classical music for piano and violin - doesn't that sound good! We are also hosting a play in the Hunting Room which has won rave reviews both on...

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Lady Louisa

Lady Louisa

Castletown flourished under Thomas Conolly and Lady Louisa. Lady Louisa, the third of the famous daughters of the Duke of Richmond, had spent much of her childhood at Carton near Maynooth, the home of her sister Emily, Countess of Kildare and later Duchess of...

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September at Castletown

September at Castletown

This month, we have some wonderful opera lined up for you, as well as some exciting musical events, an astronomy workshop, and much more! You can access all our events at any time on our Calendar; for directions on how to get to Castletown, please click here. If we...

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Special Tours in 2018

Special Tours in 2018

  Take a Closer Look This season, Castletown is delighted to introduce a new programme of occasional ‘Closer Look Tours’, in which our guides will focus in greater depth on aspects of Castletown’s architecture, interiors, and parklands. Each tour will explore...

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August Newsletter

August Newsletter

August is shaping up to be the busiest month of the summer here at Castletown! August is the month for National Heritage Week, which takes place from the 18th to the 26th. The theme this year is 'Sharing Stories', and we have a number of interesting talks and...

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Exhibitions in 2018

Exhibitions in 2018

My Friend Picasso: 125 Photographs by Edward Quinn 14 May – 2 September 2018 Gallery, Second Floor, Castletown House Admission to the exhibition is included in your ticket to the house. Discover the world of one of the greatest modern painters – Pablo Picasso –...

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The Crimson Drawing Room Restored

The Crimson Drawing Room Restored

Dr. Dorothea Depner When we speak of Castletown House we tend to seize on its architectural significance as Ireland’s first and largest neo-Palladian country house and focus on the house’s heyday in the eighteenth century to the exclusion of later periods. At the...

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July at Castletown

July at Castletown

We are looking forward to a great July at Castletown. First up is our mini Summer Film Festival which ties in with our major exhibition this year. We also have a brand new exhibition, some incredible Lego workshops, and a special themed tour. Scroll on down for all...

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Castletown Through French Eyes

Castletown Through French Eyes

By Mégane Thoumire, intern The past three months went by so fast, probably because I have been making the most of my internship in this beautiful country that I love, but also and particularly because I have had the opportunity to grow professionally while working in...

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June at Castletown

June at Castletown

We have lots of great reasons for you to visit Castletown this month, from a violin concert with Lynda O'Connor to outdoors swing music! Don’t forget that aside from special events, the house is open daily for regular guided tours; you can read all about those at this...

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Biodiversity at Castletown

Biodiversity at Castletown

By Cathy Mahon Last year, Castletown House Demesne received a Pollinator Award, from the National Biodiversity Data Centre (N.B.D.C.) as part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (A.I.P.P.) for 2015 – 2020. According to Rory Finnegan, Head Gardener, that was validation...

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May at Castletown

May at Castletown

Hello from Castletown, where the weather is starting to show signs of summer! There is so much to do outdoors at Castletown, and our visitors have been enjoying walks and picnics in the sunshine. We have a major new exhibition launching this month, as well as musical...

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Wildlife at Castletown

Wildlife at Castletown

By Rory Finnegan, Head Gardener One year after receiving a Green Flag Award and an All Ireland Pollinator Award, we are continuing to monitor, assess and manage Castletown House and Parklands with its wildlife needs as a priority. In February, for example, we removed...

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Sleeping Beauty Awakens: Discover Castletown in 2018!

Sleeping Beauty Awakens: Discover Castletown in 2018!

By Dr Dorothea Depner   Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura discovering the many links that exist between Castletown and Italy on their tour with OPW guide Antonella Guarracino   As it happens, it was not a prince but the Italian...

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The Castletown Foundation

The Castletown Foundation

  The Castletown Foundation is an educational charity which was established in 1979 and owned Castletown until 1994. The Foundation presented the House with thirteen acres and the Conolly Folly to the Irish State, and the Office of Public Works has subsequently...

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December at Castletown

December at Castletown

Welcome to December at Castletown, and if it is not too early, Merry Christmas! We have two Christmas markets this month to help you get into the spirit! The house is closed for the winter right now, but you can take a virtual tour at any time of the year, with either...

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