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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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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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