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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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November at Castletown

November at Castletown

Hello from Castletown, where we are looking forward to a busy November. Daily guided tours end for the season on the fifth of this month, so if you were planning on taking a tour of the house, you have just a few days left. As a special treat during mid-term...

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Venue Hire at Castletown

Venue Hire at Castletown

Castletown House provides a unique setting in Ireland to host your event and offers both state-of-the art conference facilities in the former Stable Wing as well as several beautiful historic rooms inside the main house for state and corporate functions, photo shoots,...

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October at Castletown

October at Castletown

We would love to welcome you to the wide variety of events that Castletown has to offer this month! You can also download a full programme of events for 2017 here, or pick up a copy on your next visit. Don’t forget that aside from special events, the house is open...

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A Servant’s Life at Castletown

A Servant’s Life at Castletown

Sandra Murphy & Dorothea Depner This year, as part of our Heritage Week celebrations in August, the guides in Castletown decided to offer something new: a ‘below stairs’ tour of Castletown House. We had already created a children’s ‘above stairs’ tour earlier in...

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September at Castletown

September at Castletown

Welcome to September at Castletown! We have some wonderful and exciting events going on in the house and parkland this month, to which we would love to welcome you. We are also open daily for guided tours, or for coffees and lunch in the café. Did you know you can...

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Princess Grace in Ireland as Remembered by You

Princess Grace in Ireland as Remembered by You

By Dorothea Depner, Exhibition Organiser Not long after we launched Grace: Photographs, 1955–1969 something intriguing happened: several people got in touch to share with us their memories and personal mementoes of Princess Grace’s visits to Ireland in 1961 and 1965....

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August at Castletown

August at Castletown

Welcome to the August events update for Castletown. We have a packed list of things to do in Castletown this month, so why not get out the diary and reserve time for yourself to enjoy an evening concert, an afternoon classic movie, or lunch in the café while the...

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The Irish Landmark Trust at Castletown

Create a special lifelong memory, and stay in one of the Irish Landmark Trust properties at Castletown; the Castletown Round House, Gate Lodge or Batty Langley Lodge. Read on for more details of each of these extraordinary locations.   [gallery type="rectangular"...

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