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,...

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...

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...

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...