Forthcoming Events

Events 2018

TOWERS AND TALES

THE LISMORE STORY FESTIVAL

SATURDAY MAY 5TH

Join us on Saturday 5th May as once again, the castle & historic town of Lismore provide the enchanting and inspirational setting for a celebration of books, stories and illustration. The festival is designed to give young audiences unforgettable, creative and transformational experiences with books. The festival features a line-up of best-selling Irish & international writers and illustrators. There will be an array of free and ticketed events.

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OPERA AT LISMORE CASTLE

L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI

MAY 29TH - JUNE 3RD

This summer, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival brings unforgettable opera to Lismore Castle, and beautiful music to the Great Houses of The Black Water Valley through a series of recitals and concerts.

Rossini’s fun and beguiling l’Italiana in Algeri takes centre stage at Lismore Castle, while Lismore Cathedral will ring with the sounds of award-winning pianist Máire Carroll. This year the festival have also teamed up with Irish Heritage, the RDS, and Garsington and Nevill Holt operas to create a truly exciting programme. Add international cellist Nadège Rochat, playing the music of Irish composer Ina Boyle at the newly-restored Dromore Yard, together with a full programme of chamber music to enjoy, and the newly-rechristened Blackwater Valley Opera Festival is a must for opera devotees and the musically curious alike.

The Festival is also a great social occasion, as visitors dine in the Castle gardens, and enjoy the hospitality of the Blackwater Valley’s many wonderful restaurants and houses. Taking place from May 29th to June 3rd, tickets sell out fast, so book now at www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com.

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SCYTHING WORKSHOPS

FRIDAY JUNE 1ST & FRIDAY JULY 6TH, 10AM - 4PM

Join the Garden Team on one of two available dates for Scythe Workshops.

The Gardens Team will demonstrate all aspects of this skill, from caring for the blade, to scything techniques and environmental benefits.

Booking essential: €80, lunch included
Friends Scheme Member price €70

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CURATOR'S TOUR OF EXHIBITION WITH PAUL MCAREE

SATURDAY 28 JULY, 2PM

Rashid Johnson, The New Black Yoga, 2011 Image courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Join us for curator Paul McAree’s tour of the Rashid Johnson exhibition across the gardens and gallery.

Free event, no booking necessary. Meet in gallery reception area.

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CULTURE NIGHT & CATALOGUE LAUNCH

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 7PM

Join us for Culture Night, and a tour from the Cotton Library at St Carthage’s Cathedral, where you will hear about this rarely seen collection of books, to Lismore Castle, to take in the Rashid Johnson exhibition and the official launch of the catalogue.

Free admission - please call to confirm places on tour. Places limited at St Carthage’s Cathedral. 058 54061. The tour begins at the Cathedral at 7pm.

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END OF SEASON PARTY

SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER, 3-6PM

With music, food, and drinks, join us to celebrate the last open day of the gardens and Rashid Johnson exhibition.

Normal admission applies - drinks complimentary! No booking necessary.

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HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER, 7.30PM

The return of our ever popular Halloween Film night. We are delighted to host A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) - the rst Iranian vampire lm. Enjoy popcorn and a beer to make a night of it in the atmospheric Pugin Hall.

Booking Essential: €15, snacks & complimentary soft drinks included. Pay bar available for wine and beer. Over 18s event!
Friends Scheme Member price €12

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LECTURE - KATE BRINDLEY & CHARLES NOBLE

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER, 7.30PM

Join Kate Brindley (Director of Exhibitions, Chatsworth House) and Charles Noble (Curator, Collections Documentation, Chatsworth), for a history of the restoration of Lismore Castle through photographs by Francis Edmund Curry and watercolours by Samuel Cooke. The lecture will be interspersed with letters and anecdotes from the time of the restoration held at the archives in Chatsworth House.

Booking essential: €15, includes complimentary drinks
Friends Scheme Member price €12

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WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER, 10.30AM - 1PM or 2.30PM - 5PM

Join the garden team for a hands-on festive workshop - choose either a morning or afternoon session. Construct and decorate your own Christmas Wreath using foliage from the Castle Gardens. Materials will be provided. Mulled wine and seasonal treats included.

Booking essential: €30. Suitable for adults.
Friends Scheme Member price €25