Previous Events

FILM SCREENING: HALLOWEEN FILM NIGHT - THE WITCH

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER, 7.30PM

The return of our ever popular Halloween Film night. We are delighted to host The Witch, a 2015 period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. The Witch follows a Separatist family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm, forces that may be either real or imagined.

Enjoy popcorn and a beer to make a night of it in the atmospheric Pugin Hall.

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END OF SEASON PARTY

SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER, 3-6PM

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

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CULTURE NIGHT

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER, 6-9PM

Lismore Castle Arts is delighted to take part in Culture Night on Friday 20th September. Both our galleries, St Carthage Hall and the main gallery at Lismore Castle, will be open from 6 to 9pm.

At St Carthage Hall we are showing the first feature length film by artist Oisin Byrne featuring Gary Farrelly, GLUE, which screens on the hour, while at the Lismore Castle gallery our celebrated exhibition Palimpsest will be open, featuring the work of Nicole Eisenman, Olivia Laing, Zoe Leonard, Hilary Lloyd, Charlotte Prodger, Martine Syms, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Andrea Zittel.

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GARDEN DRINKS, BUFFET DINNER IN THE CASTLE & ILLUSTRATED TALK BY LADY BURLINGTON

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 7- 9.30PM

Join Lady Burlington for a very special evening in aid of the Lismore Welcome Project. All funds raised on the evening will go to this cause.

Join Lady Burlington for a walk through the gardens, followed by dinner and an illustrated talk celebrating Chatsworth and Lismore’s fashionable history and revealing the cast of characters to grace the rooms of Chatsworth and Lismore over 500 years.

The talk will present show-stopping ensembles by the most celebrated designers of the day, from the Victorian era’s Jean–Philippe Worth to Alexander McQueen, and also features historic examples of ceremonial, military, court costume, fancy dress, and estate liveries, as well as clothing worn by members of the family.

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LECTURE: LADY BURLINGTON - Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth & Lismore

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM

Join Lady Burlington for a an illustrated talk celebrating Chatsworth and Lismore’s fashionable history and revealing the cast of characters to grace the rooms of Chatsworth and Lismore over 500 years.

The talk will present show-stopping ensembles by the most celebrated designers of the day, from the Victorian era’s Jean–Philippe Worth to Alexander McQueen,and also features historic examples of ceremonial, military, court costume, fancy dress, and estate liveries, as well as clothing worn by members of the family.

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PUBLIC TOURS: DOROTHY CROSS - EYE OF SHARK

SATURDAY 6 July & 3 AUGUST 2019, 2PM

First exhibited at St Carthage Hall, Lismore in 2014, and now permanently housed at Lismore Castle, join Lismore Castle Arts curator Paul McAree for a tour of the installation in its new home.

In Eye of Shark, twelve reclaimed cast-iron baths, each lined with gold along the scum line, where the dirt normally accumulates, suggests an alchemical transformation from dirt to gold. This line of gold lies at the place where air meets water and beneath the surface of water, below the depths, is home to shark.

For a decade Cross has used representations and the skins of sharks as a recurring theme in her practice. The presence of the animal acts as a metaphor for an alternative vision, the literal eye of a shark is housed within the walls gazing upon the viewer, yet hidden from view within a gilded vessel.

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CATALOGUE LAUNCH & EXHIBITION TOUR

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019, 2PM

Join Lismore Castle Arts curator Paul McAree for an informal tour of the Palimpsest exhibition, followed by the catalogue launch.

This launch is a fringe event of the IMMRAMA festival, the Lismore Travel Writing festival weekend.
For more information about IMMRAMA visit www.lismore-immrama.com.

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ARTIST TALK WITH NIAMH O’MALLEY AND ISOBEL HARBISON

SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019, 3.30PM

To coincide with the launch of Niamh O'Malley's exhibition at St Carthage Hall, we will host an artist talk with Niamh O'Malley and Isobel Harbison. Dr Isobel Harbison is an art critic, and Lecturer in the Department of Art, at Goldsmiths, University of London.

ARTIST TALK WITH NIAMH O’MALLEY AND ISOBEL HARBISON, 3.30PM
OPENING RECEPTION, ST CARTHAGE HALL, 4-6pm

Image: Niamh O'Malley, Shelf, 2017, Oil on glass, coloured glass, beech, courtesy the artist.

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OPERA AT LISMORE CASTLE - DON PASQUALE

MAY 28TH - JUNE 3RD 2019

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.

Presenting Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, a tale of love, intrigue, money and some
artful manoeuvres at Ireland’s most beautiful summer music festival.

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.

www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com

Image: The Opera at Lismore Castle, 2017.

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Towers and Tales, Lismore Story Festival

SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019

Join us on Saturday 4th May as once again, the castle & historic town of Lismore in Co. Waterford 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. View the 2019 programme here.

INSPIRATION STATION

Lismore Castle Arts will host the Inspiration Station, a hub of creativity, where children can write and draw their own stories with our facilitators and some special guests.

www.towersandtales.ie
towersandtales@gmail.com

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Easter Egg Hunt

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019, 10AM -12PM

Children of all ages are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will
be provided with a map to guide them around the gardens in search of sculptures and
other landmarks. Successful adventurers who reach the end of the trail will receive a
special chocolate reward.

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Panel Discussion

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019, 2-3PM

2pm
Panel discussion chaired by Charlie Porter, featuring Michael Dean, Hilary Lloyd and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith.
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Lismore. Free event.

3 - 6pm
Exhibition previews, at St Carthage Hall and Lismore Castle Arts.
The exhibitions will be launched by Olivia Laing, critic and writer.

Image: Martine Syms, Notes on Gesture, 2015, courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles Gallery.

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Friends Day

FRIDAY 29 MARCH 2019, 10AM

Specially for the Members of the Friends Scheme, join Lady Burlington and Head
Gardener Darren Topps for tea in the castle, followed by a tour of the gardens, and see
the many changes which have taken place over the winter.

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WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2018, 10.30AM - 1PM & 2.30PM - 5PM

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

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LECTURE - KATE BRINDLEY & CHARLES NOBLE

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2018, 7.30PM

Join Kate Brindley (Director of Exhibitions, Chatsworth House) and Charles Noble (Curator, Fine Art, Chatsworth), for a talk drawing on recently discovered correspondence documenting changes to the fabric of Lismore Castle, aided by the use of early photography.

In 1844 the 6th Duke of Devonshire came to Lismore with Joseph Paxton and made plans for an ambitious remodelling of the castle. They decided to record the remodelling, initially with watercolourist Samuel Cook, who made beautiful illustrations of the castle and surrounding views, and later with photographs by Francis Edmund Currey, a pioneer in amateur photography.

Using correspondence from the 6th Duke as well as extensive and beautiful watercolours and photographs, this talk provides a unique insight into a major development in Lismore Castle’s history, as well as charting the change from watercolours to photography as a means of social documentary.

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HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING - A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018, 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 first Iranian vampire film. Enjoy popcorn and a beer to make a night of it in the atmospheric Pugin Hall.

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END OF SEASON PARTY

SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018, 3-6PM

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

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CULTURE NIGHT & CATALOGUE LAUNCH

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2018, 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.

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FILM SCREENINGS: WATERMELON MAN

SATURDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 2018, 3PM

Selected by artist Rashid Johnson, Watermelon Man is a 1970 American comedy-drama film, directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Written by Herman Raucher, it tells the story of an extremely bigoted 1960’s era white insurance salesman named Jeff Gerber, who wakes up one morning to find that he has become black. The premise for the film was inspired by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and by John Howard Griffin’s autobiographical Black Like Me.

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CURATOR'S TOUR OF THE EXPANDED FIELD EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018, 2PM

Co-curated by Lismore Castle Arts and Askeaton Contemporary Arts, The Expanded Field is a group exhibition and culmination of a series of artist residencies, collectively exploring the multifaceted nature of the Irish landscape. Aiming to find new methodologies and reflections on the urgent issues it faces today, artists Stuart Whipps, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Olivia Plender, The Domestic Godless, Superfolk and Filip Van Dingenen all debut new artworks at St Carthage Hall. Join us for a free tour of the exhibition.

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TALK BY LEE BEHEGAN - WITH INTRODUCTION BY LADY BURLINGTON

WEDNEDSAY 8TH AUGUST 2018, 7.30PM

Lee’s career at Lismore Castle Gardens began while he was still at school. He has been based at Lismore Castle Gardens full time for two years. Lee holds a Certificate in Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society and has recently interned at Chanticleer Gardens in Pennsylvania. Lee will talk about his work, his experience of working at Lismore Castle, his residency in the USA, his passion for photography and his plans for the future.

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CURATOR'S TOUR OF THE RASHID JOHNSON EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018, 2PM

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

Join us for curator Paul McAree’s tour of Rashid Johnson's No More Water exhibition across the gardens and gallery.

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SCYTHING WORKSHOP

FRIDAY JULY 6TH 2018, 10AM - 4PM

Join the Garden Team on 6th July for a one-day Scythe Workshop.

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

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OPERA AT LISMORE CASTLE - L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI

MAY 29TH - JUNE 3RD 2018

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 visit www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com.

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TOWERS AND TALES

LISMORE STORY FESTIVAL

SATURDAY MAY 5TH 2018

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.

www.towersandtales.ie
towersandtales@gmail.com

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PANEL DISCUSSION

SATURDAY APRIL 14TH, 2-3PM 2018

Image: Timothy Schenck. Courtesy Rashid Johnson and Hauser & Wirth

2pm

Panel Discussion with Maeve Brennan, Gerard Byrne and Lucy Dawe-Lane. Chaired by Declan Long.
2pm, The Heritage Centre, Lismore. Free entry.

3 - 6pm

Exhibition previews, Rashid Johnson at Lismore Castle Arts and Maeve Brennan at St Carthage Hall. The exhibitions will be launched by Kate Brindley, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Chatsworth House & Lismore Castle Arts.

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FRIENDS DAY

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11TH 2018, 10AM

Specially for the Members of the Friends Scheme, join Lord Burlington and Head Gardener Darren Topps for tea in the castle, followed by a tour of the gardens, and see the many changes which have taken place over the winter.

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EASTER EGG HUNT

SATURDAY MARCH 31ST 2018, 10AM - 12PM

Children of all ages are invited to join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will be provided with a map to guide them around the gardens in search of sculptures and other landmarks. Successful adventurers who reach the end of the trail will receive a special chocolate reward.

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WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2017, 10.30AM - 1PM

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

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017, 7.30PM

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Our annual pizza & beer film night is back with a bang. Come join us for a screening of this 1975 classic in Lismore castles Pugin Hall. Not to be missed……the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter is waiting for you.

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CULTURE NIGHT

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017, 6-8PM

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As part of Culture night 2017, the galleries will be open until 8pm with free access into the main exhibition and St Carthage Hall from 6-8pm. Enjoy the gardens, the exhibitions and a glass of wine while taking in these unique surroundings.

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TEA AND SCONES

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017, 2PM

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Join us for a wonderful sitting of tea and locally made scones served in the exclusive setting of Pugin Hall. Guests will also be treated to an historical account of Lismore Castle as told by Head Butler Denis Nevin and enjoy a stroll around Lismore Castle’s beautiful gardens.

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CATALOGUE LAUNCH

SATURDAY 22 JULY 2017, 2PM

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Join Lismore Castle Arts curator Paul McAree for a tour of the exhibition and the launch of our Anthony McCall catalogue, which features texts by Ed Halter and Maxa Zoller, with install images of the exhibition at Lismore. The catalogue will be available at a special launch price of €15.

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Opera at Lismore Castle: L'Elisir d'Amore

JUNE 2ND & 3RD 2017

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Irelands only summer opera festival, The Lismore Opera Festival presents two performances of L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti at Lismore Castle stable yard. Both funny and touching, it will leave you uplifted and it is one of the most loved of all Donizetti's operas. It combines touching romance and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including Nemorino's enchanting aria 'Una furtiva lagrima'. The opera's premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti's place as one of the leading opera composers of his day.

Booking info:
Tickets, dining and hospitality options are booked directly through Lismore Opera Festival
www.lismoreoperafestival.com
Box office, Main Street, Lismore, Co. Waterford
+353 (0)85 7460735

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FRIENDS DAY

APRIL 12TH 2017, 10.30AM-1.30PM

Friends Day

Our Friends Day is FREE but exclusively for Members of the Friends Scheme. It presents a unique opportunity to join Lord Burlington for tea at the castle. Friends will also enjoy a private tour of the gardens and new exhibition in the gallery.
Booking Essential: Exclusively for Friend scheme Members

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PANEL DISCUSSION

APRIL 1ST 2017, 3-4PM

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Panel discussion with Lizzie Carey-Thomas (Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery), Lisa Le Feuvre (Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Foundation) and Anthony McCall. Chaired by Anthony Haughey (Artist and a lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology).

Location: The Heritage Centre, Lismore
Booking essential: Free