Previous Events

Previous Events

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

THE 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

Lismore Opera Festival 2017

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