Farmleigh House and Estate will be closed from Tuesday 21st and will reopen on Friday 24th May. Farmleigh House will be closed on Monday 27th of May, due to State Business.

This year Africa Day will be celebrated nationwide. To find an event near you see www.africaday.ie. Please note that the flagship event will not be taking place at Farmleigh this year.

Welcome to Farmleigh

A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week. An estate of seventy-eight acres situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Farmleigh provides accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. As a historic house, Farmleigh remains a unique representation of its heyday, the Edwardian period, and houses important artworks and furnishings, as well as the Benjamin Iveagh collection of rare books, bindings, and manuscripts which is held in the Library. The extensive pleasure grounds feature walled and sunken gardens, and scenic lakeside walks.

The Estate also boasts a working farm with a herd of Kerry Black cows. Farmleigh is managed by the Office of Public Works. Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a tour of Farmleigh House that takes you from the eighteenth century, when building commenced, right up to the present day.

Access to the House is by guided tour. Tours are available from Monday to Sunday between 10.00 and 17.30 with the last entry at 16.30.

Guided Tour Admissions Charges:
Adult: €8.00
Senior (60+): €6.00
Child (12-17)/Student (ID required): €4.00
Child under 12: Free
Family (Two adults, max five children): €20.00

For enquiries or for group/school bookings (more than 12 people), please call 01 8155914 or email farmleighguides@opw.ie. For more information on tours please click here.

*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.

Chesterfield Avenue Partial Closure at Weekends. For further information click here.

 

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Mar
15
Fri
Crossing the Salt by Gabhann Dunne @ Farmleigh Gallery
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – May 26 @ 5:00 pm
Crossing the Salt by Gabhann Dunne @ Farmleigh Gallery

An extensive exhibition of new works by Gabhann Dunne was launched by Una McCarthy, Director of the Limerick City Gallery or Art, and by the journalist and environmental writer Paddy Woodworth in Farmleigh Gallery on Thursday 14th March 2019.

‘May you never see the corncrake again!’ (Nár fheice tú an traonach arís) was once a way of wishing someone bad luck or worse, since you were hoping they wouldn’t live to see another summer. The imprecation implies a culture familiar with the corncrake and its distinctive call, and perhaps, more significantly, with the knowledge that it was a summer visitor. Once common along the river Shannon, the corncrake is now almost extinct due to human and climatic factors that stretch from here to its wintering habitats in Africa and the migration routes in between.

In his Farmleigh Gallery exhibition ‘Crossing the Salt’, Dunne reflects on changes wrought by the journeyings of water and the migration of wildlife and what they have to tell us about our identity. Cristin Leach the Sunday times art critic said of it “’Crossing the Salt’ is, in equal parts, disturbing and delightful, ambitious in scale but delicate and measured in its presentation”. Over a hundred birds, painted on separate panels, plunge, swoop and fly in this large installation. In this and other works in the show Dunne uses colour and gesture to evoke the vulnerability and energy of his subject, and asks the viewer to think on issues of emigration, migration, absence, and our changing climate.

Gabhann Dunne is a Dublin-based painter. He studied Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and NCAD, Dublin. He is also a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award (2011) and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship and the Whytes Award for Painting for his entry to the RHA Annual Exhibition (2009). Dunne has exhibited widely, his recent shows include ‘Crossing the Salt’, Limerick City Gallery (2018), ‘In the Presence of Birds’ (2017), ‘The Flower’s Pilgrim’ at the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin (2015), and ‘Magenta Honey’ at The Lab in Dublin (2015).

gabhanndunne.ie

Gallery Opening Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Please note that the gallery closes from 1pm – 2pm for lunch.
The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.

May
25
Sat
Between Shadows & Light @ Cowshed Gallery
May 25 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
Between Shadows & Light @ Cowshed Gallery | County Dublin | Ireland

BETWEEN SHADOWS & LIGHT
by Joe Monks

‘Between Shadows and light’ is the highly anticipated exhibition of work from acclaimed photographer / cinematographer Joe Monks.
It is a visual study of the history, the landscape, the natural world, the old and modern architecture of Ireland and all that exists Between Shadows and Light.

The exhibition launches on Friday 24th May at 4.30pm.

www.joemonkscreative.com

When: Saturday May 25th – Monday 10th  June
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Cowshed Gallery

Free Admission

Jun
1
Sat
Following the Songlines @ Kitchen Cabinet Room
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Following the Songlines @ Kitchen Cabinet Room | County Dublin | Ireland

Following The Songlines: Theo Dorgan with special guest Cormac Breatnach

Theo Dorgan is a poet, novelist, prose writer, editor, essayist and translator. Among his recent publications are ‘Jason & The Argonauts’ (2014; a libretto); ‘Liberty Walks Naked’ (2015; translations from the French of the Syrian poet Maram al-Masri); ‘Foundation Stone: Towards a Constitution for a 21st Century Republic’ (2013, editor); and  the novel ‘Making Way’ (2013). His most recent collections of poems include ‘Nine Bright Shiners’, which was awarded the Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize for best collection published in 2014, and ‘Orpheus’, a collection of poems published in 2018. He is a member of Aosdána.

Throughout his long career Cormac Juan Breatnach has played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Susan McKeown. In 2018 Cormac collaborated with Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish to record his ‘Whistle Blower’ CD, performing his compositions live in 2019 with film and graphics.

Theo and Cormac have long shared an interest in the relationships between lyric poetry and traditional music. Mixing poems, tunes, compositions and conversation. Reflecting on the influence of Greece on Dorgan’s poems and of the Basque country on Breatnach’s music, they explore the cross-influences of the known and the unfamiliar.

www.theodorgan.com
www.cormacbreatnach.com

When: Saturday 1st June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Kitchen Cabinet Room

Tickets: €10 each or €30 for a family of 4. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.ie

Jun
8
Sat
Bees Make Honey – Beekeeping with Keith Pierce  @ Kitchen Cabinet Room
Jun 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bees Make Honey - Beekeeping with Keith Pierce  @ Kitchen Cabinet Room | County Dublin | Ireland

Bees Make Honey – Beekeeping with Keith Pierce 

Dublin master beekeeper Keith Pierce has a passion for bees. He has been beekeeping in Dublin for over 25 years, successfully collaborating with our country’s unique Dark Native Irish honey bees (Apis Mellifera Mellifera). His hives and their busy occupants are kept on the outskirts of Dublin city, with the bees foraging over the extensive area of the Phoenix Park, the Liffey Valley, and in the gardens of suburban Castleknock.

Join Keith this afternoon for his talk and demonstration, to hear about the joys of his sweet obsession, as well as to learn about the best ways to preserve the naturally biodiverse and pollinator-rich environments that we can all personally create. This talk will help develop an understanding that, through the planting of bee-friendly flowering plants, we can help preserve this extraordinary insect from threats of eradication and extinction, a creature whose own healthy life and future security has now and will have into the future such a profound influence on our own.

When: Saturday 8th June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Kitchen Cabinet Room

Free admission

Jun
14
Fri
Structures, Forms, Vessels, Chaos & The Void @ Farmleigh Gallery
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm
Structures, Forms, Vessels, Chaos & The Void @ Farmleigh Gallery

Curated by Mark St. John Ellis of nagGallery

The descriptive title of the new Weaving Paintings by Kohei Nakata describe the action of painting lines in pearl acrylic that appear to weave between each other. The choice of line is in contrast to the hard edged lines and colour in the paintings of Gareth Jenkins. Both surfaces reference materials and texture.

To compliment these abstract wall based paintings a selection from the State collection of ceramics from the International Academy of Ceramics 2014 event in Dublin Castle has been carefully selected to exhibit structures and forms that fell into the categories of organic and chaotic and vessels.

 

Gallery Opening Hours:
Tues – Sun
10am – 1pm
2pm – 5pm
Please note that the gallery closes from 1pm – 2pm for lunch.
The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.

Jun
15
Sat
Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne @ Farmleigh Ballroom

Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne

Witness the scintillating voice of one of Ireland’s finest singers Róisín Elsafty, together with the very rare and meltingly beautiful sound of the medieval Irish harp, played by Ireland’s foremost historical harper Siobhán Armstrong, woven through with the diverse colours of Ronan Browne’s flutes, whistles and 180-year-old Irish pipes.

From sparkling songs to harp laments and old pipes ‘pieces’, this concert will treat you to an all-too-rare experience of the rich and unique sound of early Ireland. Róisín performs mesmerising, unaccompanied songs in the florid Connemara style and, with Siobhán and Ronan, evocative love songs of the old Irish harpers. Siobhán plays an almost unique copy of Ireland’s national emblem, the medieval Trinity College or Brian Boru harp, in the ancient manner with fingernails striking wire strings producing a delicious sound that transfixes the listener. And Ronan’s low-pitched Grand Union pipes, dating from the 1840s, have that rich tone that makes you want to curl up and snuggle deep into their rumbling purr as he performs old airs, marches and jigs.

The coming together of these three musical minds with their deep fascination, love and respect for that past which created our present, makes for a warm, informative and joyous evening’s entertainment.

www.ronanbrowne.com

When: Saturday 15th June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom

Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.ie

Jun
16
Sun
Dublin Musical Saunter @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dublin Musical Saunter @ Farmleigh Ballroom

Dublin Musical Saunter 2 by Great Music in Irish Houses Festival

A John O’Conor Celebration

This second concert in the 2019 Dublin Musical Saunter demonstrates the successes of some of John O’Conor’s students at international competitions around the world. An impressive line-up of pianists from home and abroad, Finghin Collins, Soo Jung Ann, Lance Coburn, Alexander Bernstein and Sae Yoon Chon will perform. The programme includes five works by Irish composers who were commissioned by the Dublin International Piano Competition over its 30-year history and of which John O’Conor is co-founder and Artistic Director.

Elaine Agnew: Seagull
Vine: Five Bagatelles
John Kinsella: Reflection II
Marian Ingoldsby: Exchange:The Irish and Normans Mingle at the Fair from the Ros Tapestry Suite
David Byers: A Full Moon
Amy Beach: A Hermit Thrush at Eve, op 92 no 1
Deirdre Gribbin: Unseen
Rachmaninov: Lilacs, op 21 no 5 Daisies, op 38
Gráinne Mulvey: Interference Patterns
Frederic Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

When: Sunday 16 June
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Tickets €10 – €15 on www.eventbrite.ie

Jun
22
Sat
Dublin Plein Art Festival @ Farmleigh Estate
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dublin Plein Art Festival @ Farmleigh Estate

The Art festival comes to Farmleigh. Come and watch the numerous artists create their works in the
beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh. Watch as magnificent pieces come to life. Pieces are available
to the public to purchase.

When: Saturday 22nd June
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Farmleigh Estate

Free admission

The Farmleigh Blog

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Behind the Scenes

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