PLEASE NOTE: Farmleigh House will be closed on Friday 18th October, due to State business. Farmleigh Estate and Boathouse Cafe will open as usual. We apologise for the inconvenience.
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:
Senior (60+): €6.00
Child (12-17)/Student (ID required): €4.00
Child under 12: Free
Family (Two adults, max five children): €20.00
*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.
Check out the full calendar of events here.
Saturday 19th October 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)
‘LOCO POR LORCA’ featuring poets THEO DORGAN and KEITH PAYNE with musicians CORMAC JUAN BREATNACH (whistles), JAIME MUÑOZ (diatonic accordion, wooden flutes, clarinet, pipe and tabor), CARLOS BECEIRO (bouzouki and guitar) & CORMAC DE BARRA (harp)
Eighty three years after his death, on the 19th August 1936, Federico García Lorca, known as the National Poet of Spain, continues to fascinate people from all over the world. The internationally renowned playwright and collector of Spanish folk and flamenco songs was much influenced by an early translation of J. M. Synge’s ‘Riders to the Sea’. And across the seas, Lorca still reaches deep into our hearts. One of the first poets to tune Federico’s distinctly Andalusian music into English was Michael Hartnett and so, with poetry and music in mind, ‘Loca Por Lorca’ honours these two great poets with new translations into English by Keith Payne and into Irish by Theo Dorgan, together with new musical compositions and Spanish folk music from Cormac Juan Breatnach, Jaime Muñoz, Carlos Beceiro and Cormac de Barra.
Saturday 26th October 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15; €50 family ticket (4)
THE ESPOSITO QUARTET with REDMOND O’TOOLE (8-string Brahms guitar)
The Esposito Quartet comprises four of our most distinguished musicians with a combined wealth of experience as recital artists, orchestral leaders and teachers, who have been playing as a quartet since 2010. Their name honours Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society concert series.
Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’. This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello.
John Field – Piano works arranged for Quartet by Sebastian Adams
Aleksandra Vrebalov – Pannonia Boundless
Boccherini – Guitar quintet in D major G448 ‘Fandango’ with Redmond O’Toole, guitar
Together Now: The Engagement Project
28th October – 17th November 2019
Together Now: The Engagement Project is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014. Curated by Catherine Marshall, and following a symposium at KCAT in Callan at the end of 2018, this exhibition, drawing on the work of the 24 artists, is touring to venues across Ireland.
The exhibition was launched in June 2019 at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre before travelling to the OPW galleries at Farmleigh in Dublin, the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Ballinglen Art Foundation and Ballina Arts Centre in Co. Mayo, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge and finishing back in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
The work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture.
The artists who are engaged in these collaborations of hand and mind are Saturio Alonso, Steven Aylin, Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Francis Casey, Diane Chambers, Mary Cody, Eileen Mulrooney, Lorna Corrigan, Sinéad Fahey, Fergus Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Gelly, Brianna Hurley, Fintan Kelly, Sinéad Keogh, Nevan Lahart, Alastair MacLennan, Paul Mosse, Rachel Parry, Andrew Pike, Anna Spearman, Dominic Thorpe, Jason Turner and Margaret Walker.
The exhibition highlights different approaches to art making. Through these collaborations a natural re-examination of how one makes art occurs as artistic methodologies are combined. The works on show are hybrids that provide viewers with an insight into the visual dialogues between artists. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the engagement process to date.
Saturday 2nd November 2019 | 3pm | The Old Kitchen | €10 / €30 family ticket (4)
THE IRISH GOTHIC featuring DR. JARLATH KILLEEN, DR. KATIE MISHLER & musicians. Presented by CULTURE VULTURES
Halloween is a time for things that go bump in the night and reading spooky books before you turn off the light. In celebration of the scary, Farmleigh House and Culture Vultures present an hour of conversation and music that delves into the history and legacy of Irish Gothic writing. Guests include:
Dr. Jarlath Killeen: lecturer in Victorian Literature at Trinity College, Dublin; author of ‘History of the Gothic: Gothic Literature 1825 -1914’ (University of Wales Press, 2009) and ‘The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction: History, Origins, Theories’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).
Dr. Katie Mishler: University College Dublin; author of works that include an investigation into the connections between the modernist writing of James Joyce to his 19th-century Irish Gothic predecessors, including Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, George Egerton, and Oscar Wilde.
Barry McCormack: Dublin-based songwriter; has released five albums that have been variously described as “the macabre and hilarious often sitting side by side” (Irish Independent), and “James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ – stories of many voices turning dark doings into beautiful art’ (The Handsome Family’s Rennie Sparks).
This event is presented/chaired by arts writer and Culture Vultures host, Tony Clayton-Lea, a frequent contributor to the Irish Times, Cara magazine, and the Sunday Business Post.
Experience the ambiance of the Food and Craft Market, which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery.
The market offers its visitors a wide variety of products. Come try the delightful treats, award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, and so much more!
Upcoming Farmleigh Market Dates 2019:
Sunday 6th October
Sunday 3rd November
*Please note that there is no ATM at Farmleigh.
Saturday 9th November 2019 | 3pm | The Ballroom | €15; €50 family ticket (4)*
OPERA WINTER WARMERS with AMY NÍ FHEARRAIGH (soprano) & DAVID HOWES (bass baritone), accompanied by AOIFE O’SULLIVAN (piano)
Amy Ní Fhearraigh was chosen as one of GoldenPlec’s Ones to Watch 2018. She graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours and is one of four Young Artists in Irish National Opera’s 2018-2019 Studio. Roles include Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Irish National Opera), Mrs. Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave (Opera Collective Ireland), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Handel’s Susanna, and Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (DIT Opera Ensemble), Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide (The Yorke Trust) and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen (Lyric Opera Productions). She made her RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra debut in a live broadcast on Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive on RTÉ lyric fm. She has performed in the annual Glasthule Opera Gala under David Brophy, for the inaugural Rising Stars Concert in the University Concert Hall, and the Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts with the INO Orchestra conducted by Killian Farrell.
David Howes is a Bass-Baritone from Limerick, where he began his studies with Olive Cowpar. He now studies with Robert Dean and is a graduate of the distinguished Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera. In opera, David has had the honour of premiering the roles of Jack and Flynn in the world premier of Andrew Synott’s Dubliners and also “Rose” in John O Brien’s Nightingale and The Rose. Other roles include those from Rigoletto, Der Schauespieldirektor, Madame Butterfly, la boheme, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata, Silent Night, Tosca, and le nozze di Figaro with companies such as Lyric Opera, OTC, Buxton Opera Festival, Zezere Arts Festival, Irish National Opera, and Wexford Opera Festival. Highlights in oratorio include baritone solos in Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria and Brahms’ Requiem, bass solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and The Creation, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Dettingen Te Deum and Dixit Dominus with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. In recital, David has performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in a new edition of Beethoven’s Irish Airs, lunchtime concerts at St. Mary’s Cathedral and The Rua Centre, Dublin, and also, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer in the John Field Room. Additional engagements included Mozart’s Requiem and C minor Mass with Limerick Choral Union in April 2019.
Join Amy and David this Saturday for an end-of-season feast of lighthearted and uplifting songs from the most well-known operas and composers.
This event is supported by Precision Pianos, Ireland’s premier piano showroom.
Unredeemed tickets purchased for the original date of this concert in June will be honoured at this presentation.
When: Saturday 9th November
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.ie
Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn’s
Irish Memory Orchestra
Save the Date: Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – 28th November to 1st December
The Farmleigh Arts and Music Festival is a new event curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works.
The festival brings together some of Ireland’s leading lights in classical music, traditional music, poetry, drama and film for a one-of-a-kind celebration of Irish music and literature.
A host of brilliant musicians share the Farmleigh stage with award-winning actors Stephen Rea and Barry McGovern; poets Moya Cannon and Theo Dorgan; and directors Peter Sheridan and Des Bell.
Musicians include classical virtuosi Laura Snowden, Clíona Doris, The Beckett Guitar Quartet and The Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet alongside traditional music masters Paddy Glackin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Mick O’Brien.
Premieres include Dave Flynn’s new setting of Theo Dorgan’s “Farmleigh Tree Alphabet” and the Irish premiere of Laura Snowden’s setting of Cherry Smyth’s “Evensong”.
Other featured composers include Philip Glass (in a special Beckett-themed event), Joan Trimble, Brian Boydell, Deirdre McKay, Paddy Fahey and Liz Carroll.
Summary of events:
28th November, 8pm – Stories from the Old World
Performers: Muireann Nic Amhloaibh, Mick O’Brien, Clíona Doris, Clare McCague, the Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet.
29th November, 8pm – Between the Jigs and the Reels
Performers: Paddy Glackin, Moya Cannon, Dave Flynn and more TBC
30th November, 2:00-5:30pm – Stephen Rea and the films of Des Bell
Film screenings – The Hard Road to Klondike, Child of the Dead End
Interview – Stephen Rea interviewed by his friend and collaborator, director Des Bell
30th November, 8pm – Farmleigh Voices
Performers: Laura Snowden, Theo Dorgan, Farmleigh Voices Choir & David Brophy
1st December 7pm – Beckett’s Glass Guitar
Performers: Barry McGovern, Peter Sheridan & The Beckett Guitar Quartet
*PLEASE NOTE: More details, including how to get tickets, to be announced soon.
The Farmleigh Blog
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