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 from 10.00 to 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
For enquiries or for group/school bookings (more than 12 people), please call 01 8155914 or email email@example.com. For more information on tours please click here.
Check out the full calendar of events here.
An extensive exhibition of new works by Gabhann Dunne will launch in Farmleigh Gallery at 6.30pm on the 14th of 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).
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.
Join us to celebrate Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January – June 2019).
Thursday March 21st 6.00 – 8.00pm (Concert starts at 7pm sharp, late entry not permitted.)
The singing of well-known European vocal music, belonging to Antonio Vivaldi, Gioachino Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss and Gheorghe Dima, will be interspersed with chamber music works of Romania’s most important composer, George Enescu, including duets, trios and his Nocturne ‘Villa d’Avrayen’ for piano quartet.
Some of the artists performing will be Fionnuala Hunt, Ioana Constantin-Pipelea, Aileen Cahill, Gabriela Pipelea, Andreea Banciu and Adrian Mantu.
This event is supported by Precision Pianos.
A wine & canapés reception will start at 6:00pm, prior to the concert.
Free Admission but ticket required. Tickets now available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/european-vocal-romanian-instrumental-music-tickets-57928726380
When: March 21st
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Founded in 1848, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest music conservatoires, specialising in classical music. Throughout its long and illustrious history, the Academy has nurtured and developed the talents of many of Ireland’s finest musicians, who have gone on not only to enrich Irish musical life in all its forms but also to act with great success as musical ambassadors abroad.
This afternoon’s concert will highlight a number of the extraordinarily talented musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Young Scholar Programme – an immersive music education programme designed to support highly motivated and exceptionally talented school-age students – in a presentation of a programme of musical fireworks in the stately surroundings of Dublin’s Farmleigh House. This concert offers a chance for audiences to enjoy a veritable feast of music from across the centuries, performed by some of tomorrow’s brightest musical stars.
Free Admission but ticket required. Tickets now available from www.eventbrite.ie
When: Saturday 23rd March
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
With a long-held passion for organic gardening and learning the stories of our heritage, Joanne (Jo) has worked with Irish Seed Savers since 2001. Moving to Ireland in 1993, Jo’s background was in horticulture, working with the land and connecting communities with the importance of locally-grown food.
Over the years, Jo has mentored and trained growers of all ages throughout Ireland and the UK in understanding the importance of seed in the food cycle. Teaching the basics in growing food to understanding the intricacies of growing seed for saving, sharing and feeding our communities, through her role as curator of Ireland’s heritage seed collection, Jo is very active in sharing her knowledge and imparting her wisdom to the stories behind our rich cultural heritage and the importance food plays in our cultural identity.
Guest speaker at Afri’s Famine Walk in 2011, and a regular contributor of advice to the many hobby gardeners and growers who support the work of Irish Seed Savers, we are delighted to welcome Jo to talk about the work of Irish Seed Savers and to share the many stories of the origins and practices of our food heritage over the years.
Come and enjoy this engaging talk and learn more about Ireland’s food heritage and how you can get involved to protect this important aspect for current and future generations.
When: Saturday 30th March
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Kitchen Cabinet
DUBLIN: ONE CITY ONE BOOK 2019 – THE COUNTRY GIRLS TRILOGY by EDNA O’BRIEN. A MUSICAL TALES concert and reading, presented in association with the CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CENTRE
Musical Tales is a concert presented by the Contemporary Music Centre that is aimed at encouraging new audiences to engage with the vibrant world of contemporary music from Ireland in a literary context. By highlighting the rich inspiration and connections between composers from Ireland and the chosen books for Dublin: One City, One Book, CMC makes a creative contribution to Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Curator & Music – This year, curator Jane O’Leary, herself a composer, has chosen short works by Eibhlís Farrell, Amanda Feery, David Fennessy, Marian Ingoldsby, Finola Merivale and Joan Trimble, which have a connection in some way with the 2019 chosen book ‘The Country Girls Trilogy’ by Edna O’Brien, be it through themes, era, characters, places, ideas, sounds, images, etc.
Performers – Musical Tales is a relaxed informal performance, presented in the welcoming atmosphere of Farmleigh House by students of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama at the Technological University for Dublin, with support from their teachers. This experience nurtures young musicians to perform works by composers from Ireland in their future concert programmes.
Interviews with Composers – To open the concert, and in between the performances of these short works, composers whose works are featured in the concert are invited by Evonne Ferguson, the Director of CMC, along with Jane O’Leary, to give an insight into the inspiration for their works, the very personal process of composing these works and their relationships with the works performed. These interviews, which are at the heart of Musical Tales, greatly enrich the overall experience for audiences, giving them a window onto the world of living composers.
Readings from the Book – Prior to the performance of each work, Linda O’Shea Farren of CMC will read the relevant section of The Country Girls, illustrating the connections between the chosen music and the book.
When: Saturday 6th April
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Kitchen Cabinet Room
Free but ticketed. Tickets now available from www.eventbrite.ie
Come to Farmleigh House and Gardens for our annual festival celebrating Japanese and Japanese-Irish culture. Enjoy Japanese music, dance, food, martial arts demonstrations and crafts.
Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities.The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances, along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.
Sunday, 7th April, Farmleigh Estate
“Crossing the Salt” Exhibition Talk
Gabhann Dunne will provide a tour and talk about his exhibition on display in the Farmleigh Gallery.
In his 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.
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.
Farmleigh Gallery, Saturday 13th April, 3pm – 4pm
JOHN WALSH (Flamenco guitar) with MARIA DELGADO (singer), PEPE RODRIGUEZ (percussion) and CARMEN CERVANTES (dancer)
Bringing all the excitement, energy and emotional depth of authentic traditional Flamenco straight from Spain to Ireland, the brilliant guitarist John Walsh will present a performance of classic Flamenco palos (song forms) as well as some of his own instrumental compositions for guitar. John is one of Ireland’s leading Flamenco guitarist, and has performed at a number of prestigious Flamenco festivals and venues in Spain. He has also composed music for the National Ballet of Ireland, Riverdance and Michael Rooney’s ‘De Cuellar Suite’ amongst others.
Accompanying John this afternoon will be Maria Delgado, an exceptional traditional Flamenco singer from a family of Flamenco artists stretching back generations. Maria hails from the city of Algeciras, home of the legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia. He will also be joined by Pepe Rodriguez, a top percussionist from Algeciras, who has worked with many distinguished artists including Jose Manuel Leon, Salvador Andrades & Alicia Carrasco. The three musicians will be providing an exhilarating musical backdrop for Carmen Cervantes, a traditional Flamenco dancer based in Madrid, who has performed worldwide with various companies. She is currently director and dancer with the ‘Flamenco a la Turca’ project, a Flamenco show with Turkish music.
When: Saturday 20th April
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.ie
The Farmleigh Blog
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