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.

 

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Nov
28
Thu
Stories from the Old World – Ceol Nua for Voice, Pipes, String Quartet and Harps @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.

 

About this Event
Mick O'Brien

Mick O’Brien

Thursday 28th November 2019 | 8pm – 10:30pm | The Ballroom | Ticket €10

Stories from the Old World – Ceol Nua for Voice, Pipes, String Quartet and Harps

“We have entered a new era in Irish music, in which a language based on traditional music and song is producing extraordinary work across genres” – Toner Quinn (Journal of Music)

Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn invites you to enter a new world conjured from ancient Irish sounds, in an unprecedented gathering of leading Irish musicians.

Kerry Slides and Polkas dance with the minimalism of Steve Reich when the luminous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the majestic piping of Mick O’Brien   merge magnificently with the Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet in Flynn’s Stories from the Old World. Flynn redeems the reputation of Kerry story-teller Peig Sayers by setting her unsanitised words of wit, wisdom and poetry to a pulsating, ground-breaking score.

Calmly Awaiting the End is a moving tribute to 1916 revolutionary Éamonn Ceannt,  which casts O’Brien as Ceannt the piper, battling the bowed forces of the IMO String Quartet [Maria Ryan, Lucia MacPartlin, Niamh Varian-Barry, Maria O’Connor).

The Cranning is a “tremendously exciting” (Irish Examiner) work praised for its “power and grittiness”. (New York Times).

Virtuoso harpists Cliona Doris and Clare McCague round out the event by performing beautiful modern Irish harp music by Deirdre McKay, Brian Boydell and Joan Trimble.

 

1st Half

Dave Flynn – String Quartet No.2 The Cranning (12”)

Joan Trimble – Duet for two Irish Harps (5”)

Deirdre McKay –A Pale Yellow Sky (excerpts) (8”)

Dave Flynn – Calmly Awaiting the End (10”)

2nd Half

Dave Flynn – Harp-Lute – 5” (World Premiere)

Brian Boydell – Two Sketches for two Irish Harps (5”)

Deirdre McKay – Handwoven for solo harp (5”)

Dave Flynn – Stories from the Old World (20”)

 

To Purchase tickets please click here!  Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available before the performance. Performance starts at 8pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Nov
29
Fri
Between the Jigs and the Reels with Paddy Glackin, Moya Cannon and Dave Flynn @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.

 

About this Event
Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Friday 29th November 2019 | 8pm – 10:30pm | The Ballroom | Ticket €10

Between the Jigs and the Reels with Paddy Glackin, Moya Cannon and Dave Flynn

John Doherty’s dark reels and the tunes that the sea taught him. The high parts of the road and the underworlds which only music and love can brave.” – Moya Cannon

Legendary Irish fiddle player Paddy Glackin joins Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn and poet Moya Cannon to celebrate the craft of Irish tune-makers.

While Paddy’s art is essentially that of a soloist, he has been involved in a range of groups and performances, which demonstrate his willingness to experiment in placing “authentic” traditional music in new and often quite alien contexts. The original fiddle player with the Bothy Band, Glackin’s fiddling can also be heard on recordings by Van Morrison, Kate Bush and John Cage.

Glackin continues to explore new territory in this, his first performance with Flynn. They will focus exclusively on the music of 20th/21st Century Irish tune composers including Paddy Fahey, Liz Carroll and Ed Reavy.

Flynn will also perform solo selections from his acclaimed album Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar.

Between the jigs, reels and airs, renowned Donegal poet Moya Cannon recites some of her intricate music-themed poems. Moya Cannon has six published collections, the most recent being Donegal Tarantella. She has given many readings with musicians and singers, among them the harper Kathleen Loughnane, the traditional singers Maıghréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaıll and the RTE Con Tempo String Quartet. She has been honoured with the Brendan Behan Award and the O’Shaughnessy Award and she was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2011.

 

To Purchase tickets please click here!  Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available before the performance. Performance starts at 8pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Nov
30
Sat
Stephen Rea and Des Bell – In conversation/On film @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.

 

About this Event
Actor Stephen Rea

Actor Stephen Rea, as photographed by Michael Donald.

Saturday 30th November 2019 | 2pm – 5:30pm | The Ballroom | Ticket €10

Stephen Rea and Des Bell – In conversation/On film

Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea in conversation with director Des Bell about Rea’s extraordinary career and their work together. Their acclaimed collaborations The Hard Road to Klondike and Child of the Dead End are screened either side of the interview. Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn will join the conversation to discuss the unusual use of music by contemporary Irish composers, including himself, in these films.

2pm Film Screening #1 – The Hard Road to Klondike – 52 mins

“…starkly beautiful…compelling…the archival footage provides fascinating windows into the territory of the past.” – The Irish Times

Based on the autobiography of Donegal-born Michael MacGowan, (1865-1948), this film is a stirring account of his life as a migrant worker and exile in America at the turn of the century. Narrated by Stephen Rea with music by Kevin Volans and Íarla O’Lionaird. 

3pm – Stephen Rea and Des Bell – In Conversation

4pm – Interval

4.15pm – Film Screening #2 – Child of the Dead End – 83 mins

Child of the Dead End is a creative documentary, starring Stephen Rea, which explores the rags to riches story of Irish writer and migrant worker Patrick MacGill. The story is set against the historical background of the rise of the labour movement, the first world war and the struggle for independence. Soundtracked with music by various Irish composers.

 

To Purchase tickets please click here!  Doors open at 1:30pm. Event starts at 2pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Farmleigh Voices with Laura Snowden, Theo Dorgan & David Brophy @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.

 

About this Event
David Brophy

David Brophy

Saturday 30th November 2019 | 8pm – 10:30pm | The Ballroom | Ticket €10

Farmleigh Voices with Laura Snowden, Theo Dorgan & David Brophy

Tree of sanctuary and spear,

graveyard haunter, its leaves poison.

No tree gives darker shade. Silence

beneath it is green and black, dense.

– Theo Dorgan (from The Farmleigh Tree Alphabet)

An enchanting evening of classical music and poetry at Farmleigh Ballroom with world-class performers and a premiere from Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn.

Hailed a ‘string sensation’ by BBC Music Magazine, British-French guitarist and composer Laura Snowden is acclaimed for her ‘poise and intensity’ (Guardian) and playing of ‘extraordinary depth’ (Strings, Classical Music Magazine). She will open the show with a solo guitar recital, before Farmleigh Voices and conductor David Brophy give the Irish premiere of Snowden’s “Evensong”, set to the words of Irish poet Cherry Smyth.

A festival highlight sees Farmleigh Voices give the World Premiere of Flynn’s setting of poet Theo Dorgan’s Farmleigh Tree Alphabet, commissioned by the Office of Public Works. Flynn has planted Dorgan’s dendrological words into a choral forest branched from Arvo Pårt, the Beach Boys, Clannad, Animal Collective and Kate Bush.

Among these musical leaves, Theo Dorgan will disperse his musical poetry.

Farmleigh Voices is developed in association with Stuart Kinsella’s Peregryne Ensemble.

 

To Purchase tickets please click here!  Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available before the performance. Performance starts at 8pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Dec
1
Sun
Beckett’s Glass Guitar @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.

 

About this Event
Laura Snowden

Laura Snowden

Sunday 1st December 2019 | 7pm – 9:30pm | The Ballroom | Free Admission

Beckett’s Glass Guitar

with Barry McGovern, Peter Sheridan and The Beckett Guitar Quartet (Laura Snowden, Michael O’Toole, David Creevy and Dave Flynn)

“Music always wins” – Samuel Beckett

The first of the minimalist pieces……..were written to go with Beckett.” – Philip Glass

Exploring the influence of Samuel Beckett on musical minimalism. This unique event features readings by Beckett experts Barry McGovern and Peter Sheridan, interspersed with Beckett-influenced music by Philip Glass, arranged for guitar quartet by Dave Flynn.

The writings of Beckett are perhaps the single biggest influence on the early minimalist music  of Philip Glass. Glass knew Beckett in 1960’s Paris and though Beckett rarely allowed music in productions of his work, he gave Glass permission to compose music for several productions including Company, for which Beckett sent Glass one simple instruction – “The music should go into the interstices of the text, as it were.”

The Beckett Guitar Quartet, formed especially for this show, will perform Glass’ music for Company alongside his 3rd Quartet Mishima. Laura Snowden and Michael O’Toole will each also perform minimalist guitar solos composed by Snowden and Flynn.

 

Free Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. Performance starts at 7pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.

Dec
7
Sat
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
2pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Your Mans Puppet’s, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Riverside Singers, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

Dec
8
Sun
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors
1pm – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Your Mans Puppet’s, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with Canbelto Womens Choir, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

Dec
14
Sat
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Programme 2019 @ Farmleigh House & Estate

Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard
10am – 5pm

Festive Crib, Outdoors
10am – 5pm

Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors
12 Noon – 4pm

Christmas Puppet Show with Julie Rose Mc Cormick, in The Cowshed Theatre (Ticketed Event*)
12 Noon – 12.30pm
1.45pm – 2.15pm
3.30pm – 4pm

Storytelling for Children with Billy Teare & Kathleen O Sullivan, in The Old Kitchen (Ticketed Event*)
12.45pm – 1.30pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm
4.15pm – 5pm

Christmas Carol Singing with The Garda Ladies Choir, in The Ballroom (Ticketed Event*)
1.30pm
2.00pm
2.30pm
3.00pm

Dress up in Dickens style and take a photo, Courtyard
10am – 5pm

*Free Tickets are available in the Motor House. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.

The Farmleigh Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Blog for all news articles and updates.

Dr. Dave Flynn, Composer, Writer-in-Residence

Dr. Dave Flynn, Composer, Writer-in-Residence

OPW and Farmleigh are delighted to welcome - for the first time under its Writer-in-Residence programme - a contemporary composer from Ireland, Dave Flynn. We are looking forward to a truly imaginative residency which will give Dave a wonderful opportunity to explore...