Due to Government Business Farmleigh House will be closed on Monday 26th & Thursday 29th September. The gardens & café remain open.

Welcome to Farmleigh

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. A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, farm animals, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week.

Home to the Guinness family for generations, 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, tastefully influenced by the Guinness family.

Farmleigh is managed by the Office of Public Works. The Estate hosts a donkey sanctuary, horses and is home to a herd of Kerry Black cows. 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.

  • Farmleigh Estate is open daily 10am – 5pm and free to visit.
  • Entry to Farmleigh House is by guided tour.
  • Farmleigh House Tour Prices:
  • 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
  • The average length of the house tour is 50 minutes.

Phoenix Park road closure notices

Saturday 1st October 2022

What’s On

Check out the full calendar of events here.

Sep
30
Fri
Autumn Sounds with Duo Chagall @ Farmleigh House
Sep 30 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Autumn Sounds with Duo Chagall @ Farmleigh House

Duo Chagall, who have run the popular classical music series since 2010, will be performing again live in venues around Fingal, after two years of absence. OPW are delighted to resume their partnership by hosting the series at the magnificent Ballroom, Farmleigh, on Friday 30 September and Friday 7 October, doors 7.30, 8pm start.

The longest established classical music partnership in Ireland, Duo Chagall is comprised of Fingal-born violinist Gillian Williams and French cellist Arun Rao. Gillian led their dedicated outfit, the Fingal Ensemble, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Malahide and Draiocht for their 2019 series, as well as three hour-long concerts recorded at the Baldoyle Community Centre for the 2021 online edition which was broadcast live on the Draoicht YouTube website. The duo is thrilled to finally get the chance to perform live again in Fingal!

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER: This concert will focus on French chamber music from the ‘fin de siècle’ and the ‘Belle-Époque’ and include works by female composers, some yet to be re-discovered (Mel Bonis, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Marguerite Canal).

The last three are part of a CD of French works recorded by Gillian and eminent Irish pianist and scholar Una Hunt in May this year, officially released at this event.

A number of works will be getting their first hearing on Irish soil: two Sonatas by Benjamin Godard (for solo violin) and Eugène Ysaÿe (for solo cello), an Idylle for violin by Canal and two short works for piano trio by Bonis: Matin and Soir.

Free but tickets required.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

Oct
2
Sun
Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
Oct 2 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Join us on the first Sunday of the month for the Food and Craft Market at Farmleigh.

There will be a great selection of hand crafted products all made in Ireland along with a wide variety of food and treats for all the family, even for your pet dog!

Please keep your dog on a lead while visiting Farmleigh Estate.

 

Music in the Bandstand with Jazz Standards and Fusion @ Farmleigh Estate
Oct 2 @ 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cesar Guridi

Cesar Guridi

Jazz Standards and Fusion

Rescheduled from 18th September

Artists: Drums: Sebastian Jezzi (Argentina)
Piano: Javier Alcaraz (Spain)
Bass: Vitor Moreno (Brasil)
Guitar: Cesar Guridi (Uruguay)

Dublin –based Jazz/fusion quartet formed by international musicians will present music from all decades and jazz styles like Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (jazz standard) or Chega de saudade (bossanova) and even from the fusion era of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s like Herbie Hancock’s famous Watermelonman.

Presented by Maestro Music Academy and Castleknock Music Festival

Oct
7
Fri
Autumn Sounds with Duo Chagall @ Farmleigh House
Oct 7 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Autumn Sounds with Duo Chagall @ Farmleigh House

Duo Chagall, who have run the popular classical music series since 2010, will be performing again live in venues around Fingal, after two years of absence.

OPW are delighted to resume their partnership by hosting the series at the magnificent Ballroom, Farmleigh, on Friday 30 September and Friday 7 October, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start.

The longest established classical music partnership in Ireland, Duo Chagall is comprised of Fingal-born violinist Gillian Williams and French cellist Arun Rao. Gillian led their dedicated outfit, the Fingal Ensemble, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Malahide and Draiocht for their 2019 series, as well as three hour-long concerts recorded at the Baldoyle Community Centre for the 2021 online edition which was broadcast live on the Draoicht YouTube website. The duo is thrilled to finally get the chance to perform live again in Fingal!

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER: two pieces by French composers will receive their Irish premiere: the version for piano trio of Camille Saint-Saëns’s The Poet and his Muse and the Sérénade for cello by Grandval, his long-time friend and student. The concert will end with a performance of Schubert’s famous ‘Trout Quintet’ for piano and strings.

Duo Chagall will be partnered by renowned pianist Lance Coburn as well as American violist Thomas McShane and Dublin-born double-bassist Mercedes Carroll, both of whom making their series debut.

Free but tickets required.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

Oct
8
Sat
The Wild Bogs of Ireland – An Irish Peatland Conservation Council talk. @ Farmleigh House
Oct 8 @ 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Peatlands are wetland habitats which cover 3% of the earth’s surface. They are home to unique flora and fauna and are Ireland’s last true wilderness.

Explore the formation of peatlands in Ireland with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and gain an understanding into their importance in terms of climate change, biodiversity and the challenges they face.

Learn how IPCC are working to protect and conserve a representative portion of peatlands in Ireland for future generations to enjoy and what you can do to help conserve peatlands.

Visit the website to learn all about the Save the Bogs Campaign and to arrange a visit to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.

www.ipcc.ie

Tickets €6 including booking fee.

Doors open 2.30, talk begins at 3pm.

Close up of green bog plant with purple tentacles. Water droplets and fly trapped in tentacles.

Irish Peatland Conservation Council logo

Oct
22
Sat
Anne-Marie O’Farrell & Cormac de Barra (harps) @ Farmleigh House & Estate
Oct 22 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Anne-Marie O’Farrell & Cormac de Barra (harps) @ Farmleigh House & Estate

Dynamic harp duo Cormac De Barra and Anne-Marie O’Farrell perform a lively programme of harp duets, spanning Europe’s musical traditions from the baroque to the present. Featuring works by Handel, O’Carolan, Tarrega and O’Farrell, their music reflects the marriage of Ireland’s oral musical heritage and the classical tradition.

ANNE-MARIE O’FARRELL

Leading harpist of her generation, Dr. Anne-Marie O’Farrell, from Dublin, has performed all over the world as a solo artist, accompanist and in ensembles, and is regularly featured in broadcasts. On lever harp, she is particularly recognised for her expansion of repertoire and levering techniques, as a result of which Salvi Harps, the world’s leading harp makers, redesigned their lever harps to become concert instruments.

O’Farrell has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Memory Orchestra, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with whom she premiered Ryan Molloy’s Concerto for lever harp, Gealán. A prolific recording artist, she has released several CDs, including Just So Bach, Harping Bach to Carolan, The Jig’s Up, My Lagan Love and Embrace: New Directions for Irish Harp; Double Strung and Duopoly with Cormac De Barra; and Harp to Harp with harmonica player Brendan Power.

 

She is frequently invited to give recitals, workshops and masterclasses at international conferences and festivals around the world, in addition to performance at several World Harp Congresses and has recently been appointed head of harp at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for the lever harp, she has published critical editions for lever harp of Bach’s cello, keyboard and lute repertoire.

O’Farrell holds a PhD in composition with Piers Hellawell at Queen’s University Belfast and masters degrees in performance, musicology and composition. She has recently completed several large-scale commissions featuring the harp, including a lever harp concerto commissioned by RTÉ Lyric FM, and a five-movement work for large harp ensemble commissioned by Harp Ireland/Cruit Éireann.

www.annemarieofarrell.com

CORMAC DE BARRA

Cormac de Barra comes from a family of traditional Irish musicians and singers, and first studied Irish harp with his grandmother, Róisín Ní Shé. He was awarded a scholarship to study concert harp in the United States at the age of fourteen. At the Dublin Feis Ceoil Cormac has won both the under eighteen harp competition and the O’Carolan Cup. His performing career has taken him to places as far away as Africa and Asia, where he spent six months playing at Expo ‘90 in Osaka, Japan and to Spain where he also spent six months playing at Expo ‘92 in Seville. While in Japan he gave a command performance for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at their Imperial Palace. He has performed extensively and given workshops throughout Europe and the USA in addition to making several recordings of traditional music with other members of his family. He presented the award-winning traditional music series Flosc on TG4.

He has also been involved in music for theatre, performing in a number of productions including The Cúchulainn Cycle by W. B. Yeats and Mysteries 2000 at the SFX, both directed by Michael Scott and the first tour of Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Slam. Cormac also collaborated on the music and lyrics for Siamsa Tíre’s latest production Tearmann.

Performing with singer and actress Hazel O’Connor he has toured Britain, Europe, the United States and Australia.

De Barra released his first solo CD Barcó in 2002 to much critical acclaim. He has toured internationally and recorded several albums with Moya Brennan of Clannad.

www.cormacdebarra.com

Tickets €17 including booking fee.

Doors open 7.30pm, performance starts at 8pm.

*(To avoid long waits for taxis after the event, we recommend booking a taxi in advance if required.)

Nov
6
Sun
Food & Craft Market @ Farmleigh Estate
Nov 6 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm

Join us on the first Sunday of the month for the Food and Craft Market at Farmleigh.

There will be a great selection of hand crafted products all made in Ireland along with a wide variety of food and treats for all the family, even for your pet dog!

Please keep your dog on a lead while visiting Farmleigh Estate.

 

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