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The Kerry Cattle return to Farmleigh

The Kerry Cattle return to Farmleigh

Here at Farmleigh we are delighted to welcome the Kerry Cattle back on site. On Tuesday 7th June six heifers and three calves will move in to their field which we have prepared for them. For many years Farmleigh was synonymous with the Charolais breed of cattle....

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International Sculpture Day

International Sculpture Day

International Sculpture day (ISDay) Saturday the 30th April 2022 An opportunity to stroll through the gardens and grounds of Farmleigh Estate and take in some site specific and contemporary pieces of sculpture by Irish and internationally renowned sculptors. One of...

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Lady Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Nee Onslow) 1881-1966.

Lady Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Nee Onslow) 1881-1966.

by Niall McFadden. To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, I’d like to focus on a figure connected to the life of Farmleigh who played a pioneering role in advancing women’s political rights in the 1920’s and 1930’s. For eight years from 1927 to...

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Portráidí sa Bhailiúchán Ealaíne i Farmleigh

Portráidí sa Bhailiúchán Ealaíne i Farmleigh

Is de ghaolta i bhfad amach le muintir Guinness atá cuid mhór de na portráidí i dteach Farmleigh. Bhí aon pháiste is fiche san iomlán ag Arthur Guinness a hAon. Mhair deichniúr díobh go dtí go raibh siad ina ndaoine fásta. Mar sin, tá an chraobh ghinealaigh measartha...

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Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne  (1880-1944)

Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne (1880-1944)

By Niall McFadden, Guide & Information Officer, Office of Public Works. Amongst many attractions for visitors to Farmleigh’s beautiful “Nobel” room are a series of photographs of the family of Edward Cecil Guinness, founder of Farmleigh in its modern form. Whilst...

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Farmleigh Tree Detectives

Farmleigh Tree Detectives

  by Aisling Randles, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh. Discover our wonderful trees on the historic Farmleigh Estate. Trees are amazing, they help to keep our air clean and our ecosystem healthy. They remove pollutants from the air and produce oxygen that we...

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Introducing the trees at Farmleigh: The Fountain Lawn

Introducing the trees at Farmleigh: The Fountain Lawn

The focal point of Farmleigh's pleasure grounds is the lawn at the back of the house, which rises gently up to a large circular fountain. It is the view framed in the over fireplace window of the Nobel Room which beautifully connects the interior of Farmleigh house...

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Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

by Emer Ingoldsby, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh. If a picture paints a thousand words – One amazing painting tells hundreds of Heritage heart warmers. In this video series, Farmleigh Guides present and explore Michael Angelo Hayes’ painting in Farmleigh Library –...

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National Tree Week

National Tree Week

By Maria O'Hanlon, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh. The leaves aren't quite budding yet but the blossoms will start blooming soon. National Tree Week runs from 21st to 27th March 2021. Bring your camera next time you visit Farmleigh and enter the Tree Week 2021 tree...

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Edward Cecil Guinness Ba le muintir Guinness Teach Farmleigh tráth. Ba é fear darbh ainm Edward Cecil Guinness an chéad duine de mhuintir Guinness a chónaigh anseo. Mac garpháiste le Arthur Guinness agus fear gnó den scoth ba ea é. Thosaigh sé ag obair sa ghrúdlann...

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Women Writers in the Benjamin Iveagh Collection

Women Writers in the Benjamin Iveagh Collection

by Dr Nora Moroney, IRC Postdoctoral Fellow TCD, Marsh's Library, Farmleigh House. The Benjamin Iveagh Library, in its beautiful wood-panelled room at Farmleigh, contains over five thousand books. Of these, only a handful are written by women. This is not altogether...

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Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin 2020 was celebrated online this year! As Covid 19 restrictions prevented any public tours entering Farmleigh House, Farmleigh Guides invite you to join them on a virtual visit for views and history of Farmleigh Clock Tower. This video highlights...

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Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2020

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2020

Connect Through Culture Exploring Farmleigh Archives by Emer Ingoldsby and Maria O'Hanlon, Office of Public Works. For Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2020, Farmleigh Tour Guides present a video from Farmleigh Library looking at what it says in the papers on Friday...

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Discover the History of the Gate Lodge

Discover the History of the Gate Lodge

by Aisling Randles, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh. Castle, monastery and city gates had existed for centuries, but the small lodge at the entrance to the country mansion was an eighteenth and nineteenth century phenomenon. The gates with their lodges were built to...

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The Servant Question

The Servant Question

by Margaret Soden, Office Of Public Works, Farmleigh. Black and white illustration depicting a maid and lady of the house in The Lady of the House, 1901. By kind permission of Dublin City Library and Archives Failure to provide a definitive response! A visit to...

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The Teniers Tapestries at Farmleigh

The Teniers Tapestries at Farmleigh

by Ian Walker, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh. David Teniers II (1610 – 1690), otherwise known as David Teniers the Younger was a Flemish painter who came from an artistic family, his father (another David) was an artist as were three siblings and his son, who was...

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The Bust on the mantle in the Library, Tim Buckley 1863- 1945

The Bust on the mantle in the Library, Tim Buckley 1863- 1945

By Don Ross, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh House. I decided to prepare a presentation on the story of the tailor “Tim Buckley”, prompted by the bust of the man himself which takes pride of place on the mantle in the Benjamin Guinness library at Farmleigh House.  I...

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Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

Look Back – The Painting that tells a Treasure of Stories

by Emer Ingoldsby, Office of Public Works. If a picture paints a thousand words – One amazing painting tells hundreds of Heritage heartwarmers. In this video which launches to coincide with Heritage Week 2020 , Farmleigh Guides present and explore Michael Angelo...

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The Clock Tower at Farmleigh

The Clock Tower at Farmleigh

by Don Ross, Office of Public Works The Farmleigh Clock Tower rises to 58.3m (about 200 ft.) in height and from the time of its construction it has been a significant landmark in the Castleknock area. It is believed to be slightly taller than Liberty hall which rises...

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The Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh

The Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh

By Nuala Canny, Librarian, OPW. When the Guinness family sold Farmleigh to the Irish government in 1999, many of the contents, including the very fine library, were left on loan to Office of Public Works. Now known as the Benjamin Iveagh Library, this splendid...

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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...

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

By Writer in Residence 2018, Philip St John Directors amaze me. Once rehearsals start, they not only attend to the needs of the cast, design team and (if he is still alive and struggling with the text) the writer, they must also respond to the evolving complexity of...

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2018 Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence

2018 Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Writer-in-Residence is Philip St John. Philip St John is a writer of fiction and drama. His first play Maxine (2011), won the International Playwright Forum Award, and was performed in the Philippines. The Sylvia (2013) was...

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Enjoy Springtime in the Walled Garden at Farmleigh

Enjoy Springtime in the Walled Garden at Farmleigh

Farmleigh Estate and Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am until 5pm. The Walled Garden covers about four acres and is sloped ideally towards the south. A fine pair of highly decorative wrought iron gates lead into a diagonal walk with double...

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Hi Fashion! at Farmleigh Gallery

Hi Fashion! at Farmleigh Gallery

Hi! Fashion 1 December 2017 to 29 April 2018 Come and see garments from the collections of Issey Miyake, John Rocha, Noritaka Tatehana and Úna Burke, to name a few! A touring exhibition of fashion from Japan and Ireland produced by the Design & Crafts Council of...

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Documentary on Newstalk: Keeping Time

Documentary on Newstalk: Keeping Time

  As part of the Spring Season of Documentary on Newstalk, producer Patricia Baker tells the story of Ireland’s unique way of dealing with time, as she explores the rich and diverse history of Ireland’s clocks and watches, that have been keeping time for us for...

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Writer-in-Residence 2017

Writer-in-Residence 2017

  Farmleigh are delighted to announce that their Writer in Residence for 2017 is Mia Gallagher. Based in Dublin, Ireland, she is the author of two widely acclaimed novels: HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) which received the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007),...

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The Grove of Nations Park

The Grove of Nations Park

Representatives from the Diplomatic Corps today, 19th June, attended a tree-planting ceremony to launch the Grove of Nations at Farmleigh House. The Park is an intiative for the Embassies of Ireland to come together and plant trees in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate...

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