Nowhere is Ireland’s history more eloquently expressed than in our “Big Houses”. Architectural awesomeness and century’s worth of history combine beautifully in stunning natural settings.
The Carlow Big Houses Festival is your chance to peek behind the doors of some of Ireland’s most lavish manor houses. Part of this autumn’s Taste the Island campaign, the festival allows visitors enjoy authentic food and drink, made using high quality local ingredients.
Ticket Sales: https://carlowtourism.com/bighouses/
Talk with Dr Terence Dooley: The Burning of the Big Houses in the Irish Revolution 1920-23 Abstract: Learn why these grand manor homes were seen as symbols of political and cultural oppression in a changing Ireland. Hear the astonishing story of the burning of Irish manor houses during the Irish Revolution (1920-23) from well-known writer and historian Dr Terence Dooley.
Date: 26th October | Time: 5pm | Adm: €12 pre-booking is advised but not essential at www.carlowtourism.com/bighouses
**Long Table Banquet Join Dr Terence Dooley in the atmospheric dining room of Lisnavagh House. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal with wine, featuring Michael Kealy Butchers, Tullow, cheeses from Carlow Farmhouse Cheese and vegetables and fruit from Lisnavagh Walled Garden and Orchard Date:** 26 October | Time: 8pm | Cost: €65 Pre-booking is essential at www.carlowtourism.com/bighouses
Guided Tour of Lisnavagh House Date: 26th & 27th October | Time: 11am – 4pm | Adm: €5 tours are by arrangement only, contact 087 987 5104
Big House Play Abstract: Clare was born into wealth and privilege, but all is not as it seems. Join us as we follow her around Lisnavagh House and witness her enviable life begin to fall apart. Enjoy pre-play drinks in the library, followed by a delicious supper. Date: 27 October Time: 7pm, play starts at approx.
Adm: €50 includes supper | Pre-booking is essential at www.carlowtourism.com/bighouses Date: 27th October | Time: 8pm, play starts at approx. 8pm
Discover the splendor of Altamont Gardens, a jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, and delve into the mysteries of the temple at Huntington Castle. Take a wildlife walk at Borris House or simply enjoy a guided tour of any of these fabulous houses and their historic gardens.
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