Culture Night 2018

Come and experience an awe-inspiring, interactive variety of cultural performances this Friday at Charleville Castle, Tullamore!

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Culture Night takes place once a night each year in September. Originating in Temple Bar, it has now extended to hundreds of venues that host free events which take place throughout the whole country in the majority of towns and cities in Ireland. Its purpose is to celebrate international creativity in this country, and also for each county, town and city to be aware of and appreciate its multicultural, talented citizens.

Venues in Tullamore, Co. Offaly also host a variety of Culture Night performances each year in various venues throughout the town through the Offaly County Council Arts Office. This year, over 30 venues will open up their doors and showcase some of County Offaly’s best talent through poetry, theatre, craft, song, dance and comedy; Charleville Castle will of course be right in the middle of the excitement – with an amazing variety of international songs, dance and revelry!

Cultue Night takes place this year on Friday, September 21st, starting at 7pm with open tours of the mezzanine floor. At 8pm we welcome Dance groups Rokoko, Step by Step from Dublin who will be treating the audience to an amazing assortment of dance styles as well as the Celtic Blondes Irish song and dance. We also welcome Lithuanian Community Dance Groups Rakila and Lelumie as well as resident Poet and longtime Volunteer Roseanna Tyrell.

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Following the cultural dance show, we introduce the finale of the evening’s entertainment with Rahan Comhaltas and friends taking to the stage to bring to you the very best of their own Irish traditional culture with a show that both captivates the audience and welcomes their participation. After the initial staged show, light refreshments are served during the short break ‘sos’. Then the wild card part of the show unfolds where guests are invited to join in the Seisiún experience, taking to the floor as they wish … with a step, tune, song, or story which will bring the evening to a fantastic crescendo that will have the audience singing, participating and dancing along. Music, song, dance and storytelling await the lucky audience on this anticipated night – but who will show up? There is only one way to find out – see you there!

Audience members get a double whammy – not only do they get to experience amazing cultural talent in County Offaly’s Culture Centre of the Midlands on the heel of successful Multicultural Dance and Art Festival Shakefest, but they also get to experience it in one of Ireland’s Neo-Gothic Architectural and Artistic Masterpieces – Charleville Castle.

We wish to thank the Offaly County Council Arts Office for supporting this venture.

Lucky 13th Year for Shakefest – May 26th & 27th

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No matter what size or what’s on, Shakefest is guaranteed to provide an amazingly cultural and creative experience for families and all ages every year. Started in 2006, the festival has had great success for 13 very lucky years in helping to promote a world without borders at Charleville Castle Tullamore, Culture Centre of the Midlands.

As always, Shakefest will provide some energetic and creative kids workshops this year such as Circus and Dance Ribbons, Improvisation and Drama and Musical Storytelling as well as Egyptian Dance for adult dance students. The evening then gives way to the always colourful and eclectic Evening Hafla of cultural entertainment on Saturday, May 26th starring various children and adult ethnic dance groups and special guests as well as kids and adult Rolled Felt Making workshops and musical workshops for Babies on Sunday, May 27th.

Shakefest also highlights not 1, but 2 International Guest Instructors from opposite sides of the globe this year.

Adriana Von Runic is a successful German Concert Flutist who travels the world performing and teaching Pentatonic music to all ages, with presently developing and ongoing projects in China and Australia.

At Shakefest she will specialize in inspiring parents, infants and young people towards a musical journey of senses & storytelling, and how to teach them to add the element of creativity into their daily lives while providing uniquely designed musical instruments to work with.

For more information on Adriana’s fun, revolutionary teachings and workshops at Shakefest visit, and

Shakefest is also pleased to present a Performance Artist and Bellydancer originally from Salem, Massachusetts, USA. Aepril Schaile, MFA is an internationally recognized performance artist/priestess/poet working through the ancient and ever-evolving art of Tribal Bellydance.

Aepril draws deeply from her life-long practice and study of mysticism, yoga and archetypal psychology, creating an experience of visceral and aetheral ritual theatre. Aepril will be conducting a Tribal Bellydance workshop on exploring Theatrical and Archetypal impressions as well as Goddess Astrology.

For more information on Aepril’s work and workshops at Shakefest visit and as well as for prices, ticketing and workshop bookings for the whole event. For any enquiries please email


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Culture Night 2019 – Friday, September 20th

Come one, come all to the once again fantastic variety of cultural acts and performances at Charleville Castle this year for Culture Night 2019!  Rahan Comhaltas hosts an amazing array of cultural acts including the Daltai Cultural Dance group from Scoile Mhuire, Happy City Samba band and of course as an evening crescendo, join Rahan Comhaltas for a song, dance, a chat and a cup of tea!

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For more information contact 05793 23040 or

Congratulations Shakefest 2019!

Congratulations to Shakefest 2019 for raising €500 for Charleville Castle!  The money will be going towards the ‘Raise the Roof’ project for the Chapel.  Along with its fascinating past, present and most likely future, Charleville Castle is also a wonderful host as an International Culture Centre of the Irish Midlands where the cultivation of Dance, Energy, Movement, Joy and Excitement, understanding and education prevail!

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Check out Shakefest 2019’s Gallery of all of the wonderful cultural and creative contributions this year.

Shakefest 2019 – June 1st & 2nd


Wedding Masterclass

The prestigious Charleville Castle & Liaqbell present an amazing Bridal Masterclass, If your planning a unique wedding in 2019/2020 then this event is a must for you!

Introducing to the catwalk the Charlotte Lucas Bridal collection.

‘We are thrilled to be opening the doors of the prestigious Charleville castle to host our very 1st Amazing Bridal Masterclass, dedicated to helping you design your perfect unique classic wedding day.

Experience Charleville Castle as you’ve never seen it before, dressed for your wedding with vintage afternoon tea and a sparkling introduction to 2019 key wedding trends. We have chosen from the best in the Wedding Industry from Hair Designers, Photographers, Videographers, Make-Up Artists, Entertainment, Floral Designers, Indulgent wedding cakes and much more…

Our dedicated team will on hand throughout the afternoon to tend to your every need …Special discounts available on the day, tickets to this event are limited – so early booking is advised !!

Hosted by events stylist and Co-ordinator Sandra Conway (Liaqbell)

Tickets €35 per person inclusive afternoon tea, and goody bag for everyone. Information to book tickets on