Charleville Castle plays host for Teen Aware 2012!

As what started out as an event providing teenagers vital information regarding suicide awareness and to offer support groups for those interested, Teen Aware is only going to be in it’s 2nd year, but has grown to be known as “Ireland’s biggest teen event!!”

Not only will this year’s event be reminiscent of 2011, Teen Aware is adding much more to the venue for 2012!!  This includes the Road Safety Authority, who’s appearance will add activities to educate teenagers on the importance of road safety.  Demonstrations to assist the RSA will include a car crash scenario and an interactive road safety experience!

And that’s only the beginning!  With the Battle of the Bands, teens will have the opportunity to enjoy live music throughout the afternoon and evening, all the while relaxing on the grounds of Charleville Castle!  Bressie, Mundy and The Original Rude Boys are just 3 of the bands scheduled to play of what will be an experience that teens of all ages will love!

Teen Aware starts at 2pm on Friday April the 6th and is scheduled to go until 10pm.  Please note that as this is strictly a teen oriented event, alcohol is highly prohibited and searches may be carried out by the Garda to ensure this policy stays in place.

Charleville Castle is excited to host such an anticipated event for the 2nd year in a row, and we are looking forward to creating lasting memories for each and every one of you that is planning to attend!

Irish Baroque Orchestra visiting Charleville Castle

The Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), directed by Grammy nomineee Monica Huggett, will present a beautiful and moving programme of works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Ferrandini at Charleville Castle, Tullamore on Friday, March 2 at 8pm.

Entitled ‘The Suffering of the Virgin’, the concert includes Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater (a hymn to Mary), and ‘Il Pianto di Maria’   composed by Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (1710-91), from which the title of the touring project is drawn.

This last work, a formidable and skillfully orchestrated cantata, was for many years attributed to Handel. However, ongoing suspicions about its authenticity coupled with further research has, in more recent times, reunited the work with its rightful owner.

The IBO is delighted to be joined by two of Ireland’s finest vocalists for this series. Countertenor Stephen Wallace, an internationally successful soloist and one of Ireland’s most accomplished performers, will be joined by outstanding soprano Mary Nelson, who hails originally from Belfast.

For more information, and online bookings, please visit www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com or call  01 4023518.

Tickets for the March 2 performance, promoted by the Irish Baroque Orchestra in association with Charleville Castle Heritage Trust, cost €15 (conc €12) and are available from Heartbeat City, Tullamore.

 

Help needed with Chapel Protective Roof Project Head Quarters

Volunteers at work!

Volunteers at work!

Chapel Protective Roof Project Head Quarters

The Chapel Protection Roof Project HQ was built for the ability to manage and assemble a safe plan to restore the chapel roof. This area allows volunteers to continue work in a comfortable environment during harsh winter conditions. The ability to work through the winter will allow for more stability and quicker completion of all the restoration projects. The materials that will be used on the chapel roof has been recovered from the Limerick tunnel project. These materials which are all recycled will be disassembled and transformed into an elegant new chapel roof.

The amount of commitment and hard work that has been put into the Head Quarters has been incredible from all the volunteers involved. Since Castlepallooza 2011, this area has gone through a large renovation. Which include:

– Uplift/restore the floor

  • Install a subfloor
  • New support beams and ceiling
  • Fiberglass insulation in floor and ceiling
  • Hang and design doors
  • Wall building
  • Painting/sealing

These jobs have been completed by just a hand full of volunteers, there are still many jobs that need assistance with this project.

– Hang plaster board on walls and ceiling

  • Design and install bathroom
  • Install wood heaters/ventilation
  • Upgrade floor surface

The Castle needs as many hands as possible, these types of jobs might not be as much fun as the event volunteering; but to make the events fun and safe we would greatly appreciate your help!!

A Spook at Charleville!

spookWhy not start off your Halloween celebrations with a spooky tour of Charleville Castle with interactive tales and activities…

From 2pm till 6pm on the hour at Charleville Castle, you can go on a History and Mystery tour. Learning of the history of Charleville Castle as told by the ghosts of the castle when the characters of the castle come alive for one day only.

Meet the count and countess from the castle, long since gone and the servants that once lived there will help you on your tour.
Ghostly Face Painting, Trick or Treats and old Halloween party games that would have been played back in their time.
Spooky Story telling in the dining room and much, much more.
Make sure you book your place early!

Limited to 20 people per group, running once an hour.
Only €6 per child (Adults Free)
Discounts for groups.

 

2011 –

New Castle Friends Website

www.castlefriends.com

www.castlefriends.com

We are delighted to announce the launch of www.castlefriends.com , a website dedicated to our volunteers and friends.  Please check in regularly to see the news on whats happening!

We value our volunteers at Charleville and celebrate them every day!

Learn more about Charleville Castle history, architecture, projects and of course, ghost stories by visiting us…

It is dedicated to our Volunteers and friends of the casle and it’s purpose is to communicate with them on our projects, our aims, ambitions and dreams.

All ideas are taken on board and most are brought to fruition because, without our volunteers, we would not survive.

Hope to see you soon!

Tá áthas orainn a fhógairt go bhfuil an seoladh www.castlefriends.com, láithreán gréasáin tiomanta chunár n-oibrithe deonacha agus a chairde. Déan seiceáil i rialta chun an nuacht ar cad tarlú!

Is mór againn ár n-oibrithe deonacha ag Ráth agus ceiliúradh a dhéanamh orthu gach lá!

 

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