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Shakefest 2014 – Launch Parties

Shake Fest 2014 is coming up and so is our launch party!

 This year we will be hosting two launch parties for Shake Fest in May, one in Dublin and one in Tullamore. Come along to one (or both!) and enjoy a night full of entertainment!


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Tuesday 13th May 7:30 p.m.
Woolshed BAA & Grill, Parnell St., D1. – Map
Our dublin launch will include performances from The Underscore Orkestra, Bollywood Fusion Ireland, The Red Embers, Bollywood Fusion Ireland, Johnny Rayge, Resham-Ka Tribal, Spoken Word and more!
There will also be a raffle with prizes on the night.

Admission is €5.


Tullamore Launch

Wednesday 14th May, 7:30 p.m.
Seomra Beag, Joe Lee’s, Tullamore – Map

Our Tullamore Launch party will include another performance from our headline act The Underscore Orkestra, performances from The Red Embers, The Tullamore Rhymers Club and more!

There is a €5 suggested donation and there will also be a raffle on the night.

For information please visit – Tickets available via EventBrite

Violetta Returns!

You are invited to:
An International Jazz, Soul and Blues Evening at Charleville Castle

Limited to 120 guests only



Having “brought the house down” in a previous performance at Charleville Castle, Violetta is returning to enthrall Charleville Castle supporters in the acoustic perfection of the famous fan-vaulted gallery on June the 11th for that one special night only. Violetta has succeeded in enticing the great Michele Faber, “one of the most highly respected pianists of the Los Angeles jazz scene”. For the sax she has selected the Swedish saxophone player Fredrik Carlquist, along with two of Ireland’s new musical sensations, Dave Redmond on bass and Kevin Brady on drums.

This is a night to unite supporters of Charleville Castle and bring in more. Only 120 tickets are being printed. The idea is let the gallery of Charleville Castle show what it can do for such a wonderful contemporary music assembly. A sponsored wine reception with roaring fires, café-style seating and moody lighting are planned to let 120 people in on the secret of Charleville Castle’s unique design. This will be the night, in 2010, to truly appreciate the power in the heritage, which we are together saving for generations to come.

Stay and meet with the performers and other interesting people who will come. If you have far to travel, we will gladly assist you with local accommodation arrangements. The Tullamore Court Hotel is particularly supporting the evening with an impossibly large reduction on the cost of overnight accommodation with full breakfast and all the other perks – just prove that you are a guest of Violetta and you will be surprised with what will be offered you. On a peak Friday night you will have the possibility of enjoying Tullamore’s finest hotel arrangement for just €55 per person sharing.

This will truly be a night to remember, a night of great entertainment and art, and a night for new dreams, new ideas and friends.

We would like to thank Sandy Fitzgerald of the Grapevine, and City Arts Centre, fame for his loyalty and support over the years and for creating, through Violletta, this great feast of music and heritage which now awaits you!

Essential information:

* Charleville Castle is only a few minutes from Tullamore Train Station, connecting to Cork and Galway and only one hour from Dublin.

* Tickets are €20. They are strictly limited to 120 in number. It will sell-out. They are available from or any ticketmaster outlet.

* Doors open 7pm. Performance commences 8pm sharp. Doors close 8pm Sharp.

* Don’t feel hurried after the event – there is nowhere better for an after performance chat. Leave your car at home and enjoy some sponsored beer and wine. Or just simply soak up the magical atmosphere.

* Offaly County Arts Office supports this event

* This event is in aid of Charleville Castle Heritage Trust – it is not just funding that matters – Charleville Castle needs its true friends – we also need more to understand the greatness of this masterful human construction but also to appreciate how this can be for all to share – now and long into the future.

Important Links On-line:

Michelle Faber (USA):
Fredrik Carlquist:
Kevin Brady:
Dave Redmond:

Important Contacts:
Charleville Castle Heritage Trust:
Dudley Stewart: 087 909 2593
Bridget Vance 087 766 4110
Tullamore Court Hotel: 057 934 6666

A clock raffled to raise funds

Long-standing Volunteer Monica Daly who lives at the Castle Gate Lodge generously donated a hand made slate clock from Heartworks as part of a fundraising raffle in aid of Operation Lift.

She raised €100 towards the project, and one lucky winner by the name of Marian walked away with it!  Many thanks for your creative and fun approach to fundraising.

Have a look at the Heartworks website for more clocks and other incrediable designs made from slate.

Thanks again to Monica and Maurico!

Recent Fundraisers


Paranormal investigation groups ‘The Paranormal Research Association of Ireland’ (PRAOFI) and ‘Irish Paranormal Investigation Crew’ (IPIC) team together to raise an extra €1,000 worth of funds for Operation Lift

Many thanks go to Traze Shallow of PRAI, Maura and Garrett of IPIC, and all involved as they conducted 2 extra Paranormal Investigation nights – February 20th and 27th in aid of Operation Lift, bringing in over €1,000 extra needed funds which was used for the essential Safe Pass training expenses for the volunteer site workers. More investigations are scheduled to happen out of their ordinary yearly schedule which is going to make a huge difference in the financial sustainability of the project. WELL DONE!

Gillian Murphy conducts special tour Sunday 28th of February raising €300 for Operation Lift

This money helped elevate the total funds raised that weekend and she wowed her guests with her psychic know-how and familiarity with Charleville Castle, giving special attention to the special energy surrounding the castle and its strength in the middle of the tower rooms on the mezzanine floor. We’re looking forward to the next tour! Thanks a million Gillian!

The Burren College of Art and their International Students Raise €600 through an overnight photographic excursion Saturday, March 6th, 2010

As many are aware, Charleville Castle is beautiful to photograph because of its picturesque setting as well as its stunning Neo-Gothic interior and exterior design. Many photography groups have produced amazing shots from the castle that are mostly posted on Flickr. Martina Cleary graciously offered to bring her students for an overnight experience at the castle. All camped out in the lounge keeping warm by the fire, as they all periodically ventured throughout the many rooms and aspects of the castle to explore their creativity. We can’t wait to see the finished products. Thanks again Martina and your students, for appreciating the unique beauty and design of one of Francis Johnston’s architectural masterpieces.

The money that Martina and her students from The Burren College of Art raised is going directly towards incurred site expenses which enables the workers to hire necessary equipment to de-construct the massive parts of the buildings such as the roof and side panels.

Some of the students have started putting up their photos on their own websites, is one of the first we’ve seen online.


Photos from Killarney Paranormal’s Leg and Chest Shave fundraiser Saturday March 6th
The Irish Burner’s Potluck dinner Saturday March 20th
The Red Embers and Stagecraft Ireland’s DANCE-A-THON Saturday, March 20th

watch this space!

PRAI/IPIC Fundraising

The PRAOFI and the IPIC are holding a joint invesitgation on the 20th of Feburary in order to raise funds for Project Lift. Thanks guys! Hope all goes well on the night.

If your intrested have a look at the post on for details. I don’t think there are many spots left though!


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