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

Poster for Shakefest 2018

Poster for Shakefest 2018

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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Easter Tours of Charleville Castle

Come along to Charleville Castle on Easter weekend (1st and 2nd of April) between 1pm & 4pm for a historical tour of Ireland’s most haunted castle.
On our guided tours you will learn about the historical facts surrounding Charleville Castle and its residents.
Tickets: €8 per Adult €4 per child. Minimum Tour Cost €20
Tours on the hour.

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First Ever Irish Festival of Forensic Science: CSI Tullamore

Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

10.30am – 4pm Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd of September, 2017


Every Contact Leaves a Trace” – Edmond Locard

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Help us to investigate a newly discovered (fake!) shallow grave containing enough the evidence to identify the perpetrator!

A human body has been located in a shallow grave in the wooded grounds of the fabulous, Neo-Gothic Charleville Castle. There are a range of suspects but each has a robust alibi.

Join members of the Irish Forensic Science Community and researchers and scientists from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, botany, geology, toxicology, zoology as well as the Garda to learn the basics and try out the outdoor and lab techniques regularly used in crime scene investigations in Ireland.

Work the scene, gather and record the evidence to identify the victim and the killer.  Get your white coats on!


You! If you’ve ever read a murder mystery, played Cluedo, watched CSI and thought I’d love to try it for yourself, then this Festival is for you!


Leaders: Rene the Human Remains man, Ruth the Bones lady, Howard the Botanist, Maria the Geomycologist, Tom the retired Garda Sargeant, Paddy the Geologist, Joanne the Archaeologist

What? Irish Festival of Forensic Science

Where? Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

When? Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Why? Release your inner CSI, Ruth Rendell or Sherlock Holmes!

This event will introduce you to a broad range of techniques used in forensic science in Ireland.

How much? PER DAY:  €20 for adults, €10 per child 12-18 (Under 12’s are unfortunately not permitted due to the sensitive nature of the event)

Saturday  – Behind the scenes of forensic science in Ireland – try the kit – microscopes, fingerprinting, footprint and toolmark identification with experts in the field!

Sunday – Murder Mystery – Shallow Grave investigation and crime lab


Make and identify your own fingermarks; examine footprints; analyze hair, soil, pollen, plant, fungi, mineral, particle samples for evidence; narrow down a crime scene by Geographic Information System (GIS) study; biometrics of bones; examination of tool marks on bone; put the evidence together to find the perpetrator!

Take part in the excavation, assist with the location and examination of the evidence to narrow down the suspects– we have just one day to apprehend the killer!

Photo shoot opportunity – Join the Usual Suspects line-up, Have your mugshot taken!

Prize for an eagle-eye detective genius on the day who adds the evidence together and correctly identifies whodunit!

Food available for purchase on site

Free parking on site

Forensic Science Festival BBQ – (€10) 6-8pm Saturday 2nd September

Prize for best Forensic Science Themed Fancy Dress!

Charleville Castle Tours available each day 11am – 5pm; €10 per person (booking required)

Tickets are available on

For more information and tickets Contact: Maria 087-3644645

Facebook:  Charleville Castle

Twitter: Charlevillecast

Possible things we can cover:

Shallow Grave Exploration

Fingerprinting – look at your own and those of the perpetrator

Tool mark and footprint studies

Bone and skeleton examination

Pollen and spore identification

Soil analysis

Fabric, hair, fibre analysis

Some poisons and their impacts – minerals, plants, fungi

Use of geology, soil and GIS in identification of the scene of the crime

Evidence on computers and communications – phones

Arson and how it is recognised

Training of dogs in the location of victims

Volunteer at the castle!

Shakefest 2017

SHAKEFEST IS BACK! In its 12th year, no matter what size or what’s on, you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazingly cultural and creative experience every year.

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Once again at Charleville Castle, Tullamore, we are offering some energetic and creative kids workshops and our usual colourful and eclectic Evening Hafla of cultural entertainment on Saturday, May 27th, and kids and adult art workshops on Sunday, May 28th!

Here’s our initial programme for Saturday:

GRAND BALLROOM – kids ages 4-12

2pm – Hula Hoop

3:15pm – Intro to Circus Skills (diabolo, plate spinning, juggling)

4:30pm – Intro to Cultural (Middle Eastern, Bellydance)

*** each workshop has max. capacity each of 25 so book ASAP to avoid disappointment!

11am-1pm – Muwashahat (Intermediate)
2-5pm – Manbuty (General Levels)

5:30pm DINNER BREAK (selection of burgers, chips, salads and drinks available for purchase)


7pm – Evening Cultural Hafla feat. kids dance groups, Oriental and Middle Eastern dance, International Guest Instructor/Performer Mariel Sitka, Olaconga Reggae and African music

There will be a few market stalls in the main hallway for your perusal and kids facepainting from 1pm!

Programme for Sunday:

Aidans Workshops
Art workshops with Aidan’s Art Academy
Kids 4-12 workshop: 10am-1pm €20
Adults workshop: 2-5pm €25

*** again, max. capacity is 25 participants per workshop so book ASAP to avoid disappointment!

Kids Workshop Pricing:

€7.50 per workshop
€15 for all 3 on Saturday (includes evening Hafla)
Package of €30 for 3 Saturday workshops plus Aidan’s arts workshop Sunday.

Evening Hafla

€10 per Adult
€25 Family Pass
Camping €10 per Adult
€20 Family Camping Pass

Mariel Sitka Workshops:
1 workshop €30
Both workshops €55

All info and prices are on and Eventbrite  if you would like to book tickets or workshops in advance. Drop ins are also welcome for all workshops unless we state in advance that its sold out.  If you have any questions, contact!