The Legendary ANÚNA comes to Charleville Castle

Anuna, Charleville Castle Friday 24th September 2010

Anuna, Charleville Castle Friday 24th September 2010

World renowned Choir ANÚNA will play Charleville Castle, Tullamore Friday, September 24th at 8pm. It is a joint initiative between the Tullamore Gramophone Society and The Offaly Arts Office, the choir will also conduct a Choral Masterclass the following afternoon in the Presbyterian Church, Tullamore for anyone interested in choral singing.

A combination of movement, elegant costume, candles and haunting music is delivered by Anúna in their shows – the group have a diverse audience and followers, developed through 17 years of touring, and slip easily between classical and celtic based music.

Anúna’s concert will take place in the beautiful Neo-Gothic Splendour of Charleville Castle’s Grand Ballroom on the Friday evening at 8pm, and their workshop will take place in the Presbyterian Church, Tullamore between 2 to 4:30pm.

Tickets for the performance are €20 from Heartbeat City, Tullamore, and to book a place for the Choral Masterclass please contact the Arts Office at 05793 57400 or email

For more information on ANÚNA check out

*taken from excerpts of ‘Stage Left’ – Offaly Express, Sept 15, 2010

Its Heritage Week in your Castle

Its Heritage Week in your Castle

Charleville Castle is opening its doors free of charge to the general public again this year as a part the National Heritage Week. On Monday evening, August 23rd, renowned local historian, Michael Byrne will preside over a discussion on “The Fortunes Of The Charleville’s in the 19th Century”. Ciaran J Reilly will be bringing to the public for the first time revealing information the issues and challenges faced by the Charleville family in the lead up to and after the famine.

The 1820s and 1830s was the zenith for life and activity at Charleville Castle. It was a period which saw the designing and enlargement of the demesne and large scale agricultural improvements amongst other projects. At this time Charleville Castle was arguably the most prominent of the county’s numerous ‘Big Houses’. This lecture will examine the fortunes of the Charleville estate in the mid- nineteenth century by examining the role of Francis Berry, Lord Charleville’s land agent – while also highlighting the reasons for the decline of Charleville on the eve of the Great Famine. Ciarán Reilly is an IRCHSS Ph.D student at Dept of History, NUI Maynooth.

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.

The Heritage Council coordinates National Heritage Week with support from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government & Failte Ireland. The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Each year many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the program highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The Charleville Castle Heritage Trust has been supporting important research work in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The Maynooth based Centre for Historic Irish Houses & Estates is focusing on three new lines of research namely; The Great Famine and the Irish Country House; Irish Country Houses and their Yorkshire Connections and Music and the Irish Country House. Charleville Castle is now top of the list and exciting new information is coming to the fore. The Monday night discussion will present these new findings. Very little has been published about the Charleville family in these contexts. There has been much conjecture and legend. The Maynooth research coupled with important Offaly Historical Research is helping to shine a new light on these parts of our history and cultural development. The Charleville Castle Heritage Trust is determined to, not only, preserve Charleville Castle, but also foster a better understanding of this part of our heritage and cultural development, and , as with the castle, share this with the public and the community.

Have you never had a guided tour of Charleville Castle? Well now is your chance! For two whole hours on Wednesday the 25th of August, volunteers at Charleville Castle are offering you a free guided tour (subject to numbers of course) between 2pm and 4pm. So Offaly will have a busy week with these and other attractions been thrown open to the public.

One week left – Violetta

There’s only one week left until Violetta returns to Charleville Castle. Joining her will be Michele Faber (USA), Fredrik Carlquist, the great sax player from Sweden – top international performers – along with two of Ireland’s new musical sensations, Dave Redmond on bass and Kevin Brady on drums. All in the the ballroom of Charleville Castle with roaring fires, a sponsored wine reception all in a
candlelit setting.

All in aid of the restoration of the magnificiant Charleville Castle. Tickets are available online through ticketmaster. The Tullamore Court Hotel has been particularly supportive of this event with a large reduction on the cost of overnight accommodation with full breakfast and all the other perks, if you book through the Tullamore Court Hotel you will have the possibility of enjoying Tullamore’s finest hotel arrangement for just €55 per person sharing.

Remember, this is all in aid of the restoration of Charleville Castle, with your support we can bring more great acts like this to Tullamore and Charleville Castle and it brings us another step in the restoration project.

Hope to see you there!

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

As we start to move away from Limerick

As the first phase of project lift draws to a close the second phase has already started! We’ve still got some of the waste treatment systems to remove from the site in Limerick if anyone can give a hand, again safepass required for it. You can contact us at or through the contact page.

The second phase has actually been going on for awhile, it’s composed of planning and fund-raising. Such a large project would be nothing without either! We’ve got some good things planned with both buildings but as we start to leave Limerick we need to get going on fund-raising again to cover costs for moving the buildings and storing them. If you have any ideas for good fundraising events let us know! Alternativly there is a donate link on the right hand side of the site if you wish to contribute to this immense project for the castle.

We had a bit of a problem getting the latest pictures from the site in Limerick, hope to have them soon for a side-by-side comparison, might have a bit of video as well if it turned out well.

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