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!

Pop-Up School of Architecture April 5th

To celebrate the achievements of the students who participated in the National Architects in Schools Initiative, the IAF proud to announce a National Sharing Event taking place in the hidden gem Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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Teachers, Architects and architecture graduates have spent the last number of months working together with transition year student groups on a huge variety of architecture projects. They will use this inaugural event to meet fellow participants, share their experiences and learning and project outcomes.

The National Architects in Schools Initiative is devised and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and is funded by the Arts Council, Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture implementation programme.

Lithuanian SpringFest 2017




Jau antrus metus iš eilės, L.A.B.A.S (lietuvių asmenų ir bendruomenių Airijoje sąjunga) kviečia į kasmetinę “Pavasario šventę”, kurios metu pramogų ras ir maži, ir dideli.
Mus visus linksmins šauni kapela “Ratilai” (Lietuva).
Savo pasirodymais džiugins bendruomenių atstovai.
Alternatyvios muzikos mėgėjams koncertuos roko grupė.
Nei vieno tuščiomis neišleis mugės dalyviai.
Mažuosius papuoš veidukų piešėjai.
Visus linksmins cirko artistai.
Ir svarbiausia, turėsime puikią galimybę susipažinti(prisiminti) mūsų Tautos istoriją.
Tikriausiai Jūs jau žinote kur praleisite kovo 26-osios(sekmadienis) diena?

Biliatai:  Suaugusiems €10, Vaikams €5, Seimos Bilietas €25

More information on the event is on Facebook HERE and Evensi HERE

Flutist Adriana VonRunic and Artist Nicola Henley at Charleville Castle

International Music & Art Event at Charleville Castle:

Flautist Adriana VonRunic and Artist Nicola Henley

Saturday, April 1st @ 7:30pm



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Two lady artists of international standing have created a synergy opening eyes and ears!

It all started with the community arts festival INISCEALTRA in Mountshannon County Clare, of which the textile artist Nicola Henley and flautist Adriana von Runic where the founders in 1995.

Music & Art will create a unique experience for the audience in the perfect setting of CHARLEVILLE CASTLE.

JS Bach BWV 1008
Cello Suite Nr 2 in D Minor
In transcription for flute alone

Menuet I, II, I

Tickets are €15 at the door or in advance at

Press release coming soon 

Halloween Fun at Charleville Castle 2016

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Monday, October 31st from 3-6pm

Zombie dancing, treats, spooky crafts and more!

To all your little Ghouls and Boys – come and experience Charleville Castle, Tullamore at its spookiest this Halloween at a special kid’s Zombie Dance Party!

For years, Charleville Castle has been investigated by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics from around the world. Charleville Castle appeared on Living TV’s Most Haunted and ABC Family’s Scariest Places On Earth, as well as on Ghost Hunters International.  Many have heard or know about the castle’s resident ghost among many named Harriet, youngest daughter of the third Earl of Charleville, who died tragically in the main staircase of the building at the age of 6 in April 1863. Her presence in the castle has been reported many times by many different people, that she is still haunting the castle and its grand staircases to this day.

Ireland’s Celtic past has been reputed to be where Halloween or ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ first originated over the tradition of Halloween, calling itself the Festival of Samhain, the time when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the Otherworld and were visible to mankind.   Charleville Castle is also situated in Ireland’s most ancient primordial oak woods, once the haunting grounds of Ireland’s druids.  As if Offaly’s most famously haunted castle isn’t spooky enough – we will continue to celebrate these Celtic traditions by inviting all goblins, monsters and ghosties great and small to come and join us in a spook-tastic Zombie dance party full of witchy activities, performances, treats and delights!


Taking place from 3-6pm inside the Grand Ballroom of Charleville Castle, children from 2-10 years of age will be entertained with Spooky Halloween Arts and Crafts, an energetic Zombie dance routine to as their ‘trick’ while Tricking and Treating, a Ghoulish Circus Show, Witch and Ghost stories, and a special treat bag to take home!  Kids will also revel in our Zombie Disco to end the afternoon, with lots of bubbles and Halloween music to let loose to.

Dressing up is very encouraged – we will be holding a Halloween Costume competition of Best Dressed and also Best Home-Made Costume with great prizes to be had!

Doors open at 3pm and the party finishes by 6pm – advanced tickets are €8 per adult, and €5 per child, or Family Passes such as 1 adult and up to 3 kids for €18 or 2 adults and up to 3 kids for €24 that are available at K&G Kids on Patrick Street, Tullamore, or contact Sandra on 0833344334.  Tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  Please also bring your younger Goblins and Ghosties – babies and toddlers 0-2 years are free!  Parents will enjoy complimentary refreshments.

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