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

Seisiún at Charleville

Seisiún at Charleville Castle Charleville Castle is proud to be hosting the world famous Rahan Comhaltas Group for a full-on Seisiun from 8.30 pm till late on September 20th 2013.

There will kids performing from far and wide from between 3 years old and ninety.  All in the gothic halls of Charleville Castle.

Time 8.30pm to Late

Phone (057) 932 3040

Wild Food Mary – Guided Foraging Walk


Wild Food Mary – Guided Foraging Walk

Saturday 14th September, Charleville Estate Castle 10am . Cost €5.00 pay on arrival.

Mary Bulfin, foragerchef, and lover of all good food nature has to offer. I collect wild foods, use them fresh and also preserve, make all kinds of treats from delicious elderflower delight to relishes, dried mushrooms, and wonderful liqueurs.

Foraging is the oldest human method of gathering food. It mainly consists of collecting naturally growing green leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms and roots.

The benefits of collecting and eating wild food are many. Foraged food is healthy, ecological, tastes fantastic, and is a joy to collect!

Guided foraging walk around Charleville Estate Limited places are available so book early. Allow 2 hours. Dress appropriately


Help bring Peters Painting back to Charleville Castle

Peters Painting c 1970Our story begins when in 1970, Canadian, Graham Gordon climbed through the window of a derelict castle in Ireland, this Castle.

The floors were strewn with debris, rotting furniture and broken glass — a seat of power now long forgotten and lost in a deep primordial oak wood in the middle of Ireland. Light was streaming in through a broken shutter, casting rays across a giant room of intricate ornate design. There towering over Gordon hung a giant 10 foot by 20 foot grimy gilt frame encasing a gutted dark leather-like material. Gordon having felt sympathy for the falling heap of a castle instantly became determined to save this giant painting.

The owner gladly sold the painting to Gordon and the painting was carted off on the back of the tractor never to be seen again. Or so we thought?

There has always been the story of the missing painting — and sketch of it on the wall was discovered many years back — we searched and searched …

David Hicks the author of a book that is being published by Collins Press in September 2012 and features Charleville Forest Castle visited the castle in October 2011 and spoke to Dudley Stewart and shared his research with him about the Boydell painting fully restored at the Beaverbrook Museum in Canada.  This was excellent and more information on David’s book can be found at

In January of this year it . This is when we became determined to return an exact reproduction of this great painting to Charleville castle.

In Phase 1 we got permission from the owner. Phase two was the most challenging and we decided that if we could succeed with this phase we could seek funding to complete the return of King Henry to Charleville Castle. We were lucky when we found Arthur. Arthur had honed his skills in Poland before taking on this project to prove his high capability. Since then the reproduction has been completed and the canvas is rolled away – awaiting funding to complete the last phase — this involves the stretching of the canvas 20 foot by 10 foot in the great Dining Room of the castle and it’s mounting in a gilt frame on the wall where it had hung before for many , many years.

This project which once seemed impossible to achieve is now within our reach. The €4,000 we need will cover the final recreation of the painting measuring 10ft x 20ft across. This includes:
* The printing of the replica of King Henry 8th at the baptism of the future Queen Elizabeth 1st
* The construction of a fitting frame, similar to the original frame.
* The stretching of the huge canvas and mounting of it within this frame.

We sincerely thank you for considering supporting our cause! With your help it will be open to the public.

 To Help the cause, click here

RTE Article 9th July 2012

Please support our painting!!

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