Want To See The Big House?

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From top: Castletown House; Zoe Ryan, inside the house’s Stable wing, with buttons embroidered by Countess Markievicz when she was in Holloway Prison.

Calling all antique-collecting/ vintage Venetian architecture fans.

Castletown House is Ireland’s “first, finest and largest” 18th century Palladian style house only 20km from Dublin’s city centre.

Christina writes:

On Saturday and Sunday rom 10am to 5pm, the Ofiice of Public Works will host its first Antiques Fair at Castletown House in Celbridge, Co Kildare with the Irish Antique Dealers Association in the House’s stunningly renovated Stable Wing*.

Twenty leading members of Irish Antiques Dealers’ Association will take part in the fair with fine furniture, painting, silver, jewellery, books, prints and a number of interesting items with 1916 connections on view and on offer.

Courtville Antiques has a set of special buttons in the original box, embroidered by Countess Markievicz whilst she was in jail in Holloway Prison. George Stacpoole of Adare has a collection of drawings done by members of the Gore Booth family of Lissadel of which the Countess was a member whilst The Silver Shop has a fine miniature of Sackville Casement who was the great uncle of Roger Casement.

To celebrate we have TWO family passes (either 2 adults, 2 kids or 4 adults) for a tour of the house to giveaway to TWO Broadsheet readers.

To enter, just complete this sentence.

‘I would particularly enjoy a guided tour of Castletown House owing to my interest in__________________________’

Lines MUST close at 5pm MIDNIGHT

Castletown House

* Parking: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West

Top pic: Skyline Studio

Bottom pic: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews

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23 thoughts on “Want To See The Big House?

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Still waiting for Karl to give us some stats or word bubble for;

      Penis Beakers
      Blueshirt
      Anne Doyle’s Back Garden
      Cabra West
      Crying Chair

      1. Kieran NYC

        Anne Doyle’s Back Garden and Cabra West would be totally lost on the shrill new generation of commenters, Clamps =[

        Also –

        *picture of Gay Byrne*

        “He’s 97. Ninety-seven!”

        *cue flummoxed flood of posts*

  1. Mickey Twopints

    I would particularly enjoy a guided tour of Castletown House owing to my new-found interest in Celbridge itself. I’ve recently started working there and I’m amazed at the number historically significant places in and around the town. If lucky enough to be selected for a pass, I would like to bring along some friends from central Europe who visit Ireland every summer without fail.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    Castletown House is great, and the tour guides are very friendly. Went there first on a school tour as a kid, and again most recently a few years ago. They do a great rendition of the story of the devil and Tom Connolly, and the broken stone in the floor cannot be repaired.

    Ah, yes! Always a good ghost story :)

    I would also recommend visiting the Batty Langley Lodge – the former gate lodge, restored and available to rent.

  3. ruth

    I would love this for my folks and a couple of their friends. My dad grew up on the edge of the estate, his childhood home was later knocked down to accommodate a new road there. We would often go there as kids, there was a great swimming spot just off the main entrance and also a big tree that had the best swinging branch ever!

  4. Paul

    I would particularly enjoy a guided tour of Castletown House owing to my interest in… buttons. The chocolate variety, that is.

  5. halfahead

    I would particularly enjoy a guided tour of Castletown House owing to my interest in the particularity of prison produced partisan paraphernalia presented in a palladium place

  6. Piperpaw

    Lady Louisa Lennox, who married Thomas Connolly in 1758 at the young age of 15. She then re-modelled Castletown House. One of the first jobs she oversaw was the building of the main stair case in the house. She had incredible vision at such a young age. I would love to have met her.

    1. Lordblessusandsaveus

      Yeah she’d probably have an Instagram and Pinterest page today. You could follow each other and fave each others photos of other people’s designs

  7. MoyestWithExcitement

    …owing to my interest in getting my art liking girlfriend decent gifts for her birthday which is tomorrow.

  8. passing through

    just to make it clear: this is a FREE EVENT so admission to the antiques Fair is FREE
    google it
    It’s FREE

  9. Lordblessusandsaveus

    Yeah she’d probably have an Instagram and Pinterest page today. You could follow each other and fave each others photos of other people’s designs.

  10. Digs

    I would particularly enjoy a guided tour of Castletown House owing to my interest in architecture, history and antiques. It’s also my birthday. Nobody would enjoy it more than I.

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