Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo, Ireland
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LISSADELL HOUSE AND GARDENS
Extended opening to 19 October 2014, 10.30am - 6pm every day. Tickets 12 Euro for adults & 6 Euro for children.
Sunday 19 October Harvest Home
For this ticket price you can spend the whole day at Lissadell, from 10.30 - 6; you can view, at your own pace, the Exhibition Galleries (Yeats, Markievicz, WW 1 centenary & the Riding Arena); wander through the Alpine Garden & Kitchen Garden (under restoration), take a guided house tour and enjoy the woodland walks. All for your ticket price. See the Kathy Sheridan visit video by Bryan O'Brien below. Click on DIRECTIONS above for travel information. Click on VISITOR INFO for details of house tours, exhibitions, gardens and our tea rooms, and also for Season/Weekend/Family tickets. There is no wheelchair access to the House, or to the upstairs galleries in the Coach House & Riding Arena. This is a country estate, so be sure to wear comfortable outdoor walking shoes.
Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide: "Re-opened in 2014 following a five year closure, Lissadell is the brightest historical and cultural gem of the north-west and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sligo or planning a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way". Georgina Campbell's Ireland 2014
7/9/14. "Graceful Lissadell". Last week we revisited Lissadell after some years away. Lovely Lissadell in her perfumed gardens, how wonderful you are - equal in measure to Dante's Garden of Paradise on Earth - Eden - 'Qui Primavera sempre e ogne frutto: nettare e questo di che ciascun dice' - here there is always spring and every fruit, And that's the nectar they all speak about. You are too in your way, the object of Botticelli's masterpiece, 'Primavera' (at the Uffizi), and despite the attempted despoliation of your unique beauty by some philistines - no less equal in measure to Shakespeare's 'Rape of Lucrece' - you remain chaste, pure beautiful and ever graceful. MW, BW, Kildare.
"That old grey mansion": W. B. Yeats
The Lissadell Estate is the home of Edward Walsh, his wife Constance Cassidy and their seven children. Writing about Lissadell for the Sunday Times forty-four years ago the BBC's Anne Robinson ('The Weakest Link') observed that "the garden is overgrown, the greenhouses are shattered and empty, the stables beyond repair, the roof of the main block leaks badly and the paintings show patches of mildew". After 70 years of neglect an intensive programme of restoration - without any public funding - has taken place in the House, Gardens, Stable Block and grounds since 2004 and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. Click here for the text of Anne Robinson's article. No grants of any kind were made in respect of any part of the restoration, either for the house, the gardens or any part of the grounds. Every penny spent was earned by us.
OUR VISION is to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, whilst providing a secure environment for our children and for our visitors. We do not wish to exploit Lissadell commercially but to restore the house and gardens to their former glory, make Lissadell self-sustaining and protect this crucible of Ireland's historic and literary heritage.
Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family
"It’s a wonderful place – if you have to choose just one visitor attraction in Ireland to visit, make it Lissadell. And allow plenty of time": Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide.
HARVEST HOME FOR THE NORTH WEST
Sunday 19th October 2014
RIDING ARENA, LISSADELL
We are reviving the long standing tradition of a Harvest Home day in the Riding Arena at Lissadell. In past years this day was a harvest celebration for workers and tenants on the Lissadell Estate. This year it will be open to the public, and will have exhibits and stalls based on the taste of the North West.
Serria potatoes in flower in the Victorian Kitchen Garden at Lissadell (right)
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser in New York 26 October 2014
Kevin J. Kennedy (President of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, New York Branch) visited us on Saturday, and asked us to mention that there a fundraiser at Rory Dolan's, 890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers NY on Sunday 26 October 2014, 2pm - 7pm. Mr Kennedy is photographed with John Perry TD in the Alpine Garden. For further information contact: Irish Guide dogs for Blind fundraiser
A curious robin redbreast in the Alpine Garden
Kathy Sheridan, Brian Farrell & Bryan O'Brien visit Lissadell
Bryan O'Brien videoing in the Bow Room; Kathy Sheridan & Brian Farrell in the Tea Rooms
Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat). Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids' rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell. Sligo born poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1893 and 1894. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:
The light of evening, Lissadell
Many a time I think to seek
W. B. Yeats
The Alpine Garden, butterflies & bees
Note the different coloured pollen baskets of these busy bees, reflecting the different pollen sources
The Lissadell Tearooms
Red currants from the Kitchen Garden at Lissadell
Irish Hares, 7am Sunday morning
The hare is one of Ireland's longest established indigenous species of mammal.These hares have a regular morning run across the lawns by the house to the fields beyond. Today they sense that they are under scrutiny from the house.
Lissadell welcomed An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to Lissadell in June 2014
An Taoiseach takes afternoon tea (prepared by Tim Bracken) in the Ante Room at Lissadell
For a pictorial record of An Taoiseach's visit to Lissadell, click on this link: Visit by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny June 2014
Butterflies & Bees
Butterflies and moths include the couded yellow, the pearl-bordered fritillary, the small tortoiseshell, the painted lady, the peacock, the speckled wood, the red admiral (a regular visitor to the Kitchen garden) and the common blue (engaged in a mating dance)
RESTORATION WORK AT LISSADELL: A PICTORIAL RECORD
click on the image below
Roses, Lavender, Nepeta, Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Apples, Strawberries
EXHIBITIONS AT LISSADELL
THE YEATS GALLERY
POET, NOVELIST, SINGER, SONGWRITER
On 01 August 2010
The new exhibition in the Yeats Gallery displays a definitive collection of first edition and rare books, original letters, paintings, drawings, photographs and ephemera focussing on the life and works of the poet William Butler Yeats, his brother the artist Jack, his father the portrait painter John; the artistic works of his sisters Lily and Lolly at the Cuala Press; and the works of thier literary and artistic contemporaries. The collection is both comprehensive and unique, and has been painstakingly assembled over the past five years. For more information click on YEATS above.
Leonard Cohen at the Yeats Gallery on 01 August, 2010
EXHIBITIONS at Lissadell include the Constance Markievicz Exhibition opened by An Taoiseach in March 2007, an exhibition of the World War 1 paintings of Jean Jacques Bellecour.
Images of W. B. Yeats, Countess Markievicz and AE (George Russell) on display at Lissadell
LEONARD COHEN CONCERT
LISSADELL - NEXT TO NATURE
Lissadell is a family home.
Access to the House, Gardens or any part of the grounds is by permission only.
Ben Bulben, summer and winter, viewed from Lissadell (below)
Photographs copyright Pamela Cassidy, Lissadell. No reproduction without express, written, permission