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Articles tagged as "2018"

Another poem for Christmas and New Year

December 21, 2018

In keeping with our recent December ezine, we offer another of Patrick Kavanagh’s wonderful poems ‘Advent’. ..offering you a measure of calm and possibly event a rare chance to rest in the moment.   If the festive season becomes too much or the expectations begin to heighten, simply use these lines as mantras and repeat them […]

A no-fuss Christmas with Irish Landmark

December 14, 2018

In the past, Irish Landmark House Managers used to kindly put up decorations and fairy lights to greet our guests arriving for Christmas. However, this resulted in interesting feedback. Many of those choosing to rest with us at this time of year were on a mission to enjoy the holiday in a non-traditional way and to have a quiet, neutral space where […]

Poetry and Christmas at Irish Landmark

December 14, 2018

As the days in the run up to Christmas begin to take on a slightly more frenzied atmosphere, we find that poetry can be a wonderful way to keep our spirits grounded.   Below is one of Patrick Kavanagh’s beautiful poems A Christmas Childhood for a peaceful moment to pause and reflect on.    In this poem […]

400 Years of Elizabeth Fort in a Snapshot

October 30, 2018

Throughout history Elizabeth Fort has stood strong, performing like a well-read history book, encapsulating tales and stories from Ireland’s past..  Early in 1590, Elizabeth I ordered the construction of forts for the protection of Ireland’s main port towns, including Cork.    In 1601 George Carew, who was Lord President of Munster, initiated the building of […]

Saving Elizabeth Fort

October 30, 2018

Chris Southgate, Conservation Engineer and Director of Southgate Associates, was appointed by the OPW to carry out a multi-phase restoration project on Elizabeth Fort. Chris describes how he and the team involved transformed the site from ‘an ivy covered dangerous structure into a heritage site with tourism potential’. This is a very modest assessment from […]

Family breaks at Tullymurry House

May 30, 2018

A major advantage of Tullymurry House is that it is situated only one hour and fifteen minutes from Dublin Airport and only one hour from Belfast making it an ideal location to visit either city without having to endure a long day of driving. Don’t forget that the amazing Games of Throne Tapestry is on […]

Give Dad the gift of Irish Heritage

May 28, 2018

Looking for something a little bit different for Father’s Day this year? Why not give Dad the gift of a heritage break in an Irish Landmark Trust home. If only our Irish Landmark houses could speak….  they could provide us with in depth accounts of social change which has occurred within an Irish family context. […]

Dog Friendly Schoolhouse

May 4, 2018

This is a wonderful place for a dogcation. Schoolhouse at Annaghmore has its own private garden, fireplace, and cosy snug each of which will provide relaxing spaces for you and your dog to rest up after your day trips. Shells Café and Little Shop in Strandhill is a busy, friendly place to eat offering a […]

Shine a Light on Summer

May 4, 2018

After the recent weather bashing, we could all do with spending the next few months seizing all the sun light available to us. Great Lighthouses of Ireland are setting this tone very nicely with their upcoming May bank holiday festival entitled ‘Shine a Light on Summer’, which is taking place from Saturday 5th to Monday […]

Batty Langley Lodge ..for wagging tails

May 4, 2018

Inside the grounds of Castletown House, Irish Landmark Trust has three properties available to rent and two of these accommodations extend a warm welcome to dogs, namely Batty Langley Lodge and the Gate House.      Staying in these two properties makes for an ideal break for you and your dog where inclusivity is on […]

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