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Country life – Shankill Castle

Snowdrop Month

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As part of the Carlow Snowdrop Festival, the grounds at Shankill Castle will be open every weekend in February. Enjoy the first signs of spring on our garden and woodland walks through snowdrops, hellebores and other early spring plants. GARDEN OPENING TIMES Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd Feb, 11am–4pm Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th Feb, […]

No dig gardening with Charles Dowding

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The Carlow Garden Festival at Shankill Castle This year we are thrilled to have “no dig” expert Charles Dowding leading our Garden Festival talk and workshop in the Walled Garden. Charles explains the principles of a no dig approach, (that’s right, gardening without the digging!) and demonstrates how to do it in the Walled Garden at […]

At your service, Francis Brennan at Shankill Castle

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From April to August 2017, we planned, designed, created and opened The Coach House Café in the stableyard of Shankill Castle. During this time we had the pleasure of being advised and mentored by renowned hotelier Francis Brennan of the five-star Park Hotel, Kenmare. Our journey was documented for the reality TV show ‘At Your […]

Spring Awakening

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Come and visit our snowdrops and spring bulbs. We are open from February 6th – 26th, 2-6pm. Ideal for a stroll through the formal and walled gardens and woodland to watch spring awakening at last. Entrance is €5. Pay on arrival at the honesty box outside the front door. For castle tours call or email […]

Harvest and Hallowe’en

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Harvest reflections at Shankill Castle Harvest time is looming. Evenings loose the lingering light and shops start to sell Hallowe’en garb. Children long for holidays again and lots of trick-or-treating. Here at Shankill Castle, not much has to be done in the house to make it spooky for ScareFest . The spiders do all the […]