Photographs of Past Events at the Castle

Castle Reopening October 2015



40.40.40 State Art Exhibition 2013

An exhibition in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the EU. The works exhibited were from the State collection andwere by 40 artists under the age of 40 who are Irish or resident in Ireland.



Period Building Skills Show 2013

This was run in association with the Irish Georgian Society and South Dublin County Council. A weekend of traditional building skills, demonstrations, and conservation talks, for anyone interested in period buildings, architectural conservation, and traditional building skills.



Did you know...

… that the wonderful interiors by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart can be seen exclusively here at Rathfarnham Castle, as he worked on no other houses in Ireland. He did design the Temple of Winds at Mount Stewart, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.




Ceramics Ireland Exhibition 2013






Heritage Week 2013

Fashion designs were created during our Buttons and Bows workshop inspired by the Berkeley costume collection.

Guides and children gathered around tables for Rathfarnham Castle’s Bioblitz in the Park! The workshop concentrated on dentifying the plants and wildlife of the castle grounds.


Wandering Methods 2012 and 2013

Wandering Methods was an exhibition of works created by a group of local residents in collaboration with artists Liz Nilsson, Maeve Clancy and Linda Florence. The works are inspired by the history, the stories, and the architectural details of Rathfarnham Castle, and by objects from their own lives.

Wandering Methods is a partnership between the Bealtaine Festival, the Office of Public Works and Craftspace in association with Falmouth University and the University of Northumbria.



Ceramics Ireland Exhibition 2012

Ceramics Ireland selected Exhibition 2012 was opened by Minister Brian Hayes and featured the work of 24 makers who were selected by an independent panel from 35 submissions. The exhibition featured three awards: the Peter Brennan Pioneering Award (Ali Kay), the Mill Cove Award (Ana Duncan), and the Gallery Zozimus Award (Andrew Ludick).




Heritage Week 2012

Dig It! Archaeology workshops for children with archaeologists Alan Hayden and Muirne Lyons.



21st Century Icons Exhibition 2011

Some of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary jewellers re-interpreted the iconic forms of celtic neckpieces, torcs and lunulas for the 21st Century.



Did you know...

… that Sir William Chambers never came to Ireland? This was even though he worked on various houses including the Casino at Marino, Charlemont House (today the Hugh Lane Gallery), Castletown House, and parts of Trinity College. His working drawings were sent back and forth from England to his clients.