Painting conservator and restoration expert Justin Laffan joins us during National Heritage Week 2017 to breathe life back into a number of works from the Fota House collection.
Justin will be working at various times during Heritage week and you may catch a glimpse of the process on some of our House tours. Please note however, due to the nature of the conservation work, we cannot guarantee his presence on every tour.
Sincere thanks to the Heritage Council, who are funding this project.
Daily from Monday 21st August to Saturday 26th, we have a great day’s activity for you and your family here at Fota House & Gardens!
At 12pm daily, come and experience Mrs Kevin’s Cat children’s tour – Mrs Kevin is the Housekeeper at Fota House and she has lost her cat! Can you help us explore and find Toby?!
Then at 2pm daily, get your hands dirty and come Digging for History! Discover the gorgeous walled garden at Fota and enjoy a family visit to our Victoria Frameyard for a short tour, followed by some planting. Bring a yoghurt pot and take your plant home to grow!
Places on both tours are limited so pre-booking is essential on 021 481 5543. Call now to book your spot!
Please note, all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during these activities.
10th Annual evening of music, song and chat in Fota House, Carrigtwohill
on Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Tá tráthnóna specialta cheoil, eagraithe ag Gaeilge Bheo arís i mbliana I Fota House
A special evening of music and song organised by Gaeilge Bheo, takes place again this year in Fota House. This year’s special guests are Laoise Kelly, Harper and Mossie O Scannláin, a singer from the West Kerry Gaeltacht.
Laoise Kelly from Westport, Co. Mayo, now living on Achill Island, is regarded as “the most significant harper of her generation” – Nuala O’Connor. She has pioneered a new style of driving instrumental harping showcased in her three critically acclaimed solo albums.
Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including Seamus Heaney, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
Mossie O Scannláin is from the Dingle peninsula in the Kerry Gaeltacht, and is blessed with a most musical and pleasing voice. He will sing songs in his native language from that area. Sure to be a real treat. To date, he has recorded two successful albums of his songs.
The first half will feature 3 groups of musicians and singers from East Cork and from the wider Cork area.
The annual Oíche Cheoil this year is in FOTA HOUSE Carrigtwohill on 23rd August 2017 óna 7.15 PM go dtí 10.00 PM.
Tickets at €15 each are available and can be reserved by contacting 021 4613222.
Please note, tickets for this event cannot be purchased online via the Fota House website.
Finger food at intermission is included in ticket price.
The Cork Baroque Players, in association with Cork County Council Arts Office and National Heritage Week present a madcap medley of Baroque music, from depictions of Gulliver’s Travels and Italian battle scenes to works by masters Bach and Vivaldi performed on period instruments.
Fota House & Gardens are delighted to welcome Marja Gaynor, Caitriona O’Mahony on Baroque Violin and Eimear Reidy on Baroque Cello for an afternoon celebrating 18th Century music.
Join us from 3pm, admission is free, all day car parking €3. Thank you. Your support helps keep Fota House & Gardens open for everyone.
Fota House & Gardens is delighted to welcome Empire Line Productions back for it’s third show at Fota House this autumn.
In “Between Mouthfuls – More Scenes from a Café”, Empire Line Productions gives you a fly on the wall opportunity to follow the stories that play out in one particular café. Have you ever overheard a snippet of conversation in a café that aroused your curiosity? Who are these people, what are their stories? Now is your chance!
Directed by Mary Curtin and starring Ann Dorgan, Vanessa Hyde, Jean Law, Michael Murphy, Sean Murphy, Rachel O’Connell and Chloe O’Reilly.
Attention all gardeners, the Irish Specialist Nursery Association returns to Fota House & Gardens again this September. Join us to indulge in a large selection of rare trees, shrubs and plants from members of the ISNA. Fota House and our award winning Frameyard Garden, as well as the world renowned Arboretum, will be open during your visit to the fair. Entry fee – €5