National Heritage Week will take place from Saturday 17th to Monday 25th August. A full programme of events has been organised across North Westmeath, but with so much on offer, we thought we would break it down in to bite-sized chunks, starting with some of our hidden treasures.
Two splendid, privately owned castles will be open for guided tours and you will have the chance to see a unique mausoleum and learn about the eccentric character behind it.
Killua Castle, Clonmellon
Saturday 17th August
Grounds open 10am – 4pm & guided tours of the castle available during the day
Explore the grounds of Killua Castle, former residence of the Chapman family with links to T.E. Lawrence and Sir Walter Raleigh. The castle grounds include an impressive folly, a 19th C Obelisk, and ‘St Lucy’s Well’. There will be a chance to see rare breed animals including Jacobs Sheep and Wild Irish Goats and to take a stroll on a newly built boardwalk that meanders through woodland on the lakeshore. The grounds will be open from 10am – 4pm each day.
To book a tour of the castle, please email email@example.com.
Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard
Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th August
Guided tours of the castle available at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
A chance to go beyond the big red doors! Go back in time and hear about swashbuckling adventures and tragic love stories on your tour. Tickets will be €12 for adults and €6 for children including access to the Castle Gardens. Please note that these tours are not suitable for small children. BOOKING REQUIRED! To book, please call Bartle on 087 346 3119 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beehive Mausoleum, Delvin
Saturday 24th August at noon.
This unique, freestanding beehive-shaped mausoleum was built c.1835 in the grounds of St. John the Baptist’s Church of Ireland, southwest of Delvin. Built by Adolphus Cooke (1792-1876) of Cookesborough House. Adolphus Cooke was a noted & colourful local eccentric with a strong belief in reincarnation. Reputedly, Adolphus Cooke designed this tomb to look like a beehive, as he believed his father would be reincarnated as a bee. This talk is not suitable for children under 12. Admission free and car parking will be available.