Calendar of Events

  • Sunday Market
    at Dunbrody House

    24/02/2019 - 27/10/2019

    Every Sunday from Noon at The Local at Dunbrody you can find their Sunday Market - the perfect way to enjoy your Sunday afternoons.

    The market is followed by jazz brunch in the Local.
  • Ardtara Wine Dinners
    at Ardtara Country House

    22/02/2019 - 20/09/2019

    Ardtara have recently released their schedule of elegant wine dinners for 2019.
    Guests can enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, a five course tasting menu with perfectly paired wines - a wonderful dining experience and a delight for foodies and wine lovers.
    Friday 21st of June at 8pm: French Wine Dinner
    Friday 20th of September at 8pm: Italian Wine Dinner
    Tickets are priced at £79.95 pp. Call Ardtara directly to book on +44 (0) 28 796 44490
  • Cookery Courses
    at The Tannery

    02/03/2019 - 09/11/2019

    Looking to improve your skills in the kitchen or perhaps your a complete beginner starting from scratch. 
    Whatever level you're at, the Tannery Cookery school has the perfect course for yor abilities. Taught by world renowned chef, Paul Flynn, courses range from everything from how to prepare for a lavish dinner party, to practical cooking for the everyday.
    May 4th: A Simple Dinner Party
    Learn how to cook the perfect dishes for a simple dinner party at home. Whether it's an informal supper with friends or a more formal evening where the best linen and glassware is pulled out for the occasion. This morning demo is a very enjoyable entry into the world of cookery courses. Followed by lunch it's the ideal get-together with friends or a sociable morning on your own. 
    Date: May 4th, from 11am to 2pm
    Course price: €75

    May 18th: Summer Food for Friends - Practical
    The long summer evenings are upon us and what could be nicer than to have friends over for dinner. This course will provide you with the inspiration and the courage to do it yourself. Dishes for sharing, for families and for having fuss free entertaining. Followed by a convivial lunch you will go home armed with dishes to see you through the summer and beyond.
    Date: May 18th, from 10am to 4pm
    Course price: €190

    June 1st: Italian Food to Share with Friends and Family - Morning Demo
    Who doesn’t love Italian food. The Italian dinner table embodies the essence of hospitality and the spirit of sharing. This morning demo covers some Italian classics and some not so classic. Recipes that can be adapted for dinner, lunch or entertaining. Followed by lunch.
    Date: June 1st, from 11am to 2pm
    Course price: €75

    September 7th: Hearty Wholesome Family Cooking - All Day Demo
    For those who feel they are stuck in a cooking rut, repeating the same recipes over and over and need some new inspiration for family cooking at home. Getting the balance right between what the kids like and what the adults want is always tricky. This course will demonstrate tray bakes, slow cooked casseroles, a beef rib Sunday lunch and the perfect dauphinoise potatoes that the whoel family will love.
    Followed by lunch
    Date: September 7th, from 10am to 4pm
    Course price: €150

    September 30th - October 2nd: 3 Day Intensive 2019
    An annual three day intensive course where Paul guides you through various disciplines of cooking in an intimate setting. This course is not for a beginner, but for the competent home cook who wants to further their skills. It may also be of interest to those who might want to take their cooking out of the home kitchen and into a more commercial area, such as small café. Paul will focus on how to make the best of seasonal ingredients. How to elevate simple dishes to make them restaurant quality. Secrets of the professional kitchen will be shared along with the recipes that can be adapted for home. Special Rates in the Tannery Townhouse for participants on this course.
    Date: September 30th to October 2nd
    Course price: €590

    October 5th: Kitchen Confidential - The Insider Knowledge - Practical
    Learn the tricks that make a restaurant kithen work and in doing that impress your friends with your insider knowledge. This one day practical course with Paul will be an inspiring day of cooking for those who are already good home cooks and want to improve their skills.
    Date: October 5th - 10am to 4pm
    Course price: €190

    October 19th: Aga Demo 2019
    The perennial favourite Aga – October is here and its time to crank up those Agas. This course is one of the most popular at the Tannery Cookery School every year. Helen Manning is now a familiar face at the school as she assists Paul in the finer points of Aga cooking. From hearty stews and casseroles to baking and slow cooking, this is the course that shows you how to make the most of your Aga. Followed by lunch.
    Date: October 5th - 10am to 4pm
    Course price: €150

    November 9th: Cooking for Christmas - Morning Demo
    Cooking for Christmas doesn’t just mean the traditional roast turkey. Why not shake things up a bit with this cookery course to make sure your Christmas spread is the envy of all your friends and family over the festive season. Learn how to cook Paul’s favourite seasonal recipes, perfect for entertaining and also for your own family. Followed by lunch.
    Date: November 9th - 11am to 2pm
    Course price: €75
    For these and more courses and to book, visit the Tannery Cookery School website. 
  • Movie Nights
    at Bushmills Inn

    30/05/2019 - 05/09/2019

    A night at the movies - with a luxurious twist. Enjoy special screening of the biggest films in the exclusive surroundings of the Bushmills Inn 30-seater boutique cinema.
    The Movie Night Package includes a 2 course dinner and popcorn. Only £27.50 per person. Must be booked in advance, call us on 028 2073 3000.
    May 30th - The Favourite
    June 13th - Bohemian Rhapsody
    June 27th - The Front Runner
    July 11th - Stand & Ollie
    July 25th - Second Act
    August 8th - Green Book
    August 22nd - What Men Want
    September 5th - Fisherman's Friends
  • Cookery Demonstrations with Ian Orr
    at Ardtara Country House

    28/03/2019 - 28/11/2019

    Join Ian Orr at Ardtara Country House and Restaurant for a series of cookery demonstrations with everything from 15 minute meals to the perfect Christmas Dinner, followed by a delicious three course dinner.
    30th of May at 7pm: BBQ
    25th of July at 7pm: Desserts
    12th of September at 7pm: Italian
    27th of November at 7pm: Perfect Christmas
    28th of November at 7pm: Perfect Christmas
    Tickets are priced at £39.95 pp. Call Ardtara House directly on +44 (0) 28 796 44490 to book
  • Summer BBQ Open Evenings
    at Butler House

    07/06/2019 - 30/08/2019

    Head along to Butler House this summer for their summer BBQ evenings in their gorgeous, historic courtyard garden - an oasis in the heart of Kilkenny City.Relax and enjoy the warm evening, with the scent of summer blooms in the air and the chatter of fellow diners in the background.

    The wonderful summer menu homemade beef burgers, honey marinated chicken, and a variety of deliciously fresh salads.


    Friday June 7th
    Thursday July 4th
    Friday August 30th

    Time: 6pm to 10pm

    Price: From €15, €20 or €27 per person, based on chosen menu


  • No Barriers Black Tie Charity Ball
    at Castle Grove Country House

    08/06/2019 - 08/06/2019

    Join Castle Grove Country House for a spectacular evening of great food, drinks, fantastic entertainment and all in aid of No Barriers Foundation.
    Johnny Loughrey will demonstrate how their fantastic equipment helps so many patients get back up on their feet after serious injuries.

    The night will commence with a prosecco reception on the lawn(weather permitting) followed by a demonstration, dinner, charity auction and entertainment by Raw.

    The event will take place on June 8th, commencing at 7pm
    Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Castle Grove Country House on 074 91 51118
    Tickets are priced at €80 per person

  • Royal Ascot Charity Evening
    at Virginia Park Lodge

    20/06/2019 - 20/06/2019

    Virginia Park Lodge are proud to announce a special Royal Ascot ladies day on Thursday 20th June, in support of the Marie Keating Foundation. Virginia Park will be combining the excitement of Ladies Day at Royal Ascot racing with a fine dining experience at the Lodge, so please dress to impress as there’s a prize for the Best Dressed Lady!

    The day will feature:

    12.30 – Champagne Reception

    13.30 – 3 course Lunch

    17:00 – Afternoon Tea

    Music & Dancing Following The Racing

    €125 per person for a day ticket /€250 per person with Bed & Breakfast (minimum 2 people sharing)

    Visit the Virginia Park Lodge website to book

  • Midsummer Nights Feast
    at Virginia Park Lodge

    22/06/2019 - 22/06/2019

    Celebrate the summer solstice and official arrival of summer in stunning surroundings with a beautiful 4 course tasting menu at Virginia Park Lodge. Join for a candlelit dinner is the Marchioness Room with Champagne and oysters on arrival followed by a summer feast.

    Chef’s 4 Course Summer Feasting Menu 

    Glass of champagne & oysters
    Iberico ham, burrata, garden pickles & nasturtium
    Summer veg broth, parmesan gnocchi & salsa Verde
    Hereford prime fillet of beef, garlic and snail bearnaise, crispy smoked salted onion, duck fat roasted potatoes
    Cherry, black Muscat, dark chocolate, malt ice-cream

    Tea, Coffee

    This event is prices at €95 per person for dinner or €210 per person sharing for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. To book visit the Virginia Park Lodge Website

  • Wedding Flower Masterclass
    at Bishop's Gate Hotel

    29/06/2019 - 29/06/2019

    Wedding season is well underway! There’s no better way to get into the seasonal spirit than surrounding yourself with flowers. Bernies Blooms workshops are a great way for brides, their family and friends to celebrate together in a fun day which is a little different.

    Head along to Bishop's Gate Hotel on Saturday the 29th of June, and learn how to create a simple decorative wreath and a stunning centre piece. We will also help you create a beautiful gift box bouquet to can take home.

    This event is suitable for beginners who will be taken through the basics of how to choose and cut flowers as well as create the arrangements all whilst you enjoy Afternoon Tea.
    For those with more floral experience we can advise on new trends and tips for 2019/2020 Weddings

    Saturday 29th June 2019
    11am to 3pm

    Tickets are priced at £35 which includes flowers, materials and the fabulous Afternoon Tea.
    For more infromation or to book call Bishops Gate Hotel +44 28 7114 0300.

  • Rock N' Roll Murder Mystery Dinner Party
    at Castle Grove Country House

    29/06/2019 - 29/06/2019

    Head along to Castle Grove Country House on Saturday the 29th of June for an evening of fun and games in association with Letterkenny Music and Drama Group.
    Enjoy a Prosecco reception on the lawn followed by dinner and a rock n' roll themed murder mystery with a fantastic cast.
    What's not to love, bubbles on the lawn, a gourmet feast and some magical acting by our wonderful friends form The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group followed by some serious Rock N' Roll into the wee hours.

    The event will take place on Saturday, June 29th at 7pm
    Tickets are priced at €49 per person
    Reservations are required and can be made by calling Castle Grove Country House directly on 074 91 51118

  • Bubbles and Brunch
    at Butler House

    30/06/2019 - 14/06/2019

    Make sure to savee the date for the next Bubbles and Brunch Event at Butler House
    Book your place for Sunday June 30th or Sunday July 14th between 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. and sample the fabulous Brunch Menu along with some bubblles. Catch up with friends and loved ones over a delicious meal in the beautiful Butler House in the heart of Kilkenny city.
    Pre booking is essential. Call 056 77 22828 or email
  • Stawberry Festival
    at Castle Grove Country House

    06/07/2019 - 06/07/2019

    On Saturday July 6th,  Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal will be hosting their 3rd Annual Strawberry Festival in their beautiful grounds.

    Tour Castle Grove’s walled gardens and strawberry beds, learn to make a delectable strawberry dessert from the head chef, and top off the afternoon with a cocktail making demonstration using a fresh batch of Castle Grove’s very own Strawberry Gin.

     Head along and enjoy a fun filled day of all things strawberry! Best of all, admission is free!

    Date: Saturday, July 6th
    Time: 2pm to 5pm

  • Chapterhouse Theatre Company - Wuthering Heights
    at Rathmullan House

    17/07/2019 - 17/07/2019

    This year, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, set on the beautiful and mysterious Yorkshire moors. This tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations.
    Now, in an adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner, is set to entrance Chapterhouse audiences for an evening of theatre beneath the stars.
    Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s love endure, or will the forces of nature tear them apart?

    Adults €17 / Children €10 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) €52
    Gates open at 2pm - Performance starts at 3pm.
    Please bring rugs or low back seating. Performances go ahead in all but the worst weather. Picnics welcome!

    Call Rathmullan House directly  (074) 915 8188 for more information and bookings.

  • Chapterhouse Theatre Company - Treasure Island
    at Rathmullan House

    24/07/2019 - 24/07/2019

    Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
    When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island.
    But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship... Don’t miss this much-loved story, adapted for stage in among some of the most beautiful open-air venues the UK and Ireland have to offer.
    Secrets, pirates, gold: will young Jim Hawkins discover Treasure Island?

    Adults €17 / Children €10 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) €52

    Gates open at 2pm - Performance starts at 3pm.

    Please bring rugs or low back seating. Performances go ahead in all but the worst weather. Picnics welcome!

    Call Rathmullan House directly  (074) 915 8188 for more information.

  • Wine Weekend with Julie Dupouy
    at Ballymaloe House

    01/11/2019 - 03/11/2019

    Join award-winning sommelier Julie Dupouy at Ballymaloe House for a wonderful weekend of wine.
    Julie holds the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland 2018 (Irish Guild of Sommeliers) and is Sommelier Consultant for Michelin Star Restauarant, Chapter One. 

    The itinerary for the weekend is as follows:

    Friday 1 November:

    - Arrive at Ballmaloe House and enjoy making the house your home for the weekend.
    - In the evening, join Julie and the other guests for a casual group supper with Ballmaloe's famour hors d'oeuvres buffet and a glass of wine

    Saturday 2nd November: 

    - Morning: A Masterclass of 6 sparkling wines
    - Lunchtime: Casual lunch (no wine included)
    - Afternoon: Masterclass and blind tasting of Old World Wines vs New World Wines
    - Dinner: Group aperitif and reception followed by a four-course wine dinner.

    Sunday 3rd November:

    - Masterclass in Saké; tasting and learning about 6 different types of Saké.

    The weekend is priced at €550 per person with a €60 single supplement per night

    Visit the Ballymaloe website or contact the house directly on 021 465 2531 for more information and bookings

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