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Explorers Museum Film Festival 2015

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Join us for the second annual Explorers Museum Film Festival at beautiful Charleville Castle in picturesque Tullamore, Ireland, just a one-hour drive west of Dublin. Our theme this year is "Explorer Canada" featuring five new films showcasing the beauty of Canada's nature and people.  For tickets, CLICK HERE

Film Fest


As part of Charleville Castle’s celebration of the 2nd Explorers Museum Film Festival, we will be hosting a Star Party at Charleville Castle on Saturday the 5th of September. Our good friends in Republic of Astronomy and KTEC Telescopes will be present on the night to help point out the constellations and planets to you. It is a family friendly event from 8pm until late. There will be a brief discussion before observing the night sky. Entry is just €5 per person and this includes one burger or hotdog on the night. We may even have a surprise guest or two! If you purchase a ticket for the Film Festival (Highly Recommended), this will also cover entry to the Star Party.
A small amount of telescopes will be available for anyone who doesn't have a telescope. If you have your own scope or binoculars please bring them along. Please dress for night time.  CLICK HERE

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Thank You!

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429804 290851627640292 176292832429506 809739 1615829756 nHi Everyone, 

Just wanted to drop a line to say many thanks for helping Charleville Castle facilitate a great Halloween Party, A Spook at Charleville and The Lithuanian Alternative Theatre Performance evening on Saturday and Sunday safely and enthusiastically.

Charleville Castle is also an Independant Arts and Culture Centre of the Midlands and it is important to help maintain positive collaborative multicultural relationships through fundraisers such as these - everyone enjoyed themselves alot and there were sooo many great costumes - thanks also to those who dressed up and added to the craic.

Hope you had fun and we will keep you all updated for future events/fundraisers - like The Irish Burning Man Decompression Party Fundraiser Saturday, November 19th!

Lots of Projects coming up, your help is appreciated!!

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altHello Castle friends..  As you may or may not know, we have lots of projects ongoing at Charleville Castle.  Most Notably, our "Raise the Roof" project, a big project where we hope to re-roof the chapel at Charleville Castle in the hope of ensuring it's survival.  

We have the materials but this material needs to be prepared and brought to the roof of the chapel and put in place.  It is a complex and detailed project but before that happens, we need to prepare our staging area and temporary project office. 

If you or someone you know is available and interested in giving your time and energies to our project, please let us know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we can give you more info..

All hands on deck and all help is muchly appreciated!


My Love affair with Charleville

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I first visited the castle with my family in 1999 shortly after moving to Birr.  

My first impression was WOW!! The towers were so huge and magnificent and took my breath away.  We rang the bell at the door and were greeted by a lovely american lady who proceeded to give us a wonderful tour of  the castle letting us all know about the history of the build of the castle, the history of its family and the history of the fantastic furniture and decor within its walls.  The love affair had begun.  

Every time, driving up and down to Birr from Dublin for work I could see her tower with her tricolour proudly displayed over the forest canopy envoking images of times gone by when the castle was being built by the french prisioners of war.

After a number of years, we found ourselves again at Charleville and managed to get to speak with Dudley and Bonnie about the castle and its current projects.  We learned about the Quest Campus and all of the activities that go on there and the plans for the future.  Like having a second child, I wasn't sure if I could love this new information as much as I loved the castle but as with the love for ones child, your love just grows, and that it did!!  

Since that time, I have been inspired on every visit by tales, anecdotes and disclosures from Dudley, Bonnie and my 100's of new castle friends and am never ever dissappointed after any visit.

The whole Charleville Experience has brought me new knowledge, new friends, new belief in myself and the castle volunteers.  We've had tears of laughter, tears of pride, tears of exhaustion and years of joy and long may this love affair continue.

I hope that in the coming years, this experience will blossom and grow and with all of the projects coming up, the castle and all of its friends, both new and old will continue to amaze me!

Ian O'Flynn 21/10/2011

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