Devonshire Day – Mother’s Day Sunday, March 22nd 2020

Devonshire Cream Tea will be served for ‘Devonshire Day’ on Mother’s Day Sunday, March 22nd 2020 at Lismore Castle in County Waterford. The event has become a perennial at the castle, with guests served Devonshire cream tea in the Pugin Room under the guidance of the duke of Devonshire’s butler, Denis Nevin, and also given a guided tour of the gardens by the head gardener.

Booking Details
Devonshire cream tea and tours take place at 11.30am, 12.40pm, 1.50pm, 3.00pm and 4.10pm. Entrance is by ticket only.

To make enquiries or bookings, contact Donal: 058 53803

Tickets cost €25

Garden Highlights
The Lower Garden was formerly known as the ‘Pleasure Grounds’ and is spectacular in the springtime. A number of camellia, rhododendron‘s and some particularly magnificent magnolias can be found here. There has been extensive planting over the last number of years and the gardens are being constantly refined and improved. The walls surrounding the garden date from the early 18th century and have been planted with roses such as Francis E, Lester, Bobbie James, Rambling Rector to name but a few. The Lower Garden also boasts some spectacular sculptures by well-known artists Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna.

The Upper Garden is one of the few Jacobean gardens to survive in anything like its original form. The first Earl of Cork helped by his gardener John built a high surrounding wall and a raised terrace terminated at either end by turrets. The Central Walk, which is between the herbaceous borders, is backed by yew hedges and was laid in dramatic alignment on the Pain spire of the Anglican Cathedral. The hedges provide a suitable background for the herbaceous borders as one walks towards the top terrace. Located here are some artistic works by Bridget McCrum, Simon Thomas, Emily Young and Edwin Whitney Smith.

The fundraiser is organised by the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing committee. The use of the castle and gardens for the fundraiser is by permission of the owner of Lismore Castle, the Duke of Devonshire.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we won’t be holding an Immrama Festival in 2020. We expect to be back in action in 2021.

The Immrama Committee want to let you know  due to unforeseen circumstances, we won’t be holding an Immrama Festival in 2020. We expect to be back in action in 2021.

We will be holding our Immrama Annual Quiz and Devonshire Day. Your support for these events would be greatly appreciated.

Devonshire Day – Sunday March 22nd, 2020

The annual tradition of taking Devonshire cream tea in one of the country’s most renowned castles resumes in the month ahead when guests will have a chance to enjoy afternoon tea and tour award-winning gardens.

This year’s Devonshire Day takes place at Lismore Castle on Sunday March 22nd, 2020, surrounded by the landmark’s spring gardens.

Fundraising Table Quiz – Friday January 24th 2020

A fundraising table quiz will take place at Ballyrafter House Hotel on Friday January 24th 2020 at 8.30pm. Tables of four, €40 per table. You can book a table by emailing: info@lismoreimmrama.com or Contact: Niamh +353(86)3618264 or just turn up on the night.

Devonshire Day – March 31st, 2019

The annual tradition of taking Devonshire cream tea in one of the country’s most renowned castles resumes in the month ahead when guests will have a chance to enjoy afternoon tea and tour award-winning gardens.

This year’s Devonshire Day takes place at Lismore Castle on Sunday, March 31st, surrounded by the landmark’s spring gardens

Fundraising Table Quiz – January 25th 2019

A fundraising table quiz will take place at Ballyrafter House Hotel on January 25th 2019.

Devonshire Day March 25th 2018 – Cream Teas and Garden Tours

Conor Kane – Irish Examiner
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The annual tradition of taking Devonshire cream tea in one of the country’s most renowned castles resumes in the month ahead when guests will have a chance to enjoy afternoon tea and tour award-winning gardens.

This year’s Devonshire Day takes place at Lismore Castle on Sunday, March 25, surrounded by the landmark’s spring gardens.

Tea and tours take place on March 25 at 11.30am, 12.40pm, 1.50pm, 3pm and 4.10pm and entrance is by ticket only, available from the Immrama office and Lismore Heritage Centre at €25 each. The Lower Garden at Lismore Castle was formerly known as the Pleasure Grounds and a number of camellia, rhododendron, and magnolias can be found here.

 

Terry Waite speaks to Pat Kenny on Newstalk

Terry Waite spent 5 years as a hostage held in Lebanon. In advance of his appearance at the Immrama Festival he spoke to “The Pat Kenny Show” about that experience, and about living a full life after his release. The podcast of the interview is available in the Newstalk Archive.

Pat Kenny interviews Terry Waite
Thu, 20 April 2017

Colm Tóibín set to Discuss Travel and Emigration at Immrama Festival

Multi award winning author Colm Tóibín is set to take stage at the 15th annual Immrama Festival of Travel writing on Thursday, June 15th at 8pm with a talk under this years festival theme of ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery’.

The talk with the distinguished author was previously announced for the Saturday afternoon of the festival but due to schedule changes the keynote event with Colm will now take place on the Thursday evening of June 15th. Tóibín is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster.

The festival gets underway on Wednesday June 14th with the screening of two films, ‘Mongolian Rhapsody’ and ‘Back to Jamaica both by Paddy Hayes. Mongolian Rhapsody follows the journey of Irish fillder Daire Braken as he embarks on a musical pilgrimage to Mongolia.

The other keynote speaker for the festival is humanitarian and author Terry Waite CB. 30 years ago this year Terry was taken hostage in Lebanon and kept in captivity for almost five years. Terry worked most of his life in most of the world’s conflict zones in the area of international affairs.   Whilst living in Uganda, he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages; and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freedom of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut.  It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity, Taken on Trust, to a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake. Terry will take to the stage on Saturday afternoon and the Saturday evening keynote speak is yet to be announced though festival organiser’s say, ‘It will be worth the wait.’

Also speaking at the festival from June 14th to 18th is journalist and author Des Ekin who will talk at the festival on Friday, June 16th his bestselling book The Stolen Village (2006) was shortlisted for the Argosy Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and also shortlisted for Book of the Decade in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, it details the 1631 Barbary pirates kidnapping of the inhabitants of Baltimore in West Cork and their subsequent sale into the slave market., writer and documentary maker Tom Feiling will host the famous literary breakfast at Immrama at 8.30am on June 18th. This writer and documentary maker lived in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. and adventurer and author Andrew P. Sykes who will tell of his travels on his bicycle ‘Reggie’ on epic journeys across all of Europe. And historian Donald Brady will offer a talk on Katherine Cecil Thurston 1874-1911: New Woman Author and Ardmore Resident.

On the final day of the festival ‘Family Fun Sunday’ will take place at the Millennium Park, the Lismore Farmers Market will be on the castle avenue plus a Sunday evening panel talk will focus on sport and travel.

For event tickets for the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2017 call (058) 53803.

Terry Waite CBE & Colm Tóibín set for Lismore – Immrama Festival of Travel Writing 2017

Multi award winning author Colm Tóibín, humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, journalist and author Des Ekin, writer and documentary maker Tom Feiling and adventurer and author Andrew P. Sykes are some of the world-renowned writers who are about to set their compass for Lismore in County Waterford this June 15th to 18th for the fifteenth annual Immrama Festival of Travel Writing. The theme of the 2017 festival is ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery’.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 festival programme Mayor of Waterford Councillor Adam Wyse, said, “It is an honour to launch the 15th annual Immrama Festival of Travel Writing programme, the theme of the 2017 festival ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery’ sadly reflect issues which are as relevant today as they were during the era of Colm Tóibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ and Des Ekin’s ‘The Stolen Village’ of the 1600’s. The Immrama festival is always brave and topical in the development of its themes; continually proving to be innovative in its programming. It is this type of approach which has proven hugely successful for the festival ensuring that each June, Lismore in a hub for international tourism.”

One of the keynote speakers Colm Tóibín will take to the stage in the heritage town of Lismore on Saturday, June 17. Tóibín is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster.

Joining Colm as a keynote on June 17th is Terry Waite CBE. 30 years ago this year Terry was taken hostage in Lebanon and kept in captivity for almost five years. Terry worked most of his life in most of the world’s conflict zones in the area of international affairs. Whilst living in Uganda, he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages; and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freedom of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut. It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity, Taken on Trust, to a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake.

Journalist and author Des Ekin opens the festival talks on the evening of Friday, June 16th. His bestselling book The Stolen Village (2006) was shortlisted for the Argosy Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and also shortlisted for Book of the Decade in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, it details the 1631 Barbary pirates kidnapping of the inhabitants of Baltimore in West Cork and their subsequent sale into the slave market. In 2014 The Last Armada, accounts the Spanish invasion at Kinsale, was nominated for Nonfiction Book of the Year.

On Saturday afternoon adventurer and author Andrew Sykes will tell of his travels on his bicycle ‘Reggie’ on epic journeys across all of Europe. With two previous European cycling adventures already under his belt, Andrew’s most recent expedition was a journey from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway – from Europe’s geographical south to its northernmost point.

Also on Saturday afternoon Historian Donald Brady will host a talk on Katherine Cecil Thurston 1874-1911: New Woman Author and Ardmore Resident.

Tom Feiling will host the famous literary breakfast at Immrama at 8.30am on June 18th. This writer and documentary maker lived in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film serves as an introduction to Colombia’s 40-year-old civil war, as seen through the eyes of those directly affected by it. In 2009, Penguin published his first book, The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over the World, which was based on over 60 interviews with those involved in all aspects of the cocaine business. Tom’s most recent book is The Island that Disappeared: Old Providence and the Making of the Western World (Explore Books, 2017), looks at 400 years of British imperial history, as seen from a little known former British colony in the Caribbean.

The travel writing festival is also hosting a young travel writer’s competition; students are now invited to write an 800-word short story about their favourite air journey and where it took them. The closing date for entries is May 20th and submissions can be made via www.lismoreimmrama.com/studentcompetition

On the final day of the festival ‘Family Fun Sunday’ will take place at the Millennium Park, the Lismore Farmers Market will be on the castle avenue plus a Sunday evening event with focus on sport and travel is set to take place.

Full details of the festival programme and for event tickets for the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2017 see www.lismoreimmrama.com or call (058) 53803.

Thanks to all our sponsors, without whom Immrama would not be possible.

About Lismore Immrama

Immrama is held in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, on a weekend in June each year since 2003. Immrama has been dedicated to the art of Travel Writing, Good Music, and Fine Entertainment since its inception. Over the centuries many people have made journeys to and from Lismore and we hope that you will enjoy your lmmram in Lismore.

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