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Two days in the West of Ireland – Day 2

September 18 : 10:00 am5:00 pm

Ballynahinch CastleBallynahinch CastleDrimbawn House

Ballynahinch Castle (left, middle) Drimbawn House (right)

There may be last minute cancellations due to changes in Government guidelines relation to the Covid Pandemic. If this is the case you will be notified by email.

Contact Organiser Brian O’Donnell: ireland@pgg.org.uk for more details.

Two days in the West of Ireland – Day 2

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is a four star luxury hotel in Connemara in the west of Ireland set on 700 acres of rivers, lakes and forestry. The hotel was the former home of the Martin family, the most famous of whom, Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin was an MP for Galway in the House of Commons. Whilst an MP he passed the first bill against cruelty to animals, which in turn led to the foundation of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In 2017 the walled garden in Ballynahinch, after decades of neglect, undertook a huge restoration project. The walls which had been smothered in Ivy were deemed unsafe and were subsequently knocked and then rebuilt with the original stone by a team of local Connemara stonemasons. The garden was completely redesigned by Rachel Lamb and planting commenced in March 2018. The garden is 2.5 acres in size and is a mix of herbaceous, lawns, trees, fruit and vegetables. We installed a beautiful new greenhouse in the garden which was built by Alitex, which has become a focal point of the redeveloped gardens.

Cian Cunniffe the Estate Manager will give us a guided tour of the Gardens.

There is no charge for this visit.

Drimbawn House

Next we will visit to Drimbawn House Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, which was built by Bishop Plunkett in the middle of the 19th century. Over the years and under the tenure of several different owners the garden, which was originally designed by Ninian Niven, declined. Some trees and structures survived, however, as a reminder of the Victorian era.

In 2001 the development of the gardens commenced, under the consultation of Garden Designer Daphne Levinge Shackleton. Work is ongoing; some areas such as the walled flower and vegetable garden, orchard, rhododendron bank, woodland gardens, bog garden, arboretum etc. are completed while others are a work in progress.

The garden is privately owned and not open to the public. Frank Steffens, the Head Gardener, will give a tour of the garden for approximately 90 minutes, after which you will be free to walk the extensive grounds.

Programme

10.00am Ballynahinch Castle
2.00pm Drimbawn House

Directions

Directions to Ballynahinch Castle: Postcode/Satnav: H91 F4A7

Directions to Drimbawn House: Postcode/Satnav: F12 D252

Cost

Although there is no charge for entrance, the owners kindly ask for a €5 donation for charity on entry.

Contact

Contact Organiser Brian O’Donnell: ireland@pgg.org.uk for more details.

There may be last minute cancellations due to changes in Government guidelines relation to the Covid Pandemic. If this is the case you will be notified by email.

Details

Date:
September 18
Time:
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Organizer

Brian O’Donnell

Venue

Ballynahinch Castle
RECESS
CONNEMARA, CO. GALWAY H91 F4A7 Ireland
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