Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo, Ireland

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The Gallery at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

LISSADELL HOUSE AND GARDENS

 

CLOSED

Except for specially arranged tour groups

Elle


Henry Wymbs visits the North West for BBC Radio Oxford. Henry's programme was broadcast on Sunday 12th October 2014. His Lissadell interview includes W. B. Yeats' own recitation of "The Lake Island of Innisfree".


Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide: "Re-opened in 2014 following a five year closure, Lissadell is the brightest historical and cultural gem of the north-west and a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sligo or planning a trip along the Wild Atlantic Way". Georgina Campbell's Ireland 2014


Lissadell house by Pamela Cassidy

"That old grey mansion": W. B. Yeats

The Lissadell Estate is the home of Edward Walsh, his wife Constance Cassidy and their seven children. Writing about Lissadell for the Sunday Times forty-four years ago the BBC's Anne Robinson ('The Weakest Link') observed that "the garden is overgrown, the greenhouses are shattered and empty, the stables beyond repair, the roof of the main block leaks badly and the paintings show patches of mildew". After 70 years of neglect an intensive programme of restoration - without any public funding - has taken place in the House, Gardens, Stable Block and grounds since 2004 and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. Click here for the text of Anne Robinson's article. No grants of any kind were made in respect of any part of the restoration, either for the house, the gardens or any part of the grounds. Every penny spent was earned by us.

OUR VISION is to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, whilst providing a secure environment for our children and for our visitors. We do not wish to exploit Lissadell commercially but to restore the house and gardens to their former glory, make Lissadell self-sustaining and protect this crucible of Ireland's historic and literary heritage.

Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family

Eddie with ball by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden by Pamela Cassidy
Lissadell is our home, and we welcome you, our visitors, into our home. Like any home in Ireland we have photographs of our children in the house. Lissadell has reopened for a 2014 season because of the persuasion of our children. Without the children there would be no 2014 season, and no visitors

Our thanks for your support

Lissadell Sligo Ireland Nov 08 Autumn leaves PC
East front of Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Summers lease at Lissadell by PC

The Parliamentary Gazetter of 1846: "This is a house for the connoisseur. It responds to the romance of its setting, not with Gothick drama, but with Attic reserve. ... With consistent economy the local limestone is worked into spare, exact exteriors, and polished to articulate severely the interiors of the finest Greek-revival country house in Ireland".


"It’s a wonderful placeif you have to choose just one visitor attraction in Ireland to visit, make it Lissadell. And allow plenty of time": Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide.


For a pictorial record of the Harvest Home and the MUNDY gig, click on the images below.

Medbh Gillard by Val Robus

MUNDY at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Mussel dish by Claire Patterson photographed by Pamela Cassidy Winning dish photographed Pamela Cassidy

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser in New York 26 October 2014

JP Peacock

Kevin J. Kennedy (President of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, New York Branch) visited us on Saturday, and asked us to mention that there a fundraiser at Rory Dolan's, 890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers NY on Sunday 26 October 2014, 2pm - 7pm. Mr Kennedy is photographed with John Perry TD in the Alpine Garden. For further information contact: Irish Guide dogs for Blind fundraiser

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A curious robin redbreast in the Alpine Garden


Kathy Sheridan, Brian Farrell & Bryan O'Brien visit Lissadell

Kathy Sheridan tours Lissadell video by Bryan O'Brien

Kathy Sheridan & Bryan O'Brien at work in the Bow Room by Pamela Cassidy
Kathy Sheridan & Brien Farrell in the Tea Rooms at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Bryan O'Brien videoing in the Bow Room; Kathy Sheridan & Brian Farrell in the Tea Rooms


Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat). Eva was a poet of distinction and an active suffragist, clashing with the young Winston Churchill over barmaids' rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe. This horticultural enterprise has now been recreated at Lissadell. Sligo born poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1893 and 1894. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:

Oyster Beds at Lissadell by PC

The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle. ...

Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

W. B. Yeats


The Alpine Garden, butterflies & bees

Alpine bee white pollen baskets by Pamela Cassidy Alpine bee at work by Pamela Cassidy

Note the different coloured pollen baskets of these busy bees, reflecting the different pollen sources

Tortoiseshell on white by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine after rain by Pamela Cassidy
Hummingbird Hawk Moth by Pamela Cassidy Scarce swallowtail by Pamela Cassidy
White Admiral by Pamela Cassidy White Admiral by Pamela Cassidy
Blue carpenter bee by Pamela Cassidy Bumblebees mating by Pamela Cassidy
Hummingbird hawk moth by Pamela Cassidy Jersey Tiger Moth by Pamela Cassidy
Wall brown by Pamela Cassidy Small heath by Pamela Cassidy
Eddie in the Alpine Garden

The Lissadell Tearooms

Red currents in the Kitchen Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Red currents in the sun after picking at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Red currants from the Kitchen Garden at Lissadell

Salad Bar in the Lissadell Tearooms by Pamela Cassidy

CC in Lissadell Tea Rooms

Ma Baker

Salads at Lissadell Lissadell Tea Rooms

Irish Hares, 7am Sunday morning

Hares at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Hares at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Hares at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

The hare is one of Ireland's longest established indigenous species of mammal.These hares have a regular morning run across the lawns by the house to the fields beyond. Today they sense that they are under scrutiny from the house.


Lissadell welcomed An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to Lissadell in June 2014

Elanor & Jane have afternoon tea with Enda Kenny at Lissadell by PC

An Taoiseach takes afternoon tea (prepared by Tim Bracken) in the Ante Room at Lissadell

For a pictorial record of An Taoiseach's visit to Lissadell, click on this link: Visit by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny June 2014


Butterflies & Bees

Butterfly colour by Pamela Cassidy

Butterflies and moths include the couded yellow, the pearl-bordered fritillary, the small tortoiseshell, the painted lady, the peacock, the speckled wood, the red admiral (a regular visitor to the Kitchen garden) and the common blue (engaged in a mating dance)

Bee by PC Bee with pollen sac by Pamela Cassidy Bee by PC

RESTORATION WORK AT LISSADELL: A PICTORIAL RECORD

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Avenues at Lissadell before restoration

Roses, Lavender, Nepeta, Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Apples, Strawberries

Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Alpine Garden Pond Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Strawberries at Lissadell

EXHIBITIONS AT LISSADELL

THE YEATS GALLERY

OPENED BY

LEONARD COHEN

POET, NOVELIST, SINGER, SONGWRITER

On 01 August 2010

The new exhibition in the Yeats Gallery displays a definitive collection of first edition and rare books, original letters, paintings, drawings, photographs and ephemera focussing on the life and works of the poet William Butler Yeats, his brother the artist Jack, his father the portrait painter John; the artistic works of his sisters Lily and Lolly at the Cuala Press; and the works of thier literary and artistic contemporaries. The collection is both comprehensive and unique, and has been painstakingly assembled over the past five years. For more information click on YEATS above.

Leonard Cohen in the Yeats' Gallery at Lissadell

Leonard Cohen at the Yeats Gallery on 01 August, 2010

Leonard Cohen by Pamela Cassidy

EXHIBITIONS at Lissadell include the Constance Markievicz Exhibition opened by An Taoiseach in March 2007, an exhibition of the World War 1 paintings of Jean Jacques Bellecour.

WBYeats at Lissadell Constance Markievicz at Lissadell AE by Orpen at Lissadell

Images of W. B. Yeats, Countess Markievicz and AE (George Russell) on display at Lissadell


LEONARD COHEN CONCERT


WESTLIFE CONCERT


LISSADELL - NEXT TO NATURE

Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Men at work in the Alpine Garden at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy Primula Candelabra in the woods at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy
Primroses by PC Winter storms at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Haymaking at Lissadell by PC

Lissadell is a family home.

Access to the House, Gardens or any part of the grounds is by permission only.


Ben Bulben, summer and winter, viewed from Lissadell (below)

Benbulben from Lissadell by PC

Seagull in flight at Lissadell by Pamela Cassidy

Drumcliff Bay by Pamela Cassidy

Benbulben by Pamela Cassidy

Photographs copyright Pamela Cassidy, Lissadell. No reproduction without express, written, permission