CHAPTERHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY, in its open-air Garden Theatre Tour of UK and Ireland 2017, will present William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in the grounds of Lissadell on Wednesday 28th June 2017, from 7.30pm to 10.30 pm. Gates open at 6.30pm.

Magical theatre in magical surroundings: Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.

Bring your own picnics and low back seating or rugs. Gates 6.30pm.

Tickets available at: Lissadellhouseclearbookings

The March of a Nation Exhibitions at Lissadell, opening Sunday 5th March 2017 10.00am – 6pm

In 1885 in Cork, Charles Stewart Parnell declared that “No man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation”. The March of a Nation Exhibitions at Lissadell tell the story of Ireland’s march to nationhood from the 1798 Rebellion, though to the 1867 Fenian Rising, and down the years to the 1916 Rising.

REPLICA: as well as the 1916 Exhibition, we have now created at Lissadell a life sized replica of the General Post Office, where the Proclamation was read, where many of the leaders fought,and also of the adjoining Moore Street, which saw much of the fighting during the Rising,  and from where the surrender was declared, and of Kilmainham Gaol, where the leaders were imprisoned and executed, except for Countess Markievicz, whose death sentence was commuted to imprisonment for life.

The March of a Nation Exhibitions will be opened on Sunday 5th March 2017, the 150th Anniversary of the 1867 Fenian Rising, 10.00am to 6pm.

An Claoímh re enactors will be present all day doing show and tell from 17th century to 1916 Irish rebels.

Official opening of “The March of a Nation Exhibitions” at 2pm by Mr James Connolly Heron, the great grandson of James Connolly. With him will be Mr David Ceannt, the grand nephew of Eamonn Ceannt; Ms Honor O Brolchain, the grand niece Joseph Plunkett; and Ms Rosa Mylonas (2) and Mr Pat Mc Dermott, thegrand niece and grand nephew of Sean MacDiarmada

We will also be launching new tearooms, newly renovated House interiors and new great value season tickets.

Half price admission all day and 10% off season tickets sold on the day.


The March of a Nation Exhibitions, tracing rebellion in Ireland from 1798, the United Irishmen, through to the
1867, Fenian Rising; the declaration in Cork in 1885 by Charles Stewart Parnell that  “No man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation”; and down the years to the 1916, Easter Rising: Proclamation: “in every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms”.

ON DISPLAY: A replica, life sized theatrical set of the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, the scene of fierce fighting during Easter Week 1916, and where the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read; together with a replica of Moore Street, and of sections of Kilmainham Gaol.

ON DISPLAY:  the 1916 Rising

ON DISPLAY:  Countess Markievicz – her life

The Yeats Exhibition, with books, poetry, photographs, memorabilia and sketches from the poet William Butler Yeats, his brother the artist Jack Yeats, and his father the artist John Butler Yeats.  This exhibition is complimented by the The Yeats’ Muses Exhibition and the Eva Gore-Booth Exhibition.