Ballinakill

The Ghosts of Heywood Ballinakill

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A Tale from the Schools’ Collection It seems the fascination with Heywood, Ballinakill, is not just a  modern conviction!  In the late 1930’s, a primary school student, named Nicholas Delaney, from Bray, Co. Wicklow, wrote of Heywood, for a schools project. His information had been sourced from Mr. Thomas Delaney, living at the same address […]

Talks

Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea with Dr. Matthew Jebb

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Dr. Matthew Jebb

Welcoming Back Dr. Matthew Jebb Tour, Talks & Picnic Afternoon Tea – August 22nd 2020 We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Matthew Jebb to Ballinakill, and the Twin Trees Heywood, Art & Culture Festival, on August 22nd 2020. Dr. Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, captivated us all during last year’s […]

En Plein Air

Twin Trees Festival – Our En Plein Air Tutors

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A Brief Introduction The tutors for the ‘En Plein Air’ event are three exceptional and experienced artists, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O’Reilly and Jock Nichol. Bridget and Jock tutored at last year’s event, and we are really looking forward to welcoming them both back, and welcoming our new tutor Geraldine for the first time. Bridget Flannery […]

Heywood

Heywood Gardens – Tutored En Plein Air Painting

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Welcoming our En Plein Air Artists Heywood Gardens and Estate is a place of immeasurable beauty; somewhere to find a sense of history, tranquility, solitude and awe, and is the setting for Day One of this year’s  Twin Trees Festival’s En Plein Air painting. We cannot wait to welcome our artists to this year’s event, […]

Fishing

Fishing Competition 2020

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Gills Pond, Ballinakill, Co. Laois

Saturday 22nd August from 10am This year’s Fishing competition takes place on Saturday 22nd August, beginning at 10am with a draw for fishing spots. The angling will begin at Gills Pond at 11am and will conclude at 4pm. A fee of €10 applies to all participants and places are limited. For registration details please contact […]

Ballinakill

Guided Historical Walk

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11am Saturday 22nd AugustBallinakill Village Photo from AskAboutIreland.ie On Saturday 22nd August at 11am, our Guided Historical Walk of Ballinakill and Heywood takes place, departing from the Village Square. Our Guide for the walk is local historian, and co-author of Ballinakill A Journey Through Time, Ger Dunphy. The walk will avoid busy roads, and there […]

Heywood

Gardens Open 2020 Guide

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The good news is that gardens available for public visiting are once again… open, following the lifting of pandemic restrictions on movement, including our very own Heywood Gardens. In a new digital format, the attached GARDENS OPEN 2020 GUIDE lists 100 gardens, both pubic and privately owned, that are open to visitors this year. Particularly […]

Floral Artistry

Floral Artistry 2019

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Below are some photographs, from last year’s Floral Artistry exhibition, which was held at All Saints’ Chuch, Ballinakill. The festival of flowers depicted architectural designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), as our festival celebrated his 150th birthday. All exhibits were expertly created by members of the Durrow & Cullohill Flower and Garden Club, and Kilkenny Flower […]