Thursday, September 12, 2013

Halloween Camp is creeping closer at Lismore Heritage Centre!

Uncover the skeleton that lurks inside us all, celebrate Halloween the way they do in Mexico, peer inside Frankenstein’s laboratory and bang your way towards Bonfire Night all at Halloween Camp at Lismore Heritage Centre this midterm break!

Camp runs from Tuesday 29 October until Friday 1 November. Camp starts at 10am and ends at 2pm. Each day is four hours of art, crafts, science and games- all frightfully good fun! Camp is suitable for primary school pupils. The cost per child is €15 for one day or €50 for all four days. Campers will need a drink and a packed lunch. We also advise that campers come in old clothes- being this busy can get dreadfully dirty!

Call 058-54975 to book your brave little camper in. Early booking is advised as places are limited and missing out would be the scariest thing of all!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Boo! Halloween Camp is coming back to get you at Lismore Heritage Centre

What do firecrackers, Frankenstein, gargoyles, and grotesques have in common with you? Why you will all be at Halloween Camp in Lismore Heritage Centre this autumn of course!

Camp will begin on Tuesday 29 October and continue until Friday 1 November. Camp begins at 10am and ends at 2pm. Each day is four hours of freaky fun, awful art, gruesome games and Halloween-themed mayhem! The cost per child is €15 for one day or €50 for all four days. Campers need to bring along a drink and a packed lunch. Kids also need to wear their older clothes; this much fun can lead to a frightful mess!

Call Arlene on 058-54975 or email to book your little monsters in. Early booking is advised as places are limited and missing out would be the scariest thing of all!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Heritage Week in Lismore Heritage Centre

Heritage Week is taking place across the country until Sunday, 25 August and Lismore Heritage Centre is very pleased to be taking part.

On Thursday 22nd August Lismore Heritage Centre will host “Being Your Grace’s Employees at Lismore”. Waterford County Archivist, Joanne Rothwell, will discuss the lives of the workers on the Duke of Devonshire’s Lismore Estate.  Admission to the talk, which begins at 2pm on 22nd, is free.

Also in honour of Heritage Week a free town tour will take place daily from Monday 19- Friday 23 August. Tours will depart the Heritage Centre at 3pm.

Many thanks to all the children who attended Monk-y Business on Saturday, 17 August. We had a full class of young novices trying their hand at the life of Lismore’s early monks.

You can keep up to date with these, and all, events in Lismore Heritage Centre by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter at @LismoreHC

Details of all Heritage Week events can be found online at or an event guide for Co Waterford can be picked up from Lismore Heritage Centre

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Get Up to some Monk-y Business for Heritage Week

Discover the daily business of being a monk in Lismore Heritage Centre this Heritage Week.

Learn about the monks who followed St Carthage to Lismore; model the great university town that they built, craft your own quill, try your hand at making ink and become an apprentice scribe.

Monk-y Business will be held on Saturday 17th August from 11am to 1pm. It is suitable for children aged between 5 and 12 years old. The event is free but booking is absolutely essential as places are limited.  To book your novices in call Lismore Heritage Centre on 058 54975

Lismore Heritage Centre will also offer free walking tours of the town from Monday-Friday, 19th-23rd August. A walking tour is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the history of the town. Tours will depart the heritage centre at 3pm each day.

On Thursday 22nd August Lismore Heritage Centre will host “Being Your Grace’s Employees at Lismore”. Organised by Waterford’s County Archivist, Joanne Rothwell, the talk will examine the lives of workers on the Duke of Devonshire’s Lismore Estate from the housekeeper, Mrs Wakefield, to James Moon who worked in the gardens.  All sorts of work were available on the estate in the 19th century; the Duke needed woodrangers, masons, carpenters and clerks as well as farm labourers and household staff. The work was not without its perks; men working to repair the Queen’s Gap in the river in July 1893 were granted 13 shillings and 8 pence worth of whiskey to keep them warm- His Grace, apparently, was not a man without a conscience! Admission to the talk, which begins at 2pm on 22nd, is free.

Heritage Week runs across the country from 17th-25th August. Find out more on

Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Madness at Mochuda Camp!

Mochuda Camp is Lismore Heritage Centre’s summer camp for primary school children. Week two of Mochuda Camp runs from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July.

Every day at Mochuda Camp comes with its own title, theme and special brand of silly fun:
1: Game On: make games, play life size games, be in the game- games, games, games!
2: It’s all about you- and your insides!- at Bodyguards Find your ape index, make some poo- yes poo!- and find a hug that’s just made for you!
3. Uncover your super powers, make your disguise and get into training with Superheroes
4. Pony Club… without the ponies! Take on the Hobby Horse Gymkana, run the Grand National as it’s never been run before and the polo match will have to be seen to be believed!
5. Blowing bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble wrap, bubble shooting- it’s all about BUBBLES at Hubble Bubble Day!

Mochuda Camp also runs 15th– 19th July with Bastille Day, Minion Madness, Wind in the Willows, All the Fun of the Fair and Desert Island Kids.

Mochuda Camp starts at 10am and ends at 2pm each day. One day at camp costs €15, 5 days at camp cost €65- as every day at camp is totally different children can attend anything from one to ten days. Campers need a packed lunch, a drink and old clothes for having fun in!

Booking is a essential as places are limited; call Arlene on 058 54975 or email

Monday, June 24, 2013

Madness at Mochuda Camp!

Mochuda Camp is Lismore Heritage Centre’s summer camp for primary school children. Week one of Mochuda Camp runs from Monday 15th to Friday 19th July.

Every day at Mochuda Camp comes with its own title, theme and special brand of silly fun:
1: Stage a jailbreak, fashion a ‘French fry’ and house a snail on Bastille Day
2: Moon rocks, rocket launches and little yellow friends at Minion Madness
3. Kites, glow bugs and delinquent toads at The Wind in the Willows
4. Try your aim, your luck and an enormous ice cream at All the Fun of the Fair
5. Can you get a monkey in a bottle? Find out when you float your raft by Desert Island Kids

Mochuda Camp continues 22nd-26th July with Game On, Bodyguards, Superheroes, Pony Club and Hubble Bubble.

Mochuda Camp is Lismore Heritage Centre’s summer camp for primary school children. Camp starts at 10am and ends at 2pm. One day at camp costs €15, 5 days at camp cost €65- as every day at camp is totally different children can attend anything from one to ten days with no chance of getting bored! Campers need a packed lunch, a drink and old clothes they can go a little crazy in! Booking is a must; call Arlene on 058 54975 or email

Thursday, June 20, 2013

What is a polymath? The Robert Boyle Summer School 2013

A polymath is sometimes referred to as a ‘Renaissance Man’, a person who is expert in numerous subject areas or someone who is very knowledgeable about a wide range of things. The concept of a polymath was first applied to the great thinkers of the renaissance period such as Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo and was later used to describe great thinkers such as Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Aristotle.

According to Professor Jim Malone of the Robert Boyle Foundation, Robert Boyle is a fine example of a ‘Polymath’. Professor Malone will open the Robert Boyle Summer School 2013 on Thursday 4th July, 7.00pm  with a lecture – ‘Robert Boyle, getting to know the man from Lismore: genius, polymath and eccentric’.

This lecture will recount the main events of Robert Boyle’s life, describing some of his scientific work, not just in chemistry and physics but in many other fields including medicine, philosophy and theology. These will be placed in the context of his personality and lifestyle as described by his friends and acquaintances. What emerges is an exceptional religious, courteous and humane man whose contributions to science were ‘game changing’ to say the least.

The Summer School will feature  world-leading scientists and historians gathering together to discuss a wide range of topics relating to Boyle, including Dr Anna-Marie Roos of the University of Lincoln,  Professor Bill Eaton of Georgia Southern University and Dr. Peter Elmer of the University of Exeter. We are very excited to announce the return to Lismore of Oxford University Dr. Allan Chapman who intrigued audiences in 2011 with his inimitable lecture style and warm charm.

For booking or for further information please contact Eleanor at 058 54975, email or see

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New craftwork on display in Lismore Heritage Centre

In recent years Lismore Heritage Centre has enjoyed great success working in partnership with local craftspeople. With the assistance of Waterford Leader Partnership, cabinets especially designed to showcase their work were installed in the Centre’s main corridor.  The cabinets allow participating artists to display their work in a public place; Lismore Heritage Centre has a foot fall of approximately 20,000 visitors per year and these cabinets introduce visitors to local artisan crafts and art. 

The craft cabinets can be rented on a monthly basis allowing artists to change their stock with the seasons. Long standing displays by Anna Moore, TheTreasureRing, Iona Crystal, Andrea Jameson, Cashell Knitware and The Craftangle have recently been joined by newer enterprises. The Cow Collection by HennessyArt, 100% silk hand dyed scarves from Stradbally and unique headpieces, fashion and home accessories by The Purple Workroom have arrived for the summer season!

Visitors on group trips to Lismore Heritage Centre have been able to see some of these beautiful items created while they watch. Talented artists such as Master Glass Cutter Eugene Young of Iona Crystal and goldsmith Moritz Schurmann of TreasureRing give regular demonstrations of their skills throughout the summer months. If you feel brave enough they will even let you have a go!

All local craft items on display are for sale through The Craft Shop. The Craft Shop is open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. For further information please telephone 058-54975. For more updates like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Mochuda Camp 2013 at Lismore Heritage Centre

What do we have up our sleeve for Mochuda Camp this year? All the Fun of the Fair and all the Wind in the Willows! Come to camp and make your own carousel horse, blow a ginormous bubble, train to be a superhero or become a pawn in a life size board game. Discover all the guts and glory of the human body in Bodyguards or practice your snail swallowing, froghopping and jailbreaking on Bastille Day.

Mochuda Camp runs Monday to Friday 15th-19th and 22nd-26th July. Camp runs from 10am-2pm each day and costs €15 for one day or €65 for a five day week. As every day comes with its own theme and specially chosen activities boys and girls can join us for one day, for ten days or for anything in between. Spaces are limited to make sure every camper gets all the attention they need so early booking is essential. Call Arlene on 058-54975 or email

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science at Lismore Heritage Centre

The Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science is dedicated to celebrating our living earth in the southeast of Ireland. On Tuesday 21st May, as part of Bealtaine, Lismore Heritage Centre welcomed three primary school groups to the Millennium Park to try out the centre’s new Maths Trail activity.

The pupils of Lios Mor Mochuda NS, 3rd and 4th class from Bunscoil Bhothar na Naomh and the boys from Stradbally NS all proved that sums can be fun! With rulers at the ready they turned themselves upside down to measure, estimate and count their way around the park. Working in teams in the glorious sunshine the groups raced to complete challenges and solve problems.

Maths Trail is just one of the activities available as part of the Lismore School Tour Experience. If you would like to find out more please call Alice on 058-54975.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Robert Boyle Summer School July 2013

Faith healers, feeding the masses and the secret of eternal youth…not what you would typically expect from a scientific gathering but it is far from stuffy conferences that the Robert Boyle Summer School was conceived.

The second annual Robert Boyle Summer School will run in the great scientist’s charming birthplace, Lismore, Co. Waterford from 4th-7th July, 2013.

This exciting event is a fledgling on the Irish festival landscape, in just its second year.  It consists of talks by world leading thinkers from Irish, British and American universities, walks through one of Ireland’s most charming small towns and tours of the beautiful and varied surrounds and costumed re-enactments of experiments that changed our understanding of the world forever.

Topics up for discussion this July include:
1. Valentine Greatrakes
Born in Affane, Co Waterford  Valentine Greatrakes was better known as “The Stroker”. His powers as a faith healer caused a sensation in Restoration England.  Boyle himself watched as Greatrakes cured a small boy of blindness and a woman of deafness by stroking the afflicted parts in what one contemporary pamphleteer likened to the miracles of Christ and the apostles.

2. Food production
Professor Liam Dolan is Sheradian Professor of Botany at Oxford University and Co-Director of the Plants for the 21st Century Institute. As the earth’s population grows and many of the world’s people struggle without enough to eat Professor Dolan will introduce ongoing scientific work with the potential to solve the global food crisis.

3. Eternal youth
 Professor Rose Ann Kenny, Trinity College Dublin, Director of the new Centre for Successful Ageing will look at what progress has been made in successful aging and what promise lies ahead.

Robert Boyle himself, his life and works will be discussed by Dr Bill Eaton of Georgia Southern University and Dr Anna Marie Roos of the University of Lincoln.

Further details are available on or you can view the Robert Boyle Summer School programme here. Event tickets can be booked by calling Eleanor at Lismore Heritage Centre on 058-54975.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lismore Antique & Fine Art Fair

The first Lismore Antique & Fine Art Fair will be held in The Lismore House Hotel as part of The Lismore Music Festival:

Thursday 30th May from 6pm - 9pm including opening ceremony.

Friday 31st May from 12am - 8pm

Saturday 1st June from 12am - 8pm

Admission for Adults is €3.50. Children are very welcome and free.

We have a fantastic line up for the fair including the following.

Weldon's Dublin  Silver & Jewellery IADA

Vanessa Parker Rare Books Co.Mayo IADA

Roger Grimes Prints Engravings Maps and 17th 18th Century Furniture Co.Mayo IADA

Jonathan and Alison Ackroyd Jewellery Lismore.

Chris & Karen Southgate Oriental Antiques Lismore IADA

Moycullen Antiques Co Galway Furniture & Objet D'art IADA

Edward Guiney Antique Furniture Buttervent Co.Cork

Marie Curran Silver & Jewellery Dublin IADA

Treasures Irish Art Athlone Co.Westmeath

Eily Henry Vintage Fashion and Accessories Stradbally Co.Waterford

Sandra Hogan Silver and Objet D'art Cork

Jimmy Hennessy China & Porcelain Co.Tipperary

Eileen McCarthy Coins & Banknotes Tallow Co.Waterford

Walk St Declan's Way this July

A pilgrimage walk along St. Declan's Way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place over five days this year from Wednesday July 24th to Sunday July 28th. The event is being organised by Knockmealdown Active and follows on from a successful 3-day walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore last year, which had almost 60 participants.

The schedule is as follows: Day 1 - Cashel to Cahir; Day 2 - Cahir to Ardfinnan; Day 3 - Ardfinnan to Lismore; Day 4 - Lismore to Knocknaskagh; Day 5 - Knocknaskagh to Ardmore.  The walk will finish in Ardmore on the final day of Ardmore Pattern Festival.  

Full details of the event, including an online booking system, are available on the Knockmealdown Active website.  Participants have the option of taking part in the entire walk or for between 1 and 4 days. There is a fee to take part which will cover transport, light refreshments, insurance, first aid costs etc. 

The event is also listed on Discover Ireland and on The Gathering website. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Brand Lismore

Minister of Transport, Tourism, and Sport Leo Varadkar arrived in Lismore on Monday 6th May to launch the new Brand Lismore Logo. The new logo was the brain child of the Lismore Marketing Group, a competition was held earlier this year where third level students were asked to design a logo and develop a brand to represent the town. The winner Laura Keane, a student at WIT received her prize from the Minister at an event in Lismore Heritage Centre during the 400th anniversary celebrations on Monday.

The Minister was welcomed to the town by town Mayor Julie Landers and County Mayor Billy Kyne, the County Manager Denis McCarthy introduced the Minister and stated how "Waterford has so much to offer tourist and visitors, from Dunmore East to Ballyduff, mountains to the sea.  Lismore has been very important to tourism in County Waterford in the past and with the new brand uniting all the visitor attractions and amenities under one banner this will continue into the future."

Minister Varadkar launched the brand and presented the winning college WIT with a cheque for €3000.00.  Laura Keane the winner designer accepted the prize and was thrilled to see her work on mugs, bags and t-shirts.  It was a very proud moment for Laura and her family.

The Lismore Brand will be administered from Lismore Heritage Company and anyone wanting to use the logo or get involved in the brand can contact Mealla Fahey at Lismore Heritage Centre, on 058 54975 or

Brand Lismore Caption Competition

As part of Lismore’s 400th anniversary celebrations on 6th May WIT student, Laura Keane, was presented with her prize for designing the winning Brand Lismore logo by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar.

This lovely relaxed shot of Laura and Minister Varadkar chatting with three costumed beauties (Becky McCloskey, Ellen McCloskey and Sarah Nugent Shanahan) in the background really caught our eye here in Lismore Heritage Centre. We want a caption for this great photo. We are running a competition on our Facebook page to find a winning phrase. You can enter simply by commenting on the picture which is pinned to the top of our page. Our favourite caption will win a voucher for The Craft Shop and you can enter as often as you like!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Storytime Sessions at Lismore Library

Summer Season now underway!

The popular Storytime Sessions will continue to take place on the first Friday of each month at Lismore Library.  Sessions start at 2.15pm (3&4yr olds) 3.15pm (5&6yr olds) & 4.15pm (7-10yr olds).

We are delighted to announce that Storytime will take part in this year’s Immrama Festival of Travel Writing. This special session will take place from 2pm-5pm on Friday 14th June at Lismore Library, and has been designed for children aged 7-11 years old.  To book a place, please contact Lismore Library on (058) 21377 or e-mail:

All Storytime sessions are FREE and remember Open Books, Open Minds!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Easter Camp in Lismore

We’ll be somewhere over the rainbow at Easter Camp in Lismore Heritage Centre this March.

Our campers will be pulling rabbits out of hats, investigating the science behind sweets, mixing up some chocolate play dough and unleashing their inner cookie monsters as well as having some Wizard of Oz themed fun!  Easter Camp is a great way for boys and girls to spend their holidays from primary school with lots of art, crafts and games.

Easter Camp is on Monday 25th-Thursday 28th March. Camp runs from 10am-2pm each day. Campers can come along for one day for €15 or since each day is totally different they can come to all four for €50. They will need to bring along a drink, a healthy packed lunch and a big sense of adventure!

Spaces at camp are strictly limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointed little bunnies. Hop to it: call Arlene on 058 54975 or email

Monday, February 25, 2013

Do you have an interest in the birds and bees and bugs and butterflies?

Would you be interested in being part of a survey in the Lismore area during 2013-2014? You will be able to do this in your own time i.e. during your daily or weekly walk.

This survey is being conducted in conjunction with the help of Biodiversity Ireland in Waterford. They are running a free workshop on using a new online system that they have developed to record your sightings.

The work you will be involved in will be part of the national statistics of local and national habitat. Your information will be used in this survey and will inform us on the numbers and habits of our local species.

If you are interested in participating in this survey please contact Sean on 0879776200 or Michael on 0861600642 before Friday 1st March

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Prodger, based on a true story

FORGOTTEN – For a long time, Irish veterans of World War I were largely forgotten.  But they didn’t forget the war.  Nor did others let them.  For some at least, it never went away.  

Set in a pub in Lismore, Waterford, in 1964, Tina Noonan’s powerful new one-act play, The Prodger, is a poignant re-imagining of the life of one such veteran, her great-uncle Johnny, who lost a leg in battle. Like many in his situation, Johnny met with prejudice when finally he returned home. He never married and suffered flashbacks all his life.

The Prodger sees Johnny and a friend head to the pub one wild winter’s night. Rumours of a local murder are circulating. As events unfold and the play moves rapidly towards its dramatic conclusion, stories are told and old secrets and wounds exposed.

Touching on themes of love, loss, friendship and regret, yet full of biting humour, The Prodger is a moving portrait of one veteran’s struggle to fit into his local community, decades after the war is over.  For Johnny at least, the devastation of war still lingers.

 The Prodger features a stellar cast of Irish acting talent: Seamus Moran, Brendan Conroy, Joe Moylan and Frank Melia.

In conjunction with Lismore Dramatic Society The Prodger comes to Lismore’s Courthouse Theatre on 9th and 10th March. Tickets are priced at €12 and can be bought from the Lismore Heritage Centre (058) 54 975 or Cahills, Flower & Gift Shop, Main Street, Lismore 

Brand Lismore winner to be announced this week

The people of Lismore have cast their votes, adjudication has taken place and this Friday, 22nd February, the winner of the ‘Brand Lismore’ competition will be announced in Lismore House Hotel.
Early this year 20 designs for a new logo for Lismore Heritage Town were shortlisted from submissions made by third level graphic design students from around Ireland. From 11th-17th February the projects were displayed in Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage’s Hall and local people were asked to visit and vote for their favourite project. An adjudication panel nominated by Lismore Marketing Group, the instigators of the competition, then met and taking the ballot, along with other factors into consideration, selected a winner.
A €3000 prize will be awarded to the winning student and their college along with the considerable prestige of seeing their logo adopted and used as a single symbol to market Lismore and its many attractions. The prize will be presented in a ceremony on 6th May when the 400th anniversary of the granting of a charter to Lismore is celebrated.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Have a Blackwater Adventure this spring

Lismore is known for its castle, its history, its pretty streets and tasty tea shops. Oh but the times they are a changing and the Blackwater Adventure is adding thrills and spills to the beautiful west Waterford town this spring and summer.

At a special discounted price visitors to Lismore are dared to see the area from a whole new perspective. Take in the views of the Blackwater Valley as you kayak down the magnificent river with an experienced local guide to point out the wildlife and landmarks as you sail on by. The saddle of a bike is your next perch; pick up a bike, helmet and map from Lismore Cycling Holidays and go explore! Find a little spot to rest and enjoy the picnic lunch especially prepared and packed for you by the local hotel. It’s the stuff great holidays are made of!

All this is included in the great value price of €43 per person. Call Alice at Lismore Heritage Centre on 058 54975 and she will make all the arrangements for your chosen date

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cast your vote in the Brand Lismore final

Exciting, fresh, innovative and imaginative were among the terms used to describe the 20 finalists battling to be chosen as the new brand for Lismore, Co Waterford.

The west Waterford heritage town invited graphic design students from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology to design a logo or brand to represent the ancient town and all its attractions. 20 of the submitted projects have now been shortlisted and are on display in St Carthage’s Hall in the town.

On Monday 11th February a special preview evening was held for local businesses. Mealla Fahey, a member of Lismore Marketing Group, the driving force behind the competition, said that the group was very pleased and encouraged by the turn out on the evening. “Buy in from businesses in the town and the local people is essential if this project is to be a success” The intention is, she explained, that the winning logo will be used as one brand to drive one unified marketing strategy for all the enterprises in the Lismore area.

With local support so vital to the project the people of Lismore are now called upon to help select a winner. The 20 shortlisted finalists are on display in St Carthage’s Hall, Chapel Street, Lismore from Monday 11th-Sunday 17th February from 10am-4pm each day. Admission is free and you cast a vote for your favourite by filling out a simple form.

Business people attending the preview evening were in agreement on one point; picking a winner is no easy task. The standard of the work is very high and all the projects have much to recommend them. The final decision will lie with an adjudication panel nominated by the Lismore Marketing Group and a winner will be announced on Friday 22nd February in Lismore House Hotel. The new brand will be officially launched on 6th May as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the granting of the charter to Lismore Town.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Lismore School Tour Experience: bigger and better than ever

Lismore Heritage Centre is delighted to announce two new additions to its hugely popular School Tour Experience for 2013.

Prove to your pupils that sums can be fun with our Maths Trail. With rulers at the ready children turn themselves upside down to measure, estimate and count their way around Lismore’s Millennium Park. Working in teams the groups race to complete challenges and solve problems.

Equations cracked, pupils’ minds turn to times past as they search high and low to discover the secret tunnels, tombs, soldiers and saints that make up the long and colourful history of St Carthage’s Cathedral.

All the old school tour favourites remain available: the fairytale Towers Woodland Walk, Glove Puppet Making and the Robert Boyle Science Room. You can create a tour especially for your class by picking and choosing your favourite activities, old or new. All the options will be tailored to the pupils’ age from Junior Infants to sixth class.

To find out more or to secure your preferred tour date contact Alice on 058 54975 or email

Looking forward to Easter Camp in Lismore

The arrival of Ash Wednesday this week can only mean two things:

1. Fish for dinner

2. Just 5 weeks ‘till Easter Camp arrives at Lismore Heritage Centre

Lismore Heritage Centre will hold their Easter Camp Monday 25th-Thursday 28th March. Having camp before the big day means we can make great decorations, treats and toys to bring home for Easter weekend. Indeed rainbow science, white bunnies and magic hats are just the beginning of the arty, crafty, science-y fun and games we have in store for our fun filled week.

Camp is suitable for boys and girls attending primary school and runs from 10am-2pm each day. Campers can come along for one day for €15 or since each day is totally different they can come to all four for €50. They will need to bring along a drink, a healthy packed lunch and loads of energy for all the stuff they’ll be getting up to!

Spaces at camp are strictly limited to make sure everyone gets the attention they need so early booking is advised. Hop to it: call Arlene on 058 54975 or email

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Businesses asked to preview Brand Lismore finalists

In 2012 Lismore Marketing Group asked third level graphic design students to create a logo or ‘brand’ to represent the heritage town. Now 20 potential winners have been chosen and representatives of local businesses and organisations are invited to preview the finalists on Monday 11th February in St Carthage’s Hall, Chapel Street at 6.30pm .

Kevin Santry of West Cork Development Partnership will speak briefly on the evening about the Fuchsia Brand and how it was established as an overarching logo for the West Cork region. This will be followed by an open discussion where everyone’s views and opinions on developing one brand and one unified marketing strategy for all the enterprises in the Lismore area will be welcome.

Without the support of local businesses this project cannot succeed and help Lismore to reach the wider visitor audience it deserves. Please take the time to come along to this short and informative event; your input is vital to its success.

A cheese and wine reception at 6.30pm is kindly sponsored by Lismore House Hotel. If you plan to attend the preview please RSVP to Mealla Fahey, Lismore Heritage Centre on 058 54975 by Friday 8th February.

The projects will remain on public display in St Carthage’s Hall from Tuesday 12th-Sunday 17th February from 10am-4pm each day. All locals and townspeople are urged to visit the exhibition and to select their preferred winner.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2 for 1 entry to Lismore Heritage Centre with Facebook

Visitors to Lismore Heritage Centre can now use their smartphones to get a great discount on entry to the centre’s audio visual show. To avail of the offer visitors simply use their smartphones to check in to Lismore Heritage Centre on Facebook then show their check in on screen at the reception desk to claim the 2 for 1 offer.

The discount applies to tickets to The Lismore Experience a very interesting and informative short film on the rich history of Lismore Town and Castle. The show is a brilliant introduction to the area imparting lots of information in a very accessible way. Entry to The Lismore Experience normally costs €5 for adults and €4.50 for students and seniors.

Project Manager at Lismore Heritage Centre, Mealla Fahey, says “We are delighted to offer this discount to visitors. To get the reduction people will need to have a smartphone and a Facebook account. Our staff will be happy to help you through the check in process if you are not familiar with it. We decided on this incentive as we have a very active Facebook page with over 2000 fans. It is updated regularly and is a great way for locals and tourists to get lots of up to date information not just on the heritage centre but on what’s going on in Lismore and the locality.”

Ms Fahey added that the centre has a number of other pocket friendly offers to encourage visitors to the centre such as discounted group rates and a ‘Kids Go Free’ policy where adults attending The Lismore Experience may be accompanied by children free of charge.

Details of the 2 for 1 offer get be obtained at Lismore Heritage Centre, on or on

Friday, January 18, 2013

Exciting new topics added to Lismore Mobile Science Workshop

What is an acid? What is a base? How does the food we eat keep us alive and healthy? Primary school pupils will learn all this and more with the Lismore Science Workshop’s two new topics for 2013: the Guts of Digestion and Acids and Bases.

From the moment it touches the lips to the gory finale pupils will love following real food on a simulated journey through the digestive system. Children will discover how their body absorbs nutrients, the role played by different body parts and the jobs done by helpful bacteria.

Using red cabbage indicator and litmus paper pupils will learn about acids and bases as they identify the Ph of lots of everyday materials. Students will bring some bang to the lesson with classic chemical reaction experiments- school has never been this much fun!

Science workshops are generally recommended for fourth to sixth class students. Lest the little ones feel left out the Junior Science Roadshow can roll in to keep everyone from Junior Infants up spellbound with simple, fun experiments.

In 2012 the Lismore Mobile Science Workshop brought science to almost 1000 pupils in their very own classrooms in schools all over the south east. The workshop is a convenient and exciting way to bring the primary science curriculum to life.

The price per pupil for a 2 hour senior science workshop is €6 and €4 for the Junior Science Roadshow. All materials are included and student worksheets are supplied. There is a minimum payment of €180 per school. The 2012 science workshop topics, Electricity and Light, remain available to interested schools.

Lismore Heritage Centre is a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Centre with over 15 years education experience. Each school will receive a DPSM certificate of completion.

To book a workshop or for more information call Alice or Eleanor on 058-54975, visit or follow us Facebook and Twitter

Monday, January 7, 2013

Brand Lismore: What will it be? Have your say!

People of Lismore asked to judge national marketing competition.

The best and brightest graphic design students from third level institutions around Ireland have turned their minds and talents to one topic: the heritage town of Lismore, Co Waterford. They have been asked to design a logo or brand to represent the ancient town and all its attractions. On offer: a €3000 prize for the winning student and their college and invaluable practical experience in a competitive professional market. Finishing touches are being put to these exciting projects as the final submission date of 1st February looms ever closer.

20 finalists will be selected from among the students of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. The shortlisted projects will be on display in Lismore Castle Arts, St Carthage’s Hall, Chapel Street, Lismore from 11th-17th February. All local businesses and townspeople are encouraged to visit the exhibition, which will be open 10am-4pm each day that week, to choose their preferred winner. The final decision on who will take first place lies with an adjudication panel but the views of Lismoreians will be one of the deciding criteria.

Mealla Fahey, Project Manager at Lismore Heritage Centre says “For the winning project to truly become ‘brand Lismore’ it needs to something that the whole town supports; that is why is so important that local people call into the exhibition and have their say. It would not be right for a small panel of judges to go against what the people of Lismore want so the project that gets the popular vote will be very difficult to defeat.”

The design competition is an initiative of the Lismore Marketing Group, an organisation founded by a number of local businesses and community groups that have come together to promote and market Lismore using their combined experience and budgets to get the best value and exposure for Lismore Town.