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Curious Gardens is a series of one-day walled garden festivals in Doneraile Estate, Cork and Emo Court, Laois this September

Curious Gardens is a series of one-day walled garden festivals in Doneraile Estate, Cork and Emo Court, Laois this September

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Addressing the challenge of the current guidelines, Curious Gardens is a new series of one-day festivals that is a sort of reimagining of what a festival in this time could be.

Taking place in the walled gardens of two historic houses in Doneraile Estate, Cork and Emo Court, Laois, Curious Gardens‘ programme is a mix of music, chats and comedy, presented by Schweppe Curtis Nunn and Emperor’s Robes in partnership with the Office of Public Works. 

Here are the details and the dates:

Curious Gardens takes you through the keyhole of these secret gardens to witness the planting of seeds, turning of soil, tending of vines, blooming of flowers and nurturing of green shoots. Birdsong will be joined by human music; the buzz of bees will accompany enlightening conversations and the hissing of summer lawns will give way to laughter as the walled gardens in Doneraile Court and Emo Court spring into life. Experience intriguing entertainment including music, talks and comedy; a hamlet of interactive installations ranging from a Calcutta-style bus, to a forgotten circus, to an Alpine snow chalet, with great food and drinks, loads of picnic benches with room to roam and much more. 



Doneraile Estate, Co. Cork – Sunday, September 5th

Music :

  • JYellowL
  • Dublin Gospel Choir
  • Jafaris
  • Interskalactic
  • Cooks But We’re Chefs
  • Steo Wall  

Words:

  • An Irishman Abroad Podcast hosted by Jarlath Regan with special guest Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders)
  • Colm O’Regan: Climate Worrier
  • Waterford Whispers News: Live with special guest Mary Ann
  • Elaine Feeney
  • Sinéad Gleeson Lisa McInerney
  • Jennifer O’Connell
  • Martin Collins
  • Mairtín Mac an Bhaird
  • Oein De Bhairdúin
  • Marty Mulligan
  • Willzee Casey
  • David McDonagh 

Interactive installations:

  • Après Ski
  • Lord Ganesh’s Larder

Emo Court, Co. Laois – Thursday, September 9th

Music:

  • Cathy Davey
  • HamsandwicH
  • Paddy Hanna
  • Camembert Quartet
  • Luna Boys
  • Sharyn Ward
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • Trish Reilly
  • Kathleen Marie Keenan

Words:

  • Joanne McNally in conversation with Séamas O’Reilly (Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?)
  • Waterford Whispers News: Live with special guest Barry Murphy
  • History Ireland Hedge School on The Treaty
  • Manchán Magan & Rossa Ó Snodaigh
  • Paddy Cullivan presents the Murder of Michael Collins
  • Dearbhail McDonald
  • Ann Marie Quilligan
  • Mags Casey 

Interactive installations:

  • Après Ski
  • Lord Ganesh’s Larder
  • The Forgotten Circus

Tickets 

Tickets for each event are priced at €39 per person plus a €1 booking fee per ticket in pods of 4 or 6. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A limited number of discounted family tickets (2 adults with up to 4 children under 12 for free) are available at €78*.

Buy tickets here.

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Curious Gardens is funded by the Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.