Video and Photoshoot at the Castle

Filed under Castle Photo Shoots | No Comments
Share Button

We had a very interesting video and photoshoot last summer 2014 at the Castle in conjunction with White Cat Studio Photography (http://www.whitecatstudio.net/) and Vector PM. Feathers, smoke, masks, cakes, cots and mirror balls all featured in this quirky shoot and you can link to the video here:

white cat 1
Share Button

Wedding photographs and slide shows at Blackwater Castle

Filed under Castle Photo Shoots, Castle Weddings | No Comments
Share Button

Wedding photographs at Blackwater Castle

We have had some great weddings this year already and here are links to some of the slide shows and blog posts of the professional photographers who captured those special moments.

Monica and Rob, had a stunning event here in August 2013 (designed and styled by Monica herself) and you can view some of their images here courtesy of their incredibly talented photographer Egle at White Cat Studio. Monica really ran with the concept that the Castle is a blank canvas upon which she could paint her individual style – everything was so tastefully done and entirely in keeping with an historic building.

Irish Castle Weddings

Bridget and John had a wonderful wedding here in July 2013 and images and videos from the event were beautifully captured by their photographer Rory O’Toole.  As Bridget and John married in the Roman Catholic Church in the village Rory’s series of images and videos captures the photo opportunities to be found around the beautiful village of Castletownroche along with the countless possibilities within the Castle grounds from the Castle itself to the Walled Garden, majestic avenue, and mature woodlands.   Click here to view Bridget and John’s slide show.

A more recent wedding of Dave and Sue was beautifully captured by their photographer Peter Bialkowski of  Fleeting Moments Photography who did a wonderful job in recording a very special event.  Peter was so taken with the Castle and its potential for photograph opportunities that he declared it to be the “nicest venue for a DIY wedding I’ve ever seen. Paradise for a wedding photographer”. You can see Peter’s work here

Peter also captured the magic at the marriage of Heather and Jonathan in September 2013 and you can see images of their unique “cocktail style” event here along with all the fun to be had with a Photo Booth.

wedding-photographers-cork-_-blackwater-castle-56

A fusion of Hungarian and Irish influences was at work for the wedding of Mark and Emese which took place in glorious sunshine in September 2013.  An intimate and elegant event, you can view their images here as shot by their friend Ewa Slusarek, of Eva Photography.

 

Irish Castle Wedding

 

July 2014 saw Edel & Gerry wed in splendid sunshine on the Castle lawn and some of their lovely images can be seen on In Love Photography’s Blog.

Kate rocked that 1940′s look with a fabulous vintage frock when she married Donal in August 2014 and some great images from Sean Clark Photography can be viewed here.

Irish Castle Weddings

Some of you might like to take inspiration from this wedding blog from One Fab Day on a lovely event last July when Edel & Gerry (the “anti Posh & Becks”!) tied the knot. Wim from In Love Photography found some gorgeous corners around the grounds for some lovely shots too.

In-Love-Photography-CAstle wedding

You can read more detail about weddings at the Castle by going back to our Weddings page on our website or contact Sheila or Patrick on 087 971 0854.

 

 

Share Button

Autumn leaves at Blackwater Castle

Filed under Castle nature | No Comments
Share Button

The Autumnal colours at the Castle are gorgeous this year due to such a hot summer and a dry sunny Autumn hastening the disappearance of chlorophyll and exposing the range of red, yellow and orange pigments.  The results are spectacular with more delights ahead.  Here are some images of Autumn drawing in taken this weekend.  As you can see we still have beautiful blooms in the Walled Garden too even this late in the season.  Red squirrels are busy already and we are looking forward to seeing more of them scampering along the avenue.

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Leaves are turning by the Walled Garden.
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Some turn faster than others!
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Fantastic Fuschia
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Perfection
autumn at Blackwater Castle
This one is not for turning – the rare evergreen Magnolia Grandiflora is thriving in the Walled Garden.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The Old Horse Road and Jaxon.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The Awbeg running through the glen beneath the Castle.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
These caves along the river bank were occupied back in the Mesolithic era (circa 10,000 years ago). Now this cave is home to our zipline towers.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Autumnal blooms

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Apples and grapes from the Walled Garden – and yes – grapes can grow in Ireland!

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The greenhouse

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
October moon over the tower with the Finnish flag denoting the origins of our current guests.
Share Button

History of Castletownroche

Filed under History & Heritage | No Comments
Share Button

Colonel Grove White wrote a fascinating account of the history and heritage of Cork in his collection of Historical and Topographical Notes, County Cork, published 1906 – 1915.  There is a very detailed account of the history of the village of Castletownroche, its landowners, with details of the contemporary commercial and agricultural life and indeed an account of the Castle from the early part of the 20th Century and you can click on this link to read the digitised version.

http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie/places/northcork/grovewhitenotes/castlekevintoclenorparish/gw2_139_151.pdf

http://www.blackwatercastle.com

 

A drawing by Alfred J. Nicholson of Blackwater Castle, then Widenham Castle, with the old Norman tower (1475) clearly visible at the summit with the remains of the ruined lookout post visible below.  The Old Rustic Bridge by the Mill (collapsed since 1946) is visible to the fore of the drawing with the late Medieval bridge (circa 13th century) in the rear of the drawing.

Share Button

Commercial life of Castletownroche

Filed under History & Heritage | No Comments
Share Button

Commercial life of Castletownroche in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.

A brochure on the commercial life of the village was produced about 10 years ago chronicling the various businesses and social life of the village at the turn of the 20th century.  The depth of commercial life is truly astonishing for such a small village which then included harness makers, bakers, blacksmiths, publicans, farriers with all manner of entertainment on offer from circuses to dance bands to cinema.  The brochure is reproduced here with apologies for the quality of reproduction.

 

CTRa
CTR1ctr2
ctr3

 

ctr4
ctr5
Share Button

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Filed under Castle Weddings | No Comments
Share Button

Good news this week from the Attorney General’s Office with clarification that wedding ceremonies can now be held outside. While the Castle was an approved venue for civil ceremonies since 2008 new rules came into effect in 2013 which permitted Humanists to perform legally binding ceremonies at such venues in addition to State Registrars. Registrars insisted that such ceremonies be performed inside the approved venues but Humanists were more flexible in their approach and allowed the ceremonies to take place outside venues leading to delightful ceremonies which were particular to each couple and allowed for beautiful backdrops to be used to great effect. This meant that we had beautiful ceremonies on the terrace of the Castle overlooking the River Valley or on the lawn of the Castle. The HSE which regulates such matters ruled recently that the ceremonies must take place inside which threw quite a number of wedding arrangements up in the air. Fortunately sense prevailed with the welcome ruling from the Attorney General that such ceremonies could indeed be performed outside. Sheila was interviewed on the subject this week by John Murray of RTE’s The John Murray Show and you can listen to that interview here. Now all we need is favourable weather for the remainder of this year’s outdoor ceremonies!

outdoor wedding ceremony
A beautiful ceremony conducted on the lawn of the Castle last June.
Share Button

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Filed under Uncategorized | No Comments
Share Button

Delighted to get a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor!  We are thrilled to be the top rated speciality venue in Cork (of 76) and the second of 346 in Munster.  Thank you to all our reviewers who have accorded us a coveted 5* status.   Next goal for us is to get to the top slot in Munster!

Share Button

Quarterly Newsletter

Filed under Uncategorized | No Comments
Share Button

If you would like to sign up for our Quarterly Newsletter with details of our occasional special offers please add your email address here.

Share Button

Spring Blooms at Blackwater Castle

Filed under Castle Photo Shoots | No Comments
Share Button

Today, April 11 2014,  was such a glorious day that our Walled Garden curator took to the trails with Jaxon the Dachshund and captured these wonderful views of Spring in full flow. Nature has truly exploded into life around here – enjoy!

Prunus Hokusai at BLackwater Castle
Prunus Hokusai, one of the first to flower each Spring in the Walled Garden.

 

Hokusai Blackwater Castle
Closeup of ‘Hokusai’ in the Walled Garden

 

Prunus Shirotae at Blackwater Castle
Prunus Shirotae, ‘Mount Fuji’ – shaped like a snowcovered mountain top.

 

 

Mount Fuji
A close up of Mount Fuji.

 

Tulipa viridiflora, 'Spring Green' at Blackwater Castle
Tulipa viridiflora, ‘Spring Green’ , a firm favourite at Blackwater Castle.

 

Tulipa 'Juan' at Blackwater Castle
Tulipa ‘Juan’. Just one of the many special tulips planted in pots and borders and now popping up in surprising places.

 

Magnolia x soulangeana.
Magnolia x soulangeana in the Walled Garden.
Narcissus poeticus at Blackwater Castle.
Along the Avenue we have Narcissus Poeticus with a heavenly scent.

Blackwater Castle

What a wonderful day – Jaxon enjoyed it too!

Jaxon the Dachshund

Share Button

Fermoy Conference – From Gaelic Kingdom to Anglo-Norman Lordship

Filed under History & Heritage | No Comments
Share Button

Fermoy Conference – From Gaelic Kingdom to Anglo-Norman Lordship

2 May – 4 May 2014 – Fermoy Community Centre

A very interesting conference is taking place in Fermoy over the May Bank Holiday Weekend 2014 at Fermoy Community Centre and opens on Friday evening May 2nd at 7pm.   The main focus of the conference will be the medieval document Críchad an Chaoilli (the Topography of Fermoy). This document survives in the form of manuscripts preserved in the Egerton manuscripts in the British Library, and in the Book of Lismore.

The Book of Lismore, or Leabhar MacCarthaigh Riabhach, is a collection of medieval documents compiled in the fifteenth century for Finghin McCarthy Riabhach of Kilbrittain Castle in south Cork. During the wars of the mid-seventeenth century the castle was captured by one of the sons of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who brought the book to his father at Lismore castle, where it was rediscovered in a built-up alcove in 1814, hence its name. It is today owned by the Duke of Devonshire, who owns Lismore Castle, and is preserved in his library at Chatsworth. Though compiled in the fifteenth century, most of the material contained in the Book of Lismore is much older, and Críchad an Chaoilli itself is based on material dating back to the mid-twelfth century or earlier.

Book of Lismore

Taken from the book of Lismore, Críchad starts half way down the right column. Image courtesy of The Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

Críchad an Chaoilli contains a wealth of information relating to much of northeast Cork, an area known in pre-Norman times as Caoille or Fir Maige, later Fermoy. The territory extended over the north-eastern part of County Cork, north of the Nagle Mountains and approximately from Mallow in the west, to the Cork-Waterford border in the east.

The striking fact about the Críchad is that it contains no reference to any Anglo-Norman families of the area. There are no Roches, Condons or Lombards here. Instead we have Ó Keeffe, Ó Hennessy, Ó Regan and other names, many now lost, of the native Irish families who inhabited the area prior to the Anglo-Norman invasion of the late twelfth century. Críchad lists the political divisions of the area (bailte and tuatha), the ruling families of each area, and the principal church of each tuath, allowing historians a unique view into the social and political world of pre-Norman Ireland.

This conference will present the results of recent historical studies of the Críchad, as well as looking at the broader historical and archaeological context of the Fermoy region in the Medieval period, spanning the period before and after the Anglo-Norman invasion. In addition to the Críchad speakers will cover topics such as the pre-Norman churches of the area, medieval saints of the area, the impact of the Cistercian monks in Ireland, Anglo-Norman families of the region, and their castles, and two speakers will look at the topics of agriculture and food in Ireland during the medieval period.

This is expected to be the first of three conferences focused on the Fermoy region. Subsequent conferences will explore the history of the region in the later Middle Ages and the context of the foundation of the town of Fermoy in the late eighteenth century.

A full programme of events along with registration details  can be found here or contact Eamon Cotter, Archaeologist and conference organiser at eocotter@gmail.com or 086-817366

 

Share Button