Cream of the crop of St Patrick’s Day festivities

Enjoying afternoon tea served by a bona fide butler, followed by a tour of one of the country’s most renowned castle gardens, isn’t exactly a traditional St Patrick’s Day celebration but it is likely to be popular in Lismore, Co Waterford.

Devonshire Day at Lismore Castle has become an annual tradition and sees guests served Devonshire Cream Tea — which is aiming to join the likes of the Waterford blaa by securing protected geographical status. Guests will be served by the duke’s butler in the Pugin Room and will get a preview of the castle’s spring gardens.

The event is a fundraiser organised by the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing committee, whose own event is now in its 11th year and will be held from Jun 13 to 16.

Immrama event manager Jan Rotte said they were delighted to be holding Devonshire Day again.

“This really is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some Devonshire Cream Tea in the most picturesque surroundings,” said Mr Rotte.

“We understand that Devon have recently applied for protected geographical status for Devonshire Cream Tea but we are sure it will always be available to be served at the Irish home of the duke of Devonshire and for guests at the castle to enjoy each year on Devonshire Day.

“After enjoying the tea, visitors on the day can avail of a guided tour of Lismore Castle gardens, which are set in seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls and have spectacular views of the castle and the surrounding countryside.”

The lower garden was formerly known as the pleasure grounds and is famous for its camellia, rhododendron, and magnolias.

Proceeds on the day will help fund the 2013 Immrama festival programme.

* Tours take place at 11.30am, 12.40pm, 1.50pm, 3pm, and 4.10pm on Mar 17, with entrance by ticket only. For inquiries and bookings, call 058 53803 or 058 54975. Facebook.com/lismoreimmrama


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