Devonshire Day Announced at Lismore Castle

The annual ‘Devonshire Day’ at Lismore Castle has been announced to take place on March 16, 2014, guests to Lismore Castle on this day can take a unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the Pugin Room and experience a preview of Lismore Castle’s Spring Gardens.

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Devonshire Day is now an annual traditional at the Castle; guests are served Devonshire Cream Tea by the Duke of Devonshire’s Butler in the Pugin room and are then offered a guided tour of the Castle gardens under the expert guidance of the Head Gardener an opportunity not normally available to visitors.


Devonshire Day is a fundraiser organised by the ‘Immrama Festival of Travel Writing’ committee. The Immrama Festival takes place this year for the twenfth year in Lismore from June 12 to 15, 2014.


Commenting on the launch of Devonshire Day Mr Jan Rotte, Event Manager of Immrama said, “We are delighted to host Devonshire Day at Lismore Castle, it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Devonshire Cream Tea in the most picturesque surroundings. 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 to the castle to enjoy each year at Devonshire Day.


After enjoying tea visitors can experience 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 Immrama Travel Writing Festival Committee is hosting this event and proceeds will help fund the 2014 festival programme. Tours take place at 11.30 a.m., 12.40 p.m., 1.50 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 4.10 p.m. Entrance is by ticket only, Children under 10 go free but must be pre-registered with the ticket office. Tickets are available from the Immrama office and Lismore Heritage Centre and cost €20.00. For further enquiries and bookings contact 058-53803 or 058-54975 or see


ENDS – February 10, 2014.


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Enjoy afternoon tea in the Pugin Room at Lismore Castle and experience a unique preview of Lismore Castle Spring Gardens takes place on Sunday March 16 2014 – served by the castles very own Butler Mr. Denis Nevin – Photograph Patrick Browne.


For further information contact Ann Power 086 3065588 or email


Additional Information:


Serving Devon Cream Tea:

The Devon method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top.

Traditionally it is important that the scones be warm ideally, freshly baked and that clotted (rather than whipped) cream and strawberry jam, rather than any other variety, are used. Butter is generally not included, and the tea should be served with milk


Devonshire Cream Tea PGI STATUS

The most seemingly dainty of afternoon treats, the Devon cream tea has been submitted for PGI status. A coalition of producers recently intensified a campaign to win protected designation of origin (PDO) status for the cream tea by unveiling a vast eight-foot scone at the 116th annual Devon County Show, with an entire marquee devoted to the bid.


It’s about making sure what people are served is the genuine article. The task of winning recognition – which first involves persuading the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to back the bid – can be a lengthy one. The application process could take up to eight years.


The PDO scheme was launched in 1992, based on the appellation d’origine controlee label used by the French for wine. Manufacturers can apply for PDO status – meaning products must be made entirely within a designated area – or protected geographical indication (PGI), meaning they are either prepared, processed or produced within a certain location.


Last year the classic “Devon cream tea” was voted the Devon region’s favourite ‘food speciality’.



The Lower Garden was formerly known as the Pleasure Grounds and is spectacular in the Spring Time. A number of camellia, rhododendron‘s and some particularly magnificent magnolias can be found here. There has been extensive planting over the last number of years and the gardens are being constantly refined and improved. The walls surrounding the garden date from the early 18th century and have been planted with roses such as Francis E, Lester, Bobbie James, Rambling Rector to name but a few. The Lower Garden also boasts some spectacular sculptures by well-known artists Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna.


The Upper Garden is one of the few Jacobean gardens to survive in anything like its original form. The first Earl of Cork helped by his gardener John built a high surrounding wall and a raised terrace terminated at either end by turrets. The Central Walk, which is between the herbaceous borders, is backed by yew hedges and was laid in dramatic alignment on the Pain spire of the Anglican Cathedral. The hedges provide a suitable background for the herbaceous borders as one walks towards the top terrace. Located here are some artistic works by Bridget McCrum, Simon Thomas, Emily Young and Edwin Whitney Smith.




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