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Creative Writing in Business Course

Creative Writing in Business
Residential Course from Dark Angels, 19 – 22 October 2016
Loughcrew Estate, Oldcastle, County Meath
Loughcrew House is pleased to host the first Creative Writing in Business Course by Dark Angels in Ireland. Read all about it before and contact Dark Angels through the details below to book.
Want to take your writing to a different level? Seeking ways to jolt a passive reader to attention, or just eager to become a better writer or storyteller? This intensive foundation course is  for anyone whose job involves effective communication. Freelance copywriting, communications, brand management, corporate affairs, marketing and many more areas of management and creative consultancy – these are all typical areas of work for Dark Angels participants.

This is the first Dark Angels course to be hosted in Ireland. Based on a series of residential writing courses conceived by writers John Simmons, Stuart Delves and Jamie Jauncey, these highly successful courses explore different ways to use words more imaginatively within the business environment.

 Front of Loughcrew House
What’s involved?
The course explores how to inject colour, personality and freshness into your writing, business or personal.  It provides practical ways to apply imaginative thinking to stories and narrative writing, as well as business and brand communications. 
This course follows an Intensive Foundation format with an introductory session on the first evening followed by creative exercises, collaborative projects, one to one sessions with tutors and personal pieces. Personal development is fundamental to all creative writing and it is also an important aspect of all Dark Angels courses.

 Dining area and living room
The price is €1,895 or £1,495 per person (or special sole trader rate of €1,200 or £950) and includes accommodation and food.
Want to know more? Contact gillian.colhoun@designwriter.com. Or check out the Dark Angels website, http://www.dark-angels.org.uk/index.html.
What they’ve said:

“Too often as communicators with a marketing objective, we’re focused on functional writing. We know the ‘craft’ and the ‘theory’ – but it’s the ‘spark’ that makes all the difference. A creative approach to business writing is critical now that audiences are more cynical, and very capable at switching off to marketing messages. To leapfrog over those barriers requires us to think creatively, to engage people at a more human and honest level, and to flex our imaginative muscles. The course reminded me that I had those muscles – and helped me to exercise them.”

“Dark Angels is a strong mix of good stuff for mind, body and soul. If you like the idea you’re bound to love the people it brings together. And it can set the course of careers. Now I know what good writing can do, how much it is valued, what a writer can aspire to be, and how to find pleasure in each moment of my working life.”

Puccini Scandal in The National Concert Hall

The Puccini Scandal

Showing in the National Concert Hall

If you were not here for the premier of The Puccini Scandal by Niall Morris for the Loughcrew Opera in July now is your chance. Showing in The National Concert Hall on Saturday the 21st of November and set on the main stage it will be a night to remember.
If you enjoyed the show here in Loughcrew, well why not go to see it again!

In other news, we have started to plan the Opera Festival for 2016. We can’t give too much away but it’s promising to be another new exciting show and more!
Do save the date though, it will be held on the 25th & 26th of June 2016

Puccini Poster

The Gates of Hell

Coming to Loughcrew this Halloween – The Gates of Hell!

Gates of Hell

New to Loughcrew Estate the company behind the very successful Haunted Hotel in Oldcastle have moved out the gardens for a bigger, spookier and scarier experience! Entry is only €15 for the full tour (age 16+ and Adults only) with reduced rates for kids tours earlier in the night. Do you dare enter?

Booking ButtonBook online now on Eventbrite or find out more on HauntedHotel.ie

There will be limited places on the night so make sure to book well in advance!

A sneak peak of the gates of hell


Autumn Equinox Festival 2014

Coming up soon! Farewell to the light, the Autumn Equinox festival where we celebrate the sunrise shining into the inner chamber of the Loughcrew Cairns.

On Saturday and Sunday we will be providing the traditional Loughcrew Breakfast in the Coffee Shop with a special deal for anyone using the park n ride service from our carpark.

Contact Us for booking of Park ‘n’ Ride for the Autumn Equinox Festival

Autumn Equinox Festival

Equinox Saturday 2014

Autumn Equinox Festival

Equinox Sunday 2014

Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt and Activities

Wow the weather is getting warmer and although Easter Sunday is late this year, it is only 2 weeks away! We are getting excited here as we love spring in Loughcrew! Everything is growing in the gardens and the lambs are playing in the fields across the road.

On Easter Sunday the 20th of April we are having a big Egg Hunt in the Gardens, some lucky children may even find a Easter Bunny! Easter Egg Hunts will be running from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm on the hour and are for children up to 10 years old.

For the 6 yr olds and up the Zipline is opening for the Sunday Zip Sessions from 11 am to 4 pm and we will have some other games in between the hunts to keep everybody active for the day.

Don’t forget to pop into the coffee shop for some tasty treats. Lent will be over so may as well enjoy it!!

Easter Sunday


Loughcrew Equinox Festival March 2014

equinox_logoPlease note the car park for the Loughcrew Cairns will be extremely busy for sunrise. Buses will be available for park and ride from Loughcrew Gardens and The Fincourt Bar in Oldcastle for the Loughcrew Equinox.

To book Breakfast and Bus from either location please click here BOOK NOW

For the most up to date information as well as artist bios see our facebook page www.facebook.com/carnbane

Pre-Equinox Events

Monday 17 March 2014
‘Conan & The Mystical Magical Light of Loughcrew’
Book Signing with author Tina Halpin & illustrator Lisa Brady in The Kraft Kaffee, Oldcastle

Tuesday 18 March 2014
Opening Night of Lisa Brady’s Art Exhibition, ‘Into The Light: A Journey of Discovery with Conan & The Mystical, Magical Light of Loughcrew’, in Oldcastle Library, commencing at 7:15pm
Please Note
‘Into The Light’ 
Art Exhibition will continue all week, until Saturday 22 March 2014

‘The Colours of Light
Old Gilson School, Church Street, Oldcastle
Saturday 22 March 2014 – 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 23 March 2014 – 11:00am – 5:00pm

Castle Arts, an offshoot of The Netbox Project, which is now Oldcastle Community & Resource Group, are various independent artists working in the vicinity of Oldcastle, who have come together to display their work in exhibitions as a way of promoting the enormous potential that this region has to offer in terms of the arts.

Ranging from the abstract to more traditional landscape, Oldcastle Arts have put together an exhibition to reflect how colour and changing light inspire and create mood and atmosphere, which is hoped will connect in some way with those who view the work


The Return of The Light
Main Schedule of Events

Friday 21 March 2014

6:00am Sunrise at Loughcrew, Official Opening.  Greeting of The Light with Babylon Inferno Fire Dancers

8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt

8:00am Breakfast in Loughcrew Coffee Shop, plus Sacred Tree Walk to Lough Craobh with Bartle D’Arcy of Directing Tourism at 10am

7:30pm Guest Lecture ‘Constructing Ritual Space: Development, Complexity and Gatherings in the Sliabh na Caillaigh Passage Tomb Complex’ by Lynda McCormack NUIG, Hosted by Oldcastle Library & Moylough Historical Society in Oldcastle Library

Saturday 22 March 2014
Equinox Dawn Ceremony at Loughcrew with guest participants and practioners from the areas of Meditation, Shamanism,Druidry and Sound Performers

Loughcrew Gardens & Coffee Shop

8:00am Breakfast at Loughcrew Coffee Shop
10:00am Luke Eastwood Talk on ‘Changing of The Seasons’, in The Sun Room
11:00am Vinne Woods ‘Empowerment: Discovering The Magic Inside of Us’, in The Sun Room
12:00 midday Deirdre Wadding: Shamanic Journeying Workshop in The Millhouse

Loughcrew House Showrooms

Martin Byrne of Carrowkeel Tours: Talks on archaeology/mythology/astronomy, along with a workshop based on Loughcrew artwork
Please Note: this event is taking place all day. Entry at Loughcrew Coffee Shop. 


8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt
10:00am  Treasa Kerrigan Sacred Sites Guided Loughcrew Meditation in Fincourt Coffee Shop
11:00am Sinead Whyte Healing Sounds, ‘Tuatha de Danann’ Workshop in Fincourt Coffee Shop
12:00 midday Tom Swinburne Shamanic Drumming Circle,  Fincourt Coffee Shop

2:00pm – 5:00pm ‘See The Light’

Combination of local artists, featuring Julie Coyle (Spiritual Healing), Annette Coffey (Meditation) and Aidan Stafford (Mindfulness), in Caffreys Upstairs

2:00pm Childrens Creative Workshop in Oldcastle Library with Lisa Brady, including a reading of ‘Conan & The Mystical Magical Light of Loughcrew’ by author Tina Halpin
Art Competition Presentations

3:00pm Kyrie Murray, The Bard of Tara, poetry readings in The Kraft Kaffee, Oldcastle

Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle
4:00pm Luke Eastwood Talk on ‘Changing of The Seasons’,
5:00pm Fiona Crowe ‘Observational astronomy in ancient times’

8:00pm The Fincourt: Festival Entertainment
Deirdre Wadding: Story Telling
Tom Swinburne: Shamanic Drumming Circle
10:00pm Musical Entertainment by Gillian Tuite

Sunday 23 March 2014

Equinox Dawn Ceremony at Loughcrew from 6:00am with guest participants and practioners from the areas of Meditation, Shamanism, Druidism and Sound Performers

Loughcrew Gardens & Coffee Shop

8:00am Breakfast in Loughcrew Coffee Shop
10:00am Treasa Kerrigan, Sacred Sites Loughcrew Meditation, in House Showrooms
11:00am Sinead Whyte, ‘Healing Sound’, in House Showrooms
12:00 midday Mary Clark, Wellness Energy Therapy Workshop


8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt
10:00am  Vinnie Woods ‘Empowerment: Discovering The Magic Inside of Us’  in The Fincourt Coffee Shop
10:00am Cairn to Cairn Trek Looped 22k Walk from Oldcastle, linking Patrickstown and Carnbane East, before looping back to Oldcastle; Led by Gerry McDermot Meet at The Fincourt
1:00pm Sacred Path to Loughcrew Walk 8km, Led by Declan Flood. Meet at The Fincourt
2:00pm Change to previous Schedule! Now changed to Back in Time; The Calendar Stone  will go ahead at the same time. 2pm Sunday 23rd Marchwith Bartle D’Arcy, of Directing Tourism will now go to Patrickstown Hill to see the Calendar Stone and also the grave of the Cailleach. Park in viewing point on top of Patrickstown Hill on the Oldcastle Kells road and dress for a 4k forest track walk with stunning views.


Dawn Ceremony Participants: Treasa Kerrigan (Sacred Sites), Luke Eastwood, Deirdre Wadding, Tom Swinburne, Vinne Woods, Sinead Whyte, Aishling Muller, Ani Borg and Fred Walker

Please Note
Events, times and locations may be subject to change, so please check prior to arrival
The Dawn Ceremonies at Loughcrew involve a walk up a steep hillside, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this
Watch out for traffic and parking information and directions

Event Organisers: Oldcastle Tourism Group, part of Oldcastle & District Chamber of Commerce

Tree week events!

Join us as we celebrate National Tree Week from the 2nd-8th of March!

Bartle Darcy, Directing Tourism Walk on Sunday the 2nd of March

Sacred Tree Walk; The Lake of Branches, a free event for National Tree Week, with Heritage Guide Bartle D’Arcy on Sunday 2nd March at Loughcrew Gardens, Oldcastle Co. Meath. Learn about Parkland Trees on this 17th Century estate including the Lime Avenue and ancient Yew Walk and identify the seven Noble Trees of the Wood on the way to Lough Craobh the Sacred Lake hidden from view. Meet at Loughcrew Coffee shop which will be open on the day, suitable for children over 5 accompanied by an adult, includes a 3k walk over grass and paths including some inclines. No dogs or buggies. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

The yew trees in Loughcrew Gardens are said to be some of the oldest trees in Ireland.

8th of March- Event held by Cathleen Brady.

Legends and Lore of Loughcrew Trees.
Talks and Games.
Events held at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 ,3:00.

Suitable for ages 4 – 12 years old
€5 per child

Call/email loughcrew to book place.