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Ska Nights with The Bionic Rats. Wed, Nov 18, Button Factory Presents: Beauty Sleep. Sat, Nov 14, Malahide Castle and its demesne was eventually inherited by the 7th Baron Talbot and on his death in , passed to his sister, Rose. In , Rose sold the castle to the Irish State, partly to fund inheritance taxes. Many of the contents, notably furnishings, had been sold in advance, leading to considerable public controversy, but private and governmental parties were able to retrieve some.
The castle, along with its subsidiary attractions, was for many years operated as a tourist attraction by Dublin Tourism, working with Fingal County Council , which owns the whole demesne.
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The castle itself can be visited for a fee, on a guided-tour-only basis. In addition, it is possible to hire the famously Gothic Great Hall for private banquets. The castle's best-known rooms are the Oak Room, and the Great Hall, which displays Talbot family history. The Talbot Botanic Gardens , situated behind the castle, comprising several hectares of plants and lawns, a walled garden of 1.
Many plants from the southern hemisphere, notably Chile and Australia, are featured. The gardens showcase the plant collecting passion of the 7th Lord Talbot de Malahide in the mid 20th Century. The demesne is one of few surviving examples of 18th century landscaped parks, and has wide lawns surrounded by a protective belt of trees.
It can be visited freely, with a number of entrances and car parking areas. In addition to woodland walks, and a marked "exercise trail," the park features sports grounds, including a cricket pitch and several football pitches, a 9-hole par-3 golf course, an hole pitch-and-putt course, tennis courts and a boules area. A seasonal road train operates in a loop from the vicinity of the castle to the railway station and back. A Malahide castle and coastal tour bus begins its journeys in Malahide Castle and continues to Howth, with two daily departures.
Two major exhibits were required to move away from the demesne in , as the park was prepared for relaunch under new management. One has since reopened, the other is pending:. It also attracts international fixtures with teams such as Australia, England and Pakistan.
In September using temporary grandstands and hospitality pavilions over 10, spectators were accommodated, a record for the Island of Ireland. The main entrance to the demesne is off the Malahide Road, with access also possible from Malahide village. Dublin Bus route numbers 42, and lie along one side of the park, and Malahide Railway Station is near the castle end of the park. News images provided by Press Association and Photocall Ireland unless otherwise stated. Irish sport images provided by Inpho Photography unless otherwise stated. Wire service provided by Associated Press.
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