As one of Ireland’s premier tourist destinations, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden plays an important role in bringing visitors to Connemara and providing them with a world-class experience. Although the location, the Abbey, Gothic Church, and Walled Garden are all stunning, we have been aware for some time that we needed to bring the quality of the experience for visitors within the Abbey up to the standard expected by all who visit.
With that in mind, we are busy working behind the scenes on a complete reconfiguration of the Abbey visit, which we plan to have completed in spring 2019. We are collaborating with Bright, a team of leading interpretive designers responsible for developing some of Ireland’s most noted attractions in recent years, including the GPO 1916 Witness History Experience, Pearse’s Cottage, Malahide Castle, and Dublin Castle.
The preparation work involves much research, as we bring together the many strands of the Kylemore Castle/Abbey story. Additional rooms on the ground floor, which have never before been open to the public, will now be accessible to facilitate the project. The existing and well-loved rooms, including the drawing room, dining room and community room, will be given a new lease of life, too, while still retaining their original character.
With all this research we think the time is right to start to look to see what the local area could reveal. We would love to know if there are any hidden treasures relating to Kylemore languishing in the bottom of old shoe boxes or at the back of the attic! By treasures we mean anything from old photographs, letters, postcards or items that may have been bought years ago at auctions held following the sale of Bunaboghee House (the home of Mitchell Henry’s daughter). These auction items could include paintings, china, furniture – or if we were really lucky, some of the old photographs that Florence had kept in her possession since she was a child in Kylemore.
We are equally interested in items connected with the Benedictine community who, in 2020, will celebrate 100 years at Kylemore. Do you have photographs or other artefacts from your time as a Kylemore student or employee that you would like to share with us?
If you do not want to part with your treasured item we would be delighted to hear your story and document whatever you have that might fill in even a very small part of our history. As they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so if you have something, no matter how small or large, please do give us a call or drop us an email; we would love to hear from you.
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