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  • Northside East

A new experience in Donabate

Saturday, 27th April, 2019 4:00pm
A new experience in Donabate

Anthony Cooney, CEO Fingal Chamber of Commerce; John O’Donoghue, General Manager, Newbridge House & Farm and Malahide Castle (Shannon Heritage); Niall O’Callaghan, MD Shannon Heritage; Ryan Tubridy - RTE 2FM; Mary Godwin, Senior Executive Officer Economic, Enterprise & Tourism Development; David Sto

A new experience in Donabate

Anthony Cooney, CEO Fingal Chamber of Commerce; John O’Donoghue, General Manager, Newbridge House & Farm and Malahide Castle (Shannon Heritage); Niall O’Callaghan, MD Shannon Heritage; Ryan Tubridy - RTE 2FM; Mary Godwin, Senior Executive Officer Economic, Enterprise & Tourism Development; David Sto

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A NEW immersive ‘House and Farm’ experience has been launched at one of the Northside’s top amenities.  

It signifies a new era for Newbridge House, the stately home, located in Donabate. 

Now under the management of Shannon Group’s tourism attraction and experience company Shannon Heritage, in partnership with Fingal County Council, it is expected to become a firm favourite for local and international tourists alike.

To celebrate the occasion Ryan Tubridy delivered a live broadcast of his RTE Radio show from the house in front of a lively crowd on the stunning 365-acre estate.

Open all year round, visitors to Newbridge House and Farm can enjoy a new immersive experience with the introduction of state of the art interpretation across the estate, bringing its unique upstairs-downstairs living story to life. That’s not to mention the 30-acre on-site traditional working farm with a vast array of distinctive animals for all ages to enjoy.

Newbridge house dates back to 1747 when it was built for the then-Archbishop of Dublin, Charles Cobbe. 

Visitors can learn about its illustrious history as a tour guide takes them on a journey through three centuries of Irish history. The Red Drawing Room is one of the most well preserved historic rooms in the country, where little has changed since 1828 and the wallpaper and curtains have been hanging since the 1820s. A must see feature of the house is the Museum of Curiosities. Created in 1790 it is a one of the few remaining family museums in Ireland and the UK filled to the brim with antiquities and oddities.

 The house has also been the location for movies including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the Oscar award-winning Barry Lyndon.

Meanwhile, the hugely popular farm in the grounds of the house is one of the few examples of a traditional working farm in Ireland. 

A major aim of the farm is to preserve traditional breeds that are otherwise declining in numbers across the country.

Local children pictured at the launch of the new ‘House and Farm Experience’ at Newbridge House in Donabate. PHOTOS: PAUL SHERWOOD

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