Events 2014-15

Follies Trust Events during 2015

Follies Trust visit to Bath and Bristol

5-7 June 2015


Following the very successful visit to Waterford and Wexford in 2014, attended by Jonathan Holt of the Folly Fellowship, the Follies Trust was invited by Jonathan to visit Bath and Bristol in conjunction with the Folly Fellowship.Twenty five people from both organisations, guided by Jonathan, enjoyed a wonderful time visiting some of the marvellous follies in the area, including Beckford’sTower, Sydney gardens, Prior Park, the Black Castle, the Cabot Tower, Tyntesfieldand many more. Memorable and lavish picnics (appropriate to a folly outing) were kindly provided by Lydia Inglis and Demelza Hurley ( both né Wilson) and Joe Shrimpton, and wine and soft drinks by Robin and Annamarie Mathers.


Lecture by Terence Reeves-Smyth

On 28 April the architectural historian Terence Reeves-Smyth gave a highly entertaining and informative lecture at Castlewellan Castle on the Annesley family and their three important properties, Castlewellan Castle, Mount Panther and Donard Lodge. This event also marked the launch of the Follies Trust leaflet on the picturesque Moorish Tower at Castlewellan built by the fifth Earl Annesley in 1884. and the completion of the conservation of the structure by the Follies Trust (more information under Projects)



A Walking Tour St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham

In 17 April 2015 Follies Trust friends and guests were given a conducted walking tour of the wonderful stone structures at St.Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, recently conserved by Howley Hayes conservation architects. Clare Jennings from Howley Hayes and Brian Crowley, Director of the Pearse museum led the tour.

Lecture at the National Liberal Club, London

In February 2015, Primrose Wilson CBE, Chairman of the Follies Trust gave an illustrated lecture to members and friends of the London Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society in the National Liberal Club, London


The Annesley Inheritance: Castlewellan, Mount Panther & Donard Lodge

A Lecture By Terence Reeves-Smyth in Castlewellan Castle, Castlewellan on Tuesday 28th April 2015 At 7.30pm

Castlewellan Futures Heritage Group and the Follies Trust invite you to a lecture by the archaeologist and architectural historian, Terence Reeves-Smyth, who

has spent over two decades researching Ireland’s historic parks and gardens.  In this illustrated lecture he will give an overview of the history of the Annesley family and their three important properties – Castlewellan Castle, Mount Panther & Donard Lodge. The lecture will be held in Castlewellan Castle, the only historic Annesley property still in use.
This event will also mark the completion of a project carried out in 2014 by the Follies Trust to conserve the Moorish Tower with funding from the NIEA NGO Challenge Fund, sponsored by Forest Service, and the launch of an associated leaflet.
Castlewellan Futures Heritage Group and The Follies Trust  are grateful to Andrew Forsen  for allowing them to hold the lecture in the Castle. The cost, which includes tea and coffee, is £5 payable at the door. For catering purposes please advise *protected email* if you plan to attend.



Follies Trust events during 2014

Raymond Blair Lecture

On 13 May Raymond Blair gave a lecture in the Roe Park resort, Limavady, on Henry Barre Beresford. The Follies Trust are raising funds to restore the obelisk erected at Ballyquin in 1840 in his memory. (see Projects) More details here- Beresford Obelisk Leaflet On 16 May the Follies Trust had a day visit to some interesting follies and gate lodges in County Armagh. But first they visited Armagh Observatory and were shown around by Director Mark Bailie- more information here.


Armagh Observatory


Follies Trust Weekend- Waterford and Wexford

Friends of the Follies Trust visited Counties Wexford & Waterford for their annual weekend in June. We were joined by Jonathan Holt of the Folly Fellowship who wrote about it ….. Serendipity in Waterford & Wexford

You can view a slideshow of the weekend here.


Follies Trust and Follies Fellowship

Jonathan Holt from Folly Fellowship and Primrose Wilson from Follies Trust shake hands to celebrate the special relationship established between their two organisations


An evening in the Temple of the Winds

On 4th September members and friends of the Follies Trust enjoyed an evening in the Temple of the Winds at Mount Stewart, one of the most perfect buildings in the care of the National Trust. Architectural historian, Edward McParland, gave a superb talk after a delicious supper was enjoyed by all.

temple of the winds invite


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