Robert O’Byrne aka The Irish Aesthete ‘Irish Country House Gardens’ Talk and Dinner

Robert O'Byrne 'History of Irish Country House Gardens' Talk and Dinner at Ballyvolane House

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating, fun and memorable evening with Robert O’Byrne aka The Irish Aesthete. Robert will give a talk about The History of Irish Country House Gardens which will be followed by dinner in the dining room.

Robert is a writer, TV presenter and lecturer specialising in the fine and decorative arts. He is the author of more than a dozen books, among them Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House and The Last Knight: A Tribute to Desmond FitzGerald, 29th Knight of Glin. Robert also wrote and presented ‘Ireland’s Historic Gardens’, a two-part TV documentary which examines the history of Ireland’s country house gardens over the last 400 years.

The evening will kick-off at 7pm with a complimentary Bertha’s Revenge Rhubarb Martini on arrival, followed by the talk. Guests will then move through to the dining room for a 3-course communal dinner hosted by Robert Justin and Jenny. The gardens here at Ballyvolane House will be stunning at that time of year and please feel free to come early and have a stroll around the gardens beforehand.

There are also several stunning country house gardens in the locality such as Annes Grove, Lismore Castle, Tourin, Cappoquin House, Dromana and Mount Congreve. Why not stay over for the weekend and visit these wonderful gardens?

  • Date: Friday, 30th June 2023
  • Start Time: 7pm cocktails, followed by the talk, then dinner
  • Price: €25.00 cocktail and talk only. €75.00 cocktail, talk and a 3-course dinner (excluding wines)

To book tickets, please phone 025 36349 (office hours) or email

Hope you can join us!

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