Sigginstown Castle

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Upcoming Events at Sigginstown Castle - join us!

WB Yeats in Story & Song

Three performances!  All on Sundays at 8 p.m.

July 10: Tacumshane Old School, 

August 20 Sigginstown Castle, 

September 10 St. Iberius Church, 

Join us for an evening of story and song inspired by William Butler Yeats!

Anna Skrine of nearby Butlerstown Castle in Tomhaggard  has composed music to WB Yeats poems, and we will sing and play with her. Denise Leahy will narrate his story in the person of Maud Gonne, a longtime friend and love-interest of Yeats. We perform in costume of the period, and you will learn alot about this famous poet, his life and hear his poems in a new way. 
Event is free with donations encouraged to benefit Tacumshane Old School building renovation and St. Iberius Church.
The program is about an hour and a half in total.

2022 Tour Schedule 

Most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (see exact dates below)

Gates and Grounds open 2-6 p.m.

Tours start at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (about 1 hour long)

Cost: 8 Euros Adult, 6 Euros: Children/Students/Seniors/Groups 6+ people

We only take cash at the castle or you can pay with credit with card on Eventbrite (plus fees)

See schedule below for exact dates:

July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 

August 1, 5-7, 12-21, 26-28 

September 2-4, 9=11, 24-25 (NOT open Sep 16-18, 23)

For larger groups or special request days/times, please contact us!

Heritage Week is August 13-21

In addition to tours every day we will host a Mumming Play Rehearsal (20 Aug), WB Yeats in Story & Song (20 Aug), and perform at Tacumshane Old School for Mumming, Music & Stories (21 August)   See more about our  August Heritage Week Events here

See us on TV!

See our story of Sigginstown Castle with Hugh Wallace, Architect, as narrator and host.

On RTE One (Download the RTE Player or see on website in Ireland). 

Filmed by Animo TV over the last 3 years!

The Great House Revival, Season 3, Episode 6: Sigginstown Castle (Our Renovation Story)

Sun Article about the show

Irish Examiner Article about the show

Summer 2022 Update

We have made a huge amount of progress in the past year, and even in 2022!

The Tower rooms are mostly complete and are painted and furnished - we imagine they might have been like this in the 16th century. We have started official tours in April which continue into September.

The Big House has been roofed, windows and doors, insulation and internal floors. We are working on internal finishes as this will be part of our residence, and also is the means to access to the Tower. Right now the attic and first floor are being completed, with the ground floor to continue work through the year.

The New Build is essentially complete, although we continue to tweak this area. We have been living in this part, basically two open plan floors, for the past three years, and use it to accommodate our guests and volunteers. It is currently packed with furniture waiting to go into the Big House!

Welcome to Sigginstown...

In May of 2016, after many years of dreaming and a few years of looking, we purchased property in County Wexford, near the sunny south-east coast of Ireland.  

Whereas most people would prefer a nice, clean, modern house, we have taken the road less traveled. Our new place has no roof, windows, doors, electricity or plumbing, but it does have parapets, watchtower, arrow-slits, garderobes, portcullis, fireplaces, spiral staircase, vault and a machicolation! 

That's right - we bought a castle. 
If the word castle makes you think of large luxurious palaces, forget that! Instead think ruin and budget!  There are large castles in Ireland, and then there are "tower houses" of various sizes. This is a smaller example of the latter - a primitive structure with an attached house that was intended for defense against whoever was unfriendly at the time. It would have housed a family, probably some animals, and a few servants. There are about two thousand tower-houses in Ireland, in all sorts of conditions - ranging from crumbled to the ground, to restored and in-between.  

We are currently living in the property and plan to use it for community and historical events.  As medieval re-enactors, we have long been attracted to historical buildings and are    excited to see this property have life and energy in it once again. 

Already this journey has taken several years - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, and we have enjoyed having others come along and share in the experience. This website is intended to tell that story and illustrate how one building can be used for many different projects and collaborative learning.

We're on an adventure here: outside our comfort zone and with challenges ahead - we are looking forward to all of it!