Sigginstown Castle

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2021 Events - Join Us!
Although the world is still uncertain due to the pandemic, we are hosting several live events and workshops ...

2021 Medieval Tile Making Workshops:  

Please come help us make tiles for the tower!

Workshop details on our flyer

Sign up and pay for Tickets on Eventbriite

Workshop Dates (Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm)

July 17,18, 24, 25, 31, August 1,14,15

You will get to make about 10 medieval inlaid tiles using locally dug clay and fill them with white slip. We will be mixing and sieving clay and discussing this wonderful material for natural building.

Workshop is outdoors in our grass field with a tent for cover.

Cost: 60 Euros per person, includes optional tour of tower

Ages: 12+ when accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian

2021 Sea-Faring Music Sessions

Inspired by our funding by Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and  Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, we have been hosting music sessions virtually in 2021 and now get to host some live at the Castle! Join us on these dates for a collection of nautical-themed songs, stories, tunes from around the world if they are inspired by sea, ships, fish, sea-monsters, mermaids, bays, sailors, etc!. Please bring your own chair for sitting outdoors and your own provisions. Tent provided for cover. & COVID restrictions apply Saturdays 7-10 pm: 17 & 31 July, 21 August (along with a special Mumming performance below), 11 September

Heritage Week 2021

The Sigginstown Mummers Return! Heritage Week 2021

Join us on Saturday 21 August from 3-7 pm  to recreate a Mumming Play based on traditional folk play sources. This year we will be adding two themes to our play: the Plague and Sea-Faring, since the mumming will be performed at the start of our Sea-Faring Session. You can choose to participate in one or several ways: create the script, make costumes, act, provide music or just be general support. We always have a great deal f fun in creating and performing this short play (up to 15 minutes) using our combined creativity. We will record our play and post it to  Facebook and YouTube. If restrictions change, we will organize a virtual performance on Zoom (email if this occurs!)

The play will be performed as part of our Sea-Faring Session from 7-10 pm that evening. Bring a chair and your food/beverage as there will be no break for supper. COVID restrictions and safety waiver applies. This will be outdoors in a grass field with tent for cover.

Filming a TV Episode

When we announced  that we had bough a ruined castle, a long time friend asked if we might be interested in doing a TV show - his son was engaged (recently married!) to producer on the show.

We said "Sure - why not? Let's see what happens!"  That was in June of 2016 and  in September of 2017 the episode aired 

We had a great time:  One day of filming in Connecticut, and five days in Ireland! Both crews were fantastic  - hard working, pleasant and fun to be with. Lots of other people helped too!

Find out more about our experience doing the show...

Castle Studies Grant: Dating the Wicker

The Castle Studies Group, and organization based in the UK with a passion for castles, generously provided a small grant in early 2016 to date the wicker in the tower.  This is via a combination of carbon-14 dating and also Bayesian analysis - the method is being trailed by Rory Sherlock for several other Irish Tower houses.  Stafford-McLoughlin Archeology submitted the samples and obtained the license.

The first surprise was that the wicker in the tower was gorse! A very prickly but prevalent bush that was deliberately planted by farmers to act as a field barrier, fuel and also for animal feed. We have since learned it is a useful plant in so many ways (plus it smells like coconut!)

More to come on the results of the dating survey!

Heritage Council Grant: Geophysical Survey

In 2017 we applied for a Heritage Council Grant to perform a geophysical survey.  We were thrilled to get some funding that covered most of the activity!

Joanna Leigh performed the work in June - she surveyed the three surrounding fields with a combination of gradiometer & targeted resistance survey techniques.  A variety of interesting foundations and possible archeological deposits were indicated.  We will use this information to be more precise with renovation footprints and it will also be used to create the next set of archeological testing. 

Community Cleanup Event - November 2016

Our first event was done quietly, with a small notice on Facebook that we would be working at the castle in November if anyone was interested in helping.

Our love of castles was fostered  in Germany when we helped cut weeds, clean up and generally help take care of a small one near our home.  Yard work isn't glamorous but it provides a great deal of satisfaction! Since the weeds come right back - there will be more events in the future!

In addition to Stella, Anthony and Larry who came out to help, Gordon's Dad Embury did yeoman's work cutting vines (and taking photos!)