Ireland's newest festival kicks off today for a three-day run at Russborough House
, Co Wicklow.
nBwm Jo The group comprised Joseph Leeson, Earl of Milltown, of Russborough House
and Ralph Howard, Viscount Wicklow, of Shelton Abbey, both County Wicklow; Robert Clements Earl of Leitrim, of Killadoon, County Mayo and Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh of Uppark, West Sussex.
Lunch beckons, part of the package that includes the two nights' accommodation, one evening meal and reductions on entrance fees for those who fancy a Sunday jaunt to the Irish National Stud and nearby stately Russborough House
In Wicklow, Russborough House
holds its annual Christmas fair of local arts and crafts this week, before hosting next Saturday'straditional Keep Up The Classics' Christmas concert.
Matthew Hart's The Irish Game uses the story of the thefts of Sir Alfred Belt's Old Master paintings from Russborough House
, Co Wicklow, as a starting point for a discussion of the question why major Old Masters are stolen, when they cannot possibly be resold to a legitimate buyer, and public collections will usually not pay ransoms.
His former allies are believed to have been behind two other robberies of paintings from the same place, Russborough House
, in 2001 and 2002.
The thieves behind September's raid on Russborough House
in Blessington made off with some of our most treasured possessions.
On a blustery day I drove to nearby Blessington where Richard Castle (Cassels), the German architect responsible for many of Ireland's grand Palladian houses, designed Russborough House
. Originally built in 1741 for Joseph Leeson, a Dublin wine merchant (later Lord Milltown), this architectural treasure features a central edifice with a sweeping staircase and curved colonnades connecting two stately wings.
He went on to snatch more than Pounds 30 million worth of fine art from the Beit Collection in Russborough House
, County Wicklow, and soon became a marked man with the Irish police force, an undercover police agent and a local IRA unit on his trail.
Toying with the police and the paramilitaries, Cahill plans his most daring raid - the robbery of pounds 30million of fine art from Russborough House
, County Wicklow.
Creative director Niamh O'Reilly said the festival, which is taking place at Russborough House
, Co Wicklow, from June 28 to 30, has been in the works for four years.