The Drishane Castle Garden Fete was a traditional bi annual established by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus during their time in Drishane Convent 1909 – 1992. It was staged as a fund raiser for the Missions.
It was always an event held close to people’s hearts, attracting crowds of supporters from near and far. Sadly the tradition died when the Sisters’ time in Drishane came to an end, the last one was staged in May 1990 exactly 20 years ago.
2010 sees the revival of the Garden Fete on Sunday May 30th 1pm – 6pm. It promises to be a day of great festivity and celebration. It co incidentally corresponds with the Polish Celebration of “Children’s Day” further ensuring that it will be a fun filled day for all members of the family. The Committee is delighted to offer an afternoon of quality entertainment for all members of the family while also helping Baby Jacob in his lifetime challenge of blindness. [read more …] “Drishane Garden Fête from the 1930s”
What a truly magical evening at Drishane on Friday, 4th December 2009 when a capacity audience were totally enchanted by not only the very highest quality music including the exquisite singing and harp playing of the renowned Marina Cassidy of Killarney but by the wonderful variety of music from traditional Irish to Polish, from beautiful church choir singing to African Gospel songs, from a most memorable “Sweet Sixteen” sung by Over 60’s Winner – Mary Conway….and so many more harmonious presentations. All in aid, of course, of the Baby Jacob Trust…..and this historic “A Night at the Castle” happening continues with a repeat performance on this Sunday, 6th December at 4.00 p.m.. Do join us now as we attempt to share with you in our selection of pictures the remarkable ambience of the Drishane of a Bygone Age when the hugely dedicated organisers of this unique event arranged the lord and lady of the manor to arrive by horse and carriage, scores of people were dressed in such authentic period dress and the approach avenue was adorned with lighted torches while the church and hall (for the banquet) were spectacularly decorated with candles, greenery and flowers. Jacob’s parents,Wiola and Mariusz, expressed sincere thanks for such an outstanding event and were also presented with a substantial cheque (by Michael & Ewa) collected by a National School in Douglas, Cork in aid of the very praiseworthy trust. The amazing success of the unforgettable event in such a superb setting will certainly stimulate thoughts of many other such events in beautiful Drishane. To all, including the Duggan Family, who made this occasion possible – heartfelt thanks from all who were privileged to have been present …. and the good news is that it had been recorded for posterity …. and also for LTV2 Millstreet….to be shared with thousands of viewers possibly during the Christmas viewing schedule on local television. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie ) … (See below for all the photos)
Killarney soprano and harpist Marina Cassidy has also joined dozens of musicians and singers who will perform at a sell-out benefit concert at Drishane Castle in Millstreet on December 6th for the Baby Jacob Trust.
The Killarney woman became aware of baby Jacob six weeks ago when she sang at the opening of the restored chapel at Drishane Chapel on the invitation of the Duggan family.
“That night, the Duggans were talking about the fund-raising for Baby Jacob and they asked me to be involved in the concert and I’m delighted to be,” Marina said. “There was just an incredible atmosphere in the church that night.
“When I heard about the little baby, I felt I really wanted to be part of it.”…
A few days ago Jacob had his first operation in Germany. It was an emotional experience for us. We were very worried when they were taking him into the operating theatre. I was thinking: he is still so little, how will he take a general anaesthetic?
During the operation, Jacob got his first expanders, which from now on will be stimulating orbital growth. Thanks to a few operations like this one Jacob will be able to receive his ocular prostheses.
When after the operation we were called into the recovery room, I found myself looking at the huge IV catheter inserted into his tiny hand. I was wondering why it is so in this world that children are born sick and …
Spare a thought for baby Jacob Nowak who was born in Millstreet in September with a very rare condition called Anophthalmos which is a congenital absence of one or two eyeballs resulting in severe malformations of the facial skeleton. Early treatment is necessary and there will be fundraising for this to help his family pay for the procedures. At the start of December there will be a concert in the Chapel in Drishane to help little Jakob. There is a superb lineup of performers and those confirmed are : Marina Cassidy – foremost Irish harpist/soprano; Millstreet Church Choir; Music Group “Sceal Eile”; Polish Choir from Cork; Claire O’Leary, fiddle soloist; Louise Bourke, soprano and Niall Moylan, pianist; Siobhan Forde, organist; and the Drishane Gospel Choir. Tickets can be putchased locally. Full concert details are given below :