Saturday 19 January 2019

The castle is all a-flutter!

New butterfly house takes wing at Malahide Castle

John Manning

Butterflies have a beautiful new home at Malahide Castle and Gardens with the official opening of the a brand new Butterfly House at the Fingal County Council launches Butterfly House at the park.

Fingal County Council launched a new Tropical Butterfly House which showcases twenty species of Butterflies and their life cycle in Malahide Castle, recently.

The project commenced over three years ago and is the first Butterfly House in the Republic of Ireland. The Butterfly House is located in the Cambridge Glasshouse which was built to house Lord Milo Talbot's tropical flower collection.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: 'The tropical Butterfly House is a wonderful addition to the Malahide Castle and Gardens. Malahide Castle is a significant historical and cultural site and the Tropical Butterfly House offers an exciting new experience to the 200,000 visitors who come to Malahide Castle annually.'

The addition to the park's facilities follows developments of the site's botanical gardens as well as a Fairy Trail.

Butterflies are particular with their food plants so the plants for the Butterfly House had to be acquired gradually and in many cases, have been sourced through specialist growers and some from the seed of wild plants.

The glasshouse allows visitors to watch caterpillars feed on the plants and grow from larva to fully grown butterflies.

Commenting on the launch, Fingal County Council's Administrative Officer Caroline Power said: 'The launch of the Butterfly House was a great opportunity for Fingal County Council to showcase this new addition to Malahide Castle

'The new Butterfly House complements the Medieval Castle, its courtyard, shopping centre, café and parkland making it a location which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.'

Fingal County Council's Chief Executive Paul Reid said: 'I'm delighted to see such a unique attraction being launched at Malahide Castle. I would like to congratulate the Parks and Operations teams on the development of this innovative project.

'This latest addition to Malahide Castle is an example of Fingal County Council's dedication to maintaining and improving the county's regional and local parklands and open spaces.'

The Butterfly House is now open at Malahide Castle for everyone to enjoy as the regional park continues to expand its offering to visitors.

Whether it is a lunch or shopping in Avoca, a tour of the castle itself or just a gentle saunter around the castle's magnificent grounds, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this Fingal gem.

Fingal Independent