Tuesday 18 June 2019

Special screening of Titania's Palace in Gorey Library

Sara Gahan

A special screening of a short film based on Titania's Palace will take place in Gorey Library.

Sometimes called 'the eighth wonder of the world', Titania's Palace was an elaborate doll's house that was on display in Ballynastragh House near Kilanerin for 20 years until 1965 when it was auctioned off and eventually landed in Legoland.

The film was directed by Garrett Keogh and was shot by Terence White at Ballythomas School over two days in July. They then went to Denmark and took some wonderful footage of the Palace in Egeskov Castle where it is now on display.

The screening will take place on Tuesday, January 8, at 7 p.m. All are welcome, but booking is essential. Call the library on 053 94 21481 for more information.

Alice Sheehan, Maureen Bush, Margaret Byrne, Seamus Bolger, William Willoughby and Neil McCormack were among the 300,000 people who saw the Palace when it was open to the public at Ballynastragh and they contribute their memories of it when interviewed in the 15 minute film.

In 1907 when his daughter saw a fairy vanish under a tree, Sir Nevile Wilkinson designed a palace fit for the fairy Queen Titania. Built in Dublin by master cabinet makers Hicks and Sons it took 15 years to complete. It has gold, silver, diamonds, pearls, 100-year-old oak panelling, and 10,000 miniature artefacts. There were real fireplaces, central heating, and electric light in the 'doll's house'.

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