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Johnstown Castle in the Media

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens and the ongoing restoration and conservation works were featured in the media recently with a number of features in the Irish Times and Irish Examiner. 

"So Grand so Gorgeous...So Visit", The Irish Examiner, September 1st 2018 - click here to read.

"Restoration Drama at Wexford's Fairy Tale Johnstown Castle", The Irish Times, August 25th 2018 - click here to read.

The works taking place inside Johnstown Castle and the construction of the new visitor centre are wide-ranging and continue apace with opening set for spring 2019. Despite this, the works do not impact the facilities currently open to the public at the Irish Agricultural Museum and Peacock Tearooms along with the Johnstown Castle Gardens.

 

 

 

 


Johnstown Castle Looks to the Future

"Johnstown Castle Looks to the Future" was featured in the Irish Arts Review Magazine in 2017. The piece, written by writer and artist Peter Pearson chronicles the history of the Johnstown Estate and is available to read by clicking here.

 

 


Our Plans

The construction works at Johnstown Castle commenced in April 2018 and when completed we will operate the very special Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum & Grounds for all to enjoy.

 


Our Bat Colony

The IAM Manager, Matt and Harm Deenen (a trained field ecologist) have been conducting regular bat counts and surveys at Johnstown since 2015. In 2016 they carried out weekly counts of the maternal colony of soprano pipistrelle bats which use the first floor roof of the museum (west side). This work has continued this year so they can build up comparative data and monitor the health of the colony.

The bats gather in this roost from March until October although they reckon some individuals may hibernate there in the winter too. The roost reaches its peak in May with the biggest count being 714 individuals recorded on 5 May 2016. They have been told by experts that this is the third largest recorded roost in the country. In June the pups are born and can sometimes be seen on infra-red camera that they have in the roof.

The team have a theory that other species of bat may also use the same roost from time-to-time but in much smaller numbers – they think they have detected a daubenton bat emerging from the roost this year. Counting bats means standing outside the roost at sunset and counting for an hour in ten minute intervals - 20 to 30 mins after sunset is the peak emergence time. They use various specialist bat equipment to aid them. Records of bat counts are submitted to Bat Conservation Ireland, National Biodiversity Centre and are also available on the Irish agricultural museum website.

They also carry out regular patrol surveys around the grounds and have detected brown long-eared bats, common pipistrelle, leisler bats and daubenton bats (water specialists). They have been told that bats have used the castle in the past but they have no evidence to support this being the case at the moment.

Johnstown has the perfect habitat for Irish bats. The team intend to keep recording to build up their knowledge of bats on the site and to continue to monitor the maternal roost so it becomes the best recorded roost in the country and a flagship for bat conservation.