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RUSS­BOR­OUGH House’s his­toric halls will be exquisitel­y decked for the festive sea­son, trans­form­ing the house tour into a Christ­mas­tide treat.

This year the his­toric house in Bless­ing­ton will be decked out in all sorts of Christ­mas fin­ery. Dec­o­ra­tions will add plenty of festive cheer to Russ­bor­ough House and the beau­ti­ful grounds sur­round­ing it. The first dec­o­ra­tions will be put up on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

The Hugh Tin­ney Tour will reach Russ­bor­ough on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11. Tick­ets are on sale now for a mag­i­cal evening of mu­sic, as well as be­ing some of the first to see the big house dec­o­rated for Christ­mas.

By vis­it­ing Russ­bor­ough over the com­ing months, guests can com­bine Christ­mas with cul­ture, his­tory and art all in one out­ing. They will earn about Christ­mas tra­di­tions in the time of the Beits and the Mill­towns; see the metic­u­lous lists kept by Lady Beit from year to year of gifts she gave to the lo­cal chil­dren so as not to give du­pli­cate presents; and dis­cover what might have been served for Christ­mas din­ner in the time of the Mill­towns – such as roast stub­ble goose with boiled turnips.

The din­ing room ta­ble will be set in Sèvres splen­dour and price­less sil­ver while the Main Hall next door is dressed for din­ner by res­i­dent craft­work­ers for the park­land an­i­mals. Guests can also view the new dis­play of the sil­ver col­lected by all three fam­i­lies who resided in the house: the Mill­towns, the Dalys and the Beits. Russ­bor­ough’s shop will be brim­ful of Christ­mas good­ies and the Tea­rooms also has a festive menu in place.

Laura Arm­strong (cen­tre) with Laura Greene, Louise Foster, Bar­bara O’Sullivan and Bev­er­ley Row­lands cel­e­brat­ing Life Arm­strong Phar­macy’s first birth­day and cus­tomer day in Arklow.

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