Here at Charleville Castle, we embrace culture and really enjoy having an international pool of friends where we can celebrate each others cultures and learn from each other.
If you are considering coming to volunteer in Charleville Castle and you are coming from a country outside the EU, there may be some Visa requirements.
Please take the time to look below to see what might be required.
Visa requirements for entering Ireland
People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State, whether by air, sea or land. An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled. This means that you will still be subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the State even if you have a visa. You may also need to register with the immigration authorities.
People from a small number of countries also need a transit visa when arriving in Ireland on their way to another country - see below. A transit visa does not permit you to leave the port or airport.
Visa Waiver Programme: A new holiday and other short-stay Visa Waiver Programme (pdf) has been set up for 16 countries whose nationals currently require a visa to visit Ireland. This Programme which started on 1 July 2011 allows nationals of countries such as India, China and the Russian Federation, who have a short-term UK visa to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. The Programme will end on 31 October 2016 and, since 1 November 2012, nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina are included in the scheme.
Do I need an entry visa?
You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below (includes EEA member states). The members of the EEA are the 27 countries of the European Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
Countries whose citizens are not required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa
If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed above, you will need a visa when you travel to Ireland. See “How to apply” below for more information.
If you are coming to Ireland from another EU country as a dependant of an EU national, and you are not a citizen of the EEA or of one of the countries listed above, you will need a visa when you first travel to Ireland. If you plan to stay for more than 3 months, you should register with the immigration authorities and apply for a residence card. If you receive a residence card, you will not need a re-entry visa for travel into Ireland in future.
Who else can land in Ireland without a visa?
You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if:
You hold a valid travel document issued by one of the following countries in accordance with Article 28 of the Geneva Convention: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, or Switzerland.
You are a family member of an EU citizen and you hold a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in article 10 of Directive 2004/38/EC (pdf).
Do I need a transit visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need a valid Irish transit visa when landing in the State:
Countries that require an Irish transit visa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Do I need a re-entry visa?
The first visa issued to you is valid for a single entry to the State. If you wish to leave the State for a short period of time you must apply for a re-entry visa. This includes travel to Northern Ireland when you will need a re-entry visa to re-enter the State. Before you can get a re-entry visa you must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
If you apply for a single-journey visa, this will only be valid for one entry to the State within 90 days from the date of issue. If you apply for a multi-entry visa it will be valid from the date of issue until the expiry date on your GNIB card, or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earliest. This will allow you to leave and re-enter the State any number of times while your visa is valid.
The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
There may also be communications charges in some cases. Information about these charges, and on the fee in your local currency, is available from your local Irish embassy or consulate.
Who does not pay the fee?
Some applicants are not required to pay a fee. This includes visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals) provided that proof of the relationship is provided with the application. In addition, applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. As this changes from time to time, you should check with your local Irish embassy or consulate, or with the Visa Office - see 'Where to apply'.
Department of Justice and Equality Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service 13-14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2 Ireland
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There is a special reason why this great masterpiece was hung in Charleville castle for 200 years. This reason remains lost to us. We found the trail that leads to that secret explanation but have not so far found incontestable proof. The masterpiece of King Henry the 8th at the baptism of the future Queen Elizabeth the 1st is one that can not be forgotten.
As the years passed by, the castle was unfortunately subjected to various acts of vandalism and Charleville Castle slowly became a derelict castle. But as luck would have it, when the year 1970 came around, a gentleman by the name of Graham Gordon found his way into castle and upon entering, came across the masterpiece of King Henry the 8th.
Already feeling sypmathy for the condition of the castle, Gordon was determined to save the painting, and after correspondence with the castle's current owner, he was granted permisson to remove the painting.
Gordon had his own views from when he first came across the painting, and we at Charleville Castle have been fortunate enough to have direct quotes of Gordon describing the painting:
David Hicks the author of a book that is being published by Collins Press in September 2012 and features Charleville Forest Castle visited the castle in October 2011 and spoke to Dudley Stewart and shared his research with him about the Boydell painting fully restored at the Beaverbrook Museum in Canada.
Shakespeare's play, KING HENRY VIII, is accepted amongst most scholars as his last play. It is generally thought to be written in 1612 and perhaps partially written by John Fletcher. It was performing at the Globe theatre when the theatre burned down in 1613.
The Peters rendering of Henry VIII, Act V, Scene 4, is the most transforming historical moment of all the Shakespeare's plays. For the actual portrait of Henry, Peters used the Holbein original life portrait of Henry, so the likeness is remarkably accurate..
It represents the last Scene in the last Act of the play. The climax. A towering moment when the infant Elizabeth is recognized and baptized. She is Henry’s daughter and to become the future famous Elizabeth, Queen of England, in that time so well known now as the "Elizabethan Age".
The painting depicts the Archbishop of Canterbury at a hugely important time when Henry VIII was in conflict with Rome over the issues of divorce and was casting away Roman Catholic power from Britain.
Archbishop Cranmer and The Lord Mayor of London are there along with the Duke of Norfolk with his Marshal’s staff, the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk , the Marchioness of Dorset, God Mothers and Aldermen.
It represents more than any other painting of the Boydell Shakespeare the core purpose of Alderman Boydell's mission . . . to establish a School of Historical Painting and advance the art towards maturity.
None of the other Shakespeare plays of the historic Kings of England come close to the monumental changes wrought by Henry VIII. Henry stands alone as that towering monarch widely known and written of through history down until today when the TV series "The Tudors" shines further light and huge interest onto this powerful and demanding King, quite above and beyond the other Henrys or Richards of British history. This Act of this Play is that pivotal moment of British history like no other.
The Peters Henry VIII, Act V, scene 4, is about the largest of all the Boydell Shakespeare paintings.
Its value cannot be judged simply as a 'Peters" painting. It is a unique Boydell Shakespeare painting in the light of its monumental historical relevance.
Gordon's viewpoint on the masterpiece brings such a unique vision, we can only hope it will inspire others to take part in our goal of bringing King Henry the 8th back to Charleville Castle!
Charleville Castle stands in Tullamore, the largest and principal town in Co. Offaly, which lies near the centre of Ireland. At Charleville Castle we do everything we can to be part of the community's life, that is why we are always delighted to open our doors during local events.
We welcome RAHAN Comhaltas Seisiun all throught the summer. Performers offer us evenings of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling within the Gallery of Charleville Castle.
RAHAN Comhaltas Seisiun are held every Tuesday night, from 9pm to 11pm.
If you are interested in volunteering, supporting or finding out more about our activities, please register to volunteer or subscribe to our mailing list.
We always have projects going on at Charleville Castle so if you have some time and would like to help out in the restoration, let us know!