Immortalised by the poet W.B. Yeats, childhood home of Countess Markievicz, Lissadell is the crucible of Ireland’s historic, literary & garden heritage. This year we focus on the First Dáil Éireann (1919 – 1921) in which Countess Markievicz served as a Minister. Her portfolio was Labour. In December 1918 Countess Markievicz had become the first woman elected to the Westminster Parliament, but refused to take her seat in Westminster as – having risked her life and liberty for Ireland’s freedom – she believed that Ireland should rule itself, and not be governed by a foreign power. She became a member of the first Dáil in January 1919, and accepted Ministerial portfolio, thus becoming the first woman cabinet minister in a modern Westeern European democracy. Countess Markievicz was a minister on the run, as Ireland did not achieve independence until 1921. She hid her cabinet papers in her piano.
The tea rooms at Lissadell provide lovely home baked food, cooked in our own kitchens; beautiful soups and salads from our own vegetable garden, and delicious golden pastries, tarts, cakes and cheesecakes for all tastes.
Whether you want to take five, a morning coffee or tea, a hearty lunch, Afternoon Tea, or simply relax over a glass of wine in the evening sunshine, Lissadell Tea Rooms is the place for you.