Presented in support of Enable Ireland, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Silent Auction 2018 is dedicated to raising money for the new Lavanagh Children’s Centre, which will provide support services to hundreds of children with disabilities, and their families, across the Munster Region.

Here’s how to take part

Simply use the bidding form below. You will be able to track the auction online, with the winning bids being announced at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Gala Opera Dinner at Lismore Castle on Wednesday May 30th. Tickets for dinner, plus the performance of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri cost from €135.00.

Please note: Bids are binding, and the winning bid in each lot is final. No cash alternatives are available. Lots are as described and dates need to be agreed individually with the donors of the lots. Best of luck, and happy bidding!

Lot 1
Sunday Picnic Lunch on a Sailing Boat


Cruise the coastline of West Cork and take in the beautiful sights and surroundings; anchoring for a champagne lunch on the water for 6 people.

Valid in September 2018

(Depart after 11:00. Return by 18:00)
Kindly Donated By: Conor Doyle

Latest bid – €1,400.00
Next bid minimum €1,500.00
Date last bid: 17-05-2018

Latest bid – €1,000.00
Next bid minimum €1,100.00
Date last bid: 18-05-2018

Lot 2
An Evening in a Grand Tier Box at the Royal Albert Hall, London


A wonderful evening for 10 people at the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms for a performance of your choice (subject to availability and excluding the last night)

Valid 13 July – 7 September 2018

Kindly Donated By: Brian Kingham

Lot 3
5 Day Weekend for 7 at The Riad, Marrakech


A long weekend in a stunning Riad in Marrakech; situated in the heart of the
Mellah, one of the oldest districts of the Medina of Marrakech.

This Riad offers 4 beautiful en-suite bedrooms. The Riad is a haven of serenity with a plunge pool in the centre of a magnificent traditional courtyard and a roof top terrace offering unobstructed views of the surrounding area.

A professional and discreet team will be at your service to ensure you have the most
wonderful stay. B&B plus one extra meal a day with selected wines included. Massages, guided sight-seeing is available upon request.

Dates to be agreed with the owners

Kindly Donated By: Mr & Mrs Michael Lindley

Latest bid – €2,500.00
Next bid minimum €2,700.00
Date last bid: 19-05-2018

Latest bid – €1,200.00
Next bid minimum €1,300.00
Date last bid: 17-05-2018

Lot 4
Race Sailing for 2


An amazing opportunity for 2 people to take part in one of the following:

  • The Irish Cruiser Racing Championships in Galway spending 4-5 hours on the water, taking place on one of the following dates 15 – 18 August 2018
  • Test your nerve racing on a Wednesday evening in September, spending 2 hours on the water
  • Spending 4-5 hours on the water racing from Crosshaven in October

Dates as above

Kindly Donated By: Conor Doyle

Lot 5
A Spectacular Corporate Off-Site Experience at a Romantic Gothic Revival Castle


The Castle on the banks of the Blackwater River is the perfect setting to treat your colleagues or clients to an off-site experience not to be forgotten. To include a candle-lit dinner by a renowned chef, B&B in beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms for up to nine couples plus a delicious healthy lunch. All food and selected wines included.
The professional and discreet team can help you plan every aspect of your one night stay from private yoga, tennis to boating and fishing on the Blackwater River. including sundowners on the Oyster Motor Yacht.

Dates to be agreed with the owners

Kindly Donated By: Mr & Mrs Michael Alen-Buckley

Latest bid – €8,000.00
Next bid minimum €8,500.00
Date last bid: 22-05-2018

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Minimum bid increment is €50.00 up to €1,000.00
€100.00 up to €2000.00
€200.00 up to €3000.00
And €500.00 thereafter