A festival like ours can’t exist without the help of many volunteers. Volunteers are very much welcomed to make the opera a success. Lismore Opera Festival (LOF) is proud that they can rely on a large number of volunteers.

The preparations for this year’s festival started a couple of months ago. The LOF offers you an unique experience in working together with other volunteers and professionals, making the festival a smooth running operation. It certainly is a special event and once you become a volunteer, you will find it a rewarding experience.


What’s in it for you?

  • A lot of satisfaction, knowing that your help will make this unique event sustainable for years to come.
  • The appreciation of more than 1,000 visitors to the opera and recitals.
  • A festival T-shirt or fleece for you to keep.
  • A volunteer’s event in the week after the festival with drinks and food, where we look back on what has been achieved.
  • Volunteers will get a free ticket for the dress rehearsal on Thursday 1 June.


Volunteers Rights and Responsibilities

It makes sense to publish what we expect from our volunteers and they should know what they can expect from the LOF. We therefore adapted the following paragraphs, which are in use with a lot of Irish organisations working with volunteers.

Volunteers’ rights

  • To know if, and how, they are being selected
  • To be given meaningful work to do
  • To know what is expected from them
  • To be offered appropriate training when needed
  • To sound guidance, feedback and direction
  • To receive supervision and support
  • To know who to go to if there is a problem
  • To make mistakes and learn from them
  • To be made aware of any disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • To be treated fairly and not to experience discrimination
  • To have safe working conditions, including insurance cover
  • To be informed about, and given the opportunity to play an active part in the organisation as a whole
  • To be able to say ‘no’ and to leave without feeling guilty
  • To get something out of the work for themselves
  • To be thanked and to have their voluntary contribution recognised

Volunteers’ responsibilities

  • To respect the values and aims of the organisation
  • To be committed
  • To be reliable and give the organisation sufficient warning if unable to turn up
  • To be punctual
  • To attend essential training and support sessions
  • To undertake the work to a high standard
  • To be honest if there are problems
  • To respect confidentiality
  • To leave when asked and/or when no longer enjoying the volunteering experience

It is Reasonable for an Organisation like the LOF:

  • To look for certain qualities and skills in volunteers
  • To select only volunteers who are suitable for the role
  • To have tasks to be done in the particular way they requested
  • To ask for commitment
  • To ask for reliability
  • To ask for punctuality
  • To deal with disciplinary and grievance matters
  • To ask volunteers to leave if their involvement hinders the organisation achieving its goals
  • To have policies and procedures implemented and adhered to



A runner is involved in all activities before the opera is performed, A runners assists in the broadest sense of the word in building up the different sets. Loading and unloading equipment, assisting in set up marguees, set up bar and catering equipment.Non-technical work, no handling of equipment. The activities start way before the actual performances on Friday 26 May.

Man with a Van

Assists in transportation of all kinds. Activities starts on Friday 26 May and will end on Monday 5 June.

Traffic Controller

A Traffic Controller controls the traffic at the beginning of Castle Avenue and direct cars to public parking places. A Traffic Controller also directs the traffic at the end of the opera when guests leave the venue.


The stewards are active in the gardens of Lismore Castle during the days of the performances. They will check tickets at the entrance, clean up the garden before the opera starts, during and after the interval, provide assistance to people with a handicap, collecting items that can’t be brought in to the opera (glasses and plates) and perform other light tasks.


The cashiers are selling food & drink vouchers and programmmes. Adult volunteers only.


Ushers are setting up the seating area. They direct people to the proper side of the seating area and to their seats. Ushers monitor the seating area before, during and after the opera.

Bar Staff

Serving wine and drinks. Adult volunteers only.