The 2017 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Kristina Decker for her study on Women and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Case of Mary Delany. The award was presented by Professor Kathleen James Chakraborty, representing the Desmond Guinness Scholarship committee. The award was presented to Ms. Decker on Saturday 9th December, at our annual members' Christmas Party, held at Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.
Last Thursday night, the 7th of December, the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society opened the Christmas season with a fundraising Christmas party. The event was held in The Georgian House, No. 2 Pery Square, in Limerick. This historic house was built between 1835 and 1838 by Pery Tontine Company, forming part of a terrace known collectively as the Tontine Building. It was the last Georgian terrace built in Limerick. The building was restored by Limerick Civic Trust, with the support of the Irish Georgian Society and opened in 1999. We were delighted to give our guests an opportunity to enjoy an evening in the magnificent first floor rooms of the house and we thank Limerick City and County Council for use the venue.
Party-goers arrived in the early evening, and mingled over Christmas drinks and mince pies, before being treated to a really spectacular performance by Limerick's premier tenor, Derek Moloney [http://www.derekmoloney.com/].
miles to the east of Drogheda, Beaulieu is a rare and important surviving
example of an unfortified house in pre-Georgian Ireland. The house was built in
a Dutch classical style and is picturesquely situated looking down over
terraced lawns and out across the Boyne river estuary. Lying close by is one of
Ireland’s finest walled gardens at the entrance to which is a small pavilion that
was first illustrated in a view of Beaulieu by Edward Radclyffe in 1844. This
shows only an east facing portico with Doric columns and a slate roof and
provides no evidence of what may have stood behind it. The structure was
subsequently much altered with changes to the portico itself and the
construction in the Edwardian period of a south-facing glasshouse. Inside this there
is a large, full-height grotto that surrounds an artificial well with rustic
stonework characteristic of classical grottoes.
Irish Georgian Society members will be interested to know that Pat Murray, well-known member of the society’s events committee, is now making his custom-designed and hand-made 18th century-style door furniture and other decorative items available for sale. Fine 18th century houses were distinguished by refined items that included brass escutcheons, ornate locks and classical picture frames and pedestals and it is these timeless items, so beautiful and exceedingly rare and hard to find, that are essential to complete a Georgian interior. Pat Murray will now offer for sale his William Kent/Palladian-style frames, 18th century-style Irish hall door locks and other decorative items – current stock is for sale and commissions are welcome.
The Irish Georgian Society bookshop is stocked all year round with an eclectic selection of books, prints, photographs, maps and IGS publications to peruse. For Christmas we have plenty of stocking fillers instore including candles, coasters, books, notebooks, models, field guides and student membership. You can shop online too!
Give a gift of IGS gift vouchers or IGS gift membership!
Take a detour from the bustle of Grafton Street and find us in the City Assembly House on nearby South William Street (Google map)!
This Christmas, why not give someone the gift of Irish Georgian Society membership?
Your gift will not only provide someone with a year’s full calendar of events to enjoy, but will provide a unique way to support the Irish Georgian Society.