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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts.

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A longstanding member has donated a collection of Irish miniatures to the IGS which has recently gone on public display in the Print Room at Castletown. Read more.

Watch this video outlining the second phase of development of the City Assembly House.

Built by the Society of Artists in the 1760s and '70s, the City Assembly House has since served as Dublin's City Hall, as the founding home of the Conservatory of Music, and as a museum. Today it is being restored as the new home of the Irish Georgian Society. Read the history of the building.

The Irish Georgian Society's online shop has recently moved to a new online retail platform to make the shopping experience more convenient for our customers! To celebrate the occasion we will be including a surprise gift with all online purchases made throughout the month of August.

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Our Updates


Spring Seminars: Conserving Your Dublin Period House - 2018


The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council are partnering to deliver our annual spring Conserving your Dublin Period House course. This is an A to Z course on the care and conservation of protected structures. Starting at 1pm on Tuesday 13th March and running for twelve consecutive Tuesday lunchtimes in the octagonal room, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, D.2. The talks commence with Jacqui Donnelly, Senior Conservation Architect with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht outlining the policy and legislation in place for protected structures. 

Booking for the course will be open in early February

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2017: Our Year in Review

Another year has flown by at the Irish Georgian Society! We had a busy 12 months with the completion of a number of conservation projects supported by grants from the Society, the announcement of the Conservation Awards, the delivery of a packed Conservation Education Programme, and the transformation of the City Assembly House where works have been on-going since before the summer. 


Maunsell Chapel (c.1820), Tea Lane cemetery, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

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2017 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Kristina Decker


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.

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Limerick Chapter Christmas Party

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 []. 



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Conservation Project Update: Garden Pavilion at Beaulieu House, Co. Louth



Situated some 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.

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