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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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Our capital campaign has reached its target, thanks to the support of our generous donors. You can make a donation to the Society's Conservation Education Programme, to support our mission.

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

12.12.2017

2017 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Kristina Decker

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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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11.12.2017

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 [http://www.derekmoloney.com/]. 

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08.12.2017

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

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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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07.12.2017

​Now available – Georgian-style frames, hall door locks and other decorative items, designed and made in Dublin by Pat Murray

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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.

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06.12.2017

IGS Bookshop Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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)!

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