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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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December open hours - Our office will close on Monday 23 December at 1.00pm, and will reopen on Thursday 2 January, resuming normal office hours of 9.30am to 5.00pm. The IGS bookshop will open on Sundays (12.00pm to 6.00pm) for the month of December, and will remain open until 6.00pm on Monday 23 December. You can collect purchases from the bookshop until 23 December.

Castle Coole Study Day - The IGS held a very special study day in Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh on 12 November 2019 which explored the rich architectural heritage, decorative interiors and designed landscape of Ireland’s finest eighteenth-century neo-classical house. Held in partnership with the National Trust, the study day featured a host of leading scholars... Read more.

IGS Conservation and Original Drawing Awards - The winners of the 2019 IGS Conservation and Original Drawing Awards were announced by Livia Hurley in a ceremony at the City Assembly House on 9 October. The awards were presented to the winners by IGS Chairman Michael Wall. Read more.

IGS President's Circle - In 2017 the Constitution of the Society was amended to allow for the formation of a President’s Circle to recognise those who have given esteemed service and/or support to the Society over the years. In 2019 Sir David Davies, IGS President, announced the first six of what can be up to 20 members.
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City Assembly House wins 2019 RIAI Award for Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation - Marking the 30th year of its prestigious architecture awards, RIAI announced 23 Award Winners across 14 categories. The building architects were Consarc Design Group Ltd. Read more.

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Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, Volume XXI: Volume XXI of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, the Journal of the Irish Georgian Society, edited by Dr. Finola O'Kane, is available for purchase from the IGS bookshop, priced at €25.
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Our Updates

11.12.2019

2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Cora McDonagh

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Dr Conor Lucey, Cora McDonagh, Dr Kathryn Milligan, Michael Wall

The 2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Cora McDonagh to support her PhD research on ‘Irish Country House art collections: Exhibitions, Estate Expenditure and Civic Bequests 1814-1914.’. Ms McDonagh is a PhD candidate at Maynooth University.

Dr Kathryn Milligan's study on ‘Exhibiting, viewing and selling art in Dublin, 1845-1849’ was also acknowledged, and she was awarded the Desmond Guinness Prize.

The Scholarship and Prize were presented by Dr Conor Lucey at the IGS Members Christmas Party at 12 Henrietta Street on Saturday 7 December.

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10.12.2019

Alice Davis Hitchcock Award for Dr Conor Lucey

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The Alice Davis Hitchcock award for 2019 has been awarded to Dr Conor Lucey for his book Building Reputations. Architecture and the artisan, 1750–1830, published by Manchester University Press.

Taking a cue from a burgeoning revisionist scholarship devoted to early modern vernacular architectures and their relationship to the classical canon, this book rehabilitates the reputations of a representative if misunderstood historic building typology – the brick terraced house – and the artisan communities of bricklayers, carpenters and plasterers responsible for its design and construction. Opening with a cultural history of the building tradesman in terms of his reception within contemporary architectural discourse, subsequent chapters consider the design, decoration and marketing of the town house in the principal cities of the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Atlantic world. Drawing on extensive primary source material, from property deeds and architectural drawings to trade cards and newspaper advertising, Building Reputations considers the artisan as both a figure of building production and an agent of architectural taste.

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29.11.2019

City Assembly House Christmas Opening Hours

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The Irish Georgian Society offices will close on Monday 23 December at 1.00pm, and will reopen on Thursday 2 January, resuming normal office hours of 9.30am to 5.00pm.

The IGS bookshop will open on Sundays (12.00pm to 6.00pm) for the month of December, and will remain open until 6.00pm on Monday 23 December. You can collect purchases from the bookshop until 23 December.

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