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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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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.

(Image: Nicola Woods)

Conservation Without Frontiers Summer School, 20 to 22 June 2019. Co-organised by the Irish Georgian Society and Ulster Architectural Heritage. The theme of the 2019 Summer School is Survival and Revival: Living Towns and Villages in Cavan and Fermanagh. Download programme & book tickets online. Tickets can be purchased for 1 day or 3 days.

Kildare Heritage Buildings Show at Castletown, 15 & 16 June 2019: IGS, Kildare County Council and OPW, in association with Creative Ireland present an action packed weekend exhibition in the grounds of Castletown House. See over two dozen craftspeople demonstrate key traditional skills. Download the full programme. Free admission.

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 now available for purchase from the IGS bookshop, priced at €25. Buy online.

City Assembly House - a history: 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.

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17.06.2019

Kildare Heritage Buildings Show at Castletown House

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Pictured at the launch of the Kildare Heritage Buildings Show at Castletown House on 15 June: Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer KCC; Emmeline Henderson, IGS Assistant Director & Conservation Manager, IGS; Liam McGree, Acting Director of Services, Kildare County Council; Donough Cahill, IGS Executive Director; Cathaoirleach Suzanne Doyle, Kildare County Council; Peter Black, Architectural Conservation Officer, Kildare County Council; Camilla McAleese, IGS Vice President; OPW Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran; John Cahill, OPW Assistant Principal Architect; Michael Wall, IGS Chairperson; and Jacqui Donnelly, Senior Architect, Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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14.06.2019

IGS submission on the government's Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage

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In its submission to the government’s public consultation for a Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage, the IGS made the following recommendations:

  • In order to fulfil the objective to “establish a baseline for heritage resources from which change can be measured”, the following actions are required:
    • Complete the National Landscape Character Map which is an objective of the National Landscape Strategy and the National Planning Framework.
    • Complete and, where necessary, review and update the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and the Survey of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes.
    • Ensure that all relevant authorities with forward planning functions be adequately resourced with qualified conservation professionals.
  • Funding for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme be increased to at least €3.5million p.a. in fulfilling the Plan’s objective to “develop grant schemes for preventive maintenance, sensitive adaptation and disaster recovery from climate impacts, supported by guidance documents”.
  • In responding to the Plan’s recognition of a “need to develop a risk register”, there should be an objective to prepare a national Buildings at Risk Register to provide quantifiable data to assist in formulating policies and planned actions.

Read the IGS submission in full here.

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13.06.2019

Advertising in the 2019/20 Irish Georgian Society Review

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The Irish Georgian Society Review is richly illustrated with content on decorative arts, conservation, current affairs and Irish heritage issues. Published annually in October, it is distributed among our 2,500+ members across Ireland, the UK and USA. Taking out an advertisement in the IGS Review is an opportunity to promote your business to an interested target audience.

The Irish Georgian Society Review focuses on specialist topics relating to the work of the Irish Georgian Society, as well as including illustrated articles on architecture and the decorative arts, commissioned from academics and conservation professionals. The magazine is elegantly designed and you can read past issues of the IGS Review online (via this link) to get an idea of content and format.

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11.06.2019

City Assembly House wins 2019 RIAI Award for Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation

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Marking the 30th year of its prestigious architecture awards, the RIAI announced 23 Award Winners across 14 categories, including Adaption & Re-Use, Culture or Public Building, International, Learning, Living (Homes), Public Space, Well-Being and Workplace. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects, based in Ireland and overseas, and were completed in 2018.

City Assembly House won an RIAI award in the Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation category. The building architects were Consarc Design Group Ltd.

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30.05.2019

June Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

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The Irish Georgian Society offices will close at 5.00pm on Friday 31 May for the June Bank Holiday weekend, and will reopen from 9.30am on Tuesday 4 June.

The IGS bookshop will be open on Saturday 1 June from 10.00am to 6.00pm. It will be closed on Monday 3 June.

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