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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)

IGS submission on the government's Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage - In its submission to the government’s public consultation for a Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan, the IGS made the following recommendation Read the IGS submission in full online.

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.

Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2019 open for applications - The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen at home and abroad, 1600-1900. Read more.

Open House Dublin returns this October, and once again the City Assembly House is delighted to participate in this annual city-wide festival! We will be open to the public for all three days, and visitors can go on a self-guided tour of this historic building, originally built by the Society of Artists (1765-72) as the first public exhibition gallery in Ireland & Britain. Read more.

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10.10.2019

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 last night. The awards were presented to the winners by IGS Chairman Michael Wall.

WINNER: 3 Henrietta Street, Dublin
Architect: Kelly & Cogan Architects / Client: Ian Lumley / Client & Contractor: Patrick Wigglesworth

Pictured (L-R): Pat Wigglesworth, IGS Chairman Michael Wall, James Kelly and Ian Lumley

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08.10.2019

Open House Dublin at the City Assembly House

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Open House Dublin returns this October, and once again the City Assembly House is delighted to participate in this annual city-wide festival! We will be open to the public for all three days, and visitors can go on a self-guided tour of this historic building, originally built by the Society of Artists (1765-72) as the first public exhibition gallery in Ireland and Britain.

Most recently the City Assembly House received the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Award for Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation.

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07.10.2019

IGS Submission on Development Proposals in Blarney, Co Cork

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Date: 7th October 2019

Re: Application by Hydro Estates Limited for permission for construction of a nursing home, 29 no. detached houses and all ancillary site works. Partial demolition, conservation, refurbishment, alteration and change of use of the remains of the former St. Ann’s Hydropathic Establishment which is a Protected Structure (RPS 00815) on lands at St Ann's Hill, Kilnamucky Tower, Blarney, Co. Cork.

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07.10.2019

James Wyatt's Irish Masterpiece: Castle Coole Study Day

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James Wyatt’s Irish Masterpiece: Castle Coole Study Day

The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with the National Trust, Northern Ireland, is delivering a study day celebrating the rich architectural heritage, decorative interiors and designed landscape of Ireland’s finest eighteenth-century neo-classical house, Castle Coole, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

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18.09.2019

Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2019 open for applications

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Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2019

The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen at home and abroad, 1600-1900. Preference will be given to work based on original documentary research.

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