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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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The Irish Georgian Society offices will be closed from Wednesday, 23rd December and will reopen on Monday, 4th January.

The Irish Georgian Society Bookshop will also be closed for this period - Any orders made after 23rd December will be processed when we reopen on 11th January 2021. https://shop.igs.ie/blogs/news/christmas-opening-hours-2020

Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Years.

COVID-19 Update for Irish Georgian Society - The City Assembly House reopened on Tuesday 1 December. Staff can be contacted by phone and/or email, some staff will continue to work remotely. Our office hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Please review our COVID-19 Policy for the City Assembly House here.

(Image courtesy of Nicola Woods)

Death of Desmond Guinness, founder of the Irish Georgian Society - We are indebted to his legacy in founding the Society in 1958, together with the late Mariga Guinness. He boldly championed the cause of Ireland's architectural heritage at a time when it faced great challenges through neglect and the threat of demolition from new development. Sign Book of Condolence.

(Portrait of Desmond Guinness by Amelia Stein)

“Saving Graces”- Conserving Ireland’s Architecture (2000-2020), 18 September to 30 October - A exhibition of restoration projects supported by the Irish Georgian Society over the past twenty years through its Chapters in the United States and in London. More information.

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)

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.

Our Updates

08.01.2021

2020 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Priscilla Sonnier


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The 2020 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Priscilla Sonnier to support her PhD research on portraits of elite Irishwomen and how they evolved throughout the eighteenth-century to reflect the ‘patriotic’ sensibilities of the Protestant Ascendancy. Ms Sonnier is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin.

Nele Lüttman's study on 'German Architects in England and Ireland 1700-1750' was also acknowledged, and she was awarded the Desmond Guinness Prize.

The Scholarship and Prize were announced by Dr David Fleming, please click here to watch the announcement.

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08.01.2021

Planning Matters - Flesk Castle, Co. Kerry

The IGS has objected to the proposed development of a house to the front of Flesk Castle, Co. Kerry that would intrude upon its principal view to the west towards the Lakes of Killarney and the mountains beyond. Flesk Castle was built on an elevated site in a Gothic Revival style c. 1820 to the design of its owner, John Coltsmann, with a possible professional input from the Pain brothers. Having stood as a ruin since the 1930s, it is being given a new lease of life through the vision and dedication of its current owners who should be encouraged in their endeavours in every way. Building a new house that would compromise views that are integral to its architectural and historic interest would certainly not be the best means of achieving this. The IGS submission can be read in full by clicking here.

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22.12.2020

IGS Offices Closed for Christmas Break

The Irish Georgian Society offices will be closed from Wednesday, 23rd December and will reopen on Monday, 4th January.

The Irish Georgian Society Bookshop will also be closed for this period - Any orders made after 23rd December will be processed when we reopen on 11th January 2021.

Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Years.

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18.12.2020

A fond farewell to our colleague Zoë

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Zoë Coleman, Emmeline Henderson, Donough Cahill, Róisín Lambe and Olivia Brosnan at Castletown House in June 2018 celebrating the Society's 60th anniversary

After five years working with the IGS, our Programmes and Communications Coordinator Zoë Coleman is starting a new position with Dublin City Council Culture Company in the new year. Throughout her time with the Society she has done a stalwart job in supporting fundraising initiatives, managing events in the City Assembly House, editing the Irish Georgian Society Review, and managing IGS digital communications. She will be hugely missed by all but we wish her very well in her new position and are delighted that she will continue her involvement with the Society through the Young Irish Georgians and City Assembly House Committee. Bon Voyage Zoë!

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17.12.2020

DISASTER ADVICE SEMINAR, Wednesday 9th December 2020

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DISASTER ADVICE SEMINAR

The Irish Georgian Society was delighted to partner with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to deliver the Disaster Advice Seminar, which took place on the morning of Wednesday 9th December 2020. Over 170 people joined the webinar which outlined how to help owners and custodians of an historic property, where possible, to prevent or reduce the risk of disaster striking their property by fire, floods, storms, lightening strikes or vandalism, and to lessen the damage caused should disaster occur.

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17.12.2020

Planning: Blackwater River Valley, Co. Waterford

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Photo illustrating view of proposed windfarm from Headborough House, a nine-bay two-storey over basement house, built c.1830 incorporating an earlier structure of c. 1680.

The IGS has objected to a proposal for 8 wind turbines standing up to 155m meters high on a site in the Drum Hills, overlooking the Blackwater River Valley in west County Waterford. If granted, this proposal would have a considerable detrimental impact on the character and settings of protected structures of Regional and National interest in the Blackwater Valley, would compromise views along designated Scenic Routes, and would also compromise the tourism potential of the area.

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