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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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Thursday 22 November - A day-long seminar examining the critical role grants play in preserving our architectural heritage. Showcasing best conservation practice achieved and the technical lessons learnt through funding provided by the Irish Georgian Society. Tickets: €60. Book online.

Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland: The Society of Artists's Exhibitions Recreated (video) - To mark the restoration of the City Assembly House and to celebrate the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building over 250 years ago, the Irish Georgian Society hosted an exhibition from 16 June to 29 July 2018 of eighteenth-century Irish paintings. Watch the video.

Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies journal boxes by Duffy’s Bookbinders - Volume XX of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies will be in stock shortly. A new set of 4 journal boxes has been issued to coincide with this milestone. Made by Duffy’s Bookbinders in Dublin, these beautiful boxes are the perfect way to store and display your journals. How to buy.

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.

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Dublin Civic Trust: Parnell Square and Rotunda Hospital Conference - Evaluating the Historic Urban Landscape


Dublin Civic Trust is pleased to announce details of its winter 2018 conference focusing on the history, development and future potential of Parnell Square and the Rotunda Hospital complex. The event takes place in the magnificent 18th-century setting of the little-known Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, located beneath The Gate Theatre.

Sited at the northern end of O’Connell Street, Parnell Square is Dublin’s first Georgian square, developed c.1755-1795 as a series of residential terraces enclosing the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital. The square has its origins in the establishment, in 1749, of the New Pleasure Gardens, the fundraising enterprise of the Rotunda Hospital’s founder Dr Bartholomew Mosse, who attracted aristocratic patronage through annual subscriptions and concert events. The maternity hospital opened in 1757, built to the design of leading architect Richard Castle. This was followed by the construction of the great Rotunda entertaining room in the 1760s and the establishment of the New Assembly Rooms designed by Frederick Trench and Richard Johnston in the 1780s: the latter now forming part of The Gate Theatre. The mansions surrounding the square contain some of the best examples of 18th-century interiors and decorative plasterwork in the city, complemented by modern cultural institutions including the Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane. Within this historic setting, the Rotunda Hospital continues to operate its original function as a leading provider of maternity services, with various plans afoot to expand facilities or move to an alternative site in the longer term.

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IGS London Reform Club Dinner Auction - 27 November

This is an exciting chance for a new innovation at the Reform Club dinner in London on 27 November with the chance to participate in an auction for items you always wanted and now have the chance to have. Some of the lots on offer include: one week’s use of a villa in Majorca with its own small pool, dinner with wine at the Rac Club Pall Mall, with a tour of the club, two nights stay at Salterbridge Gate Lodge, Co. Waterford, 2 nights stay with breakfast at the 5 star Merrion Hotel Dublin, dinner in a central Dublin french restaurant and two nights stay at Kilbrogan House, Bandon, Co. Cork, with breakfast.

Full details of each lot can be downloaded here.

All items for the auction have been donated by members or with help from the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin. Please do join us on 27 November. If you are unable to attend you are welcome to place a commission bid.

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Taken for Granted: Spending to save Ireland’s architectural heritage - Thursday 22 November


The Irish Georgian Society, in association with The Heritage Council, presents a day-long seminar examining the critical role grants play in preserving our architectural heritage. Showcasing best conservation practice achieved and the technical lessons learnt through funding provided by the Irish Georgian Society, The Heritage Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and other governmental and non-governmental grant giving bodies.

Case studies under review include: stained glass window of Agher Church, Co. Meath (Deirdre McDermott & Emma Newman); and the slate roof at Bridge House, Westport, Co. Mayo (Nicolas Prins); lime wig pointing at the City Assembly House, Dublin City (Shane Nolan); plasterwork ceilings at Collen Church, Co. Louth (Frank Keohane); conservation of the thatched vernacular cottage at Lenankeel, Co. Donegal (Duncan McLaren); Coadestone lion at Mote Park, Co. Roscommon (Alasdair Rennie); conservation of timber windows at Myrtle Grove, Youghal, Co. Cork (Lucy O’Connor); O’Brien Column, Liscannor, Co. Clare (Úna Ní Mhearáin); and wrought iron gates at St. John’s Monsterevin, Co. Kildare (Richard McLoughlin).

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'Rugs & Jewels' - Nuala Goodman and Donatella Pellini at the City Assembly House


7 to 20 November 2018
City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

The Irish Georgian Society is delighted to host the exhibition ‘Rugs and Jewels’ Originally shown in Milan where Irish artist Nuala Goodman and Italian designer Donatella Pellini live, Nuala Goodman's seven rugs and Donatella Pellini's seven pieces of jewellery draw inspiration from the 9th century illuminated Celtic manuscript 'The Book of Kells', a world famous Irish historic source. The illustrations in the Book of Kells are timeless; the intense colours and the fantastical creatures twisting around the ornate lettering are startlingly modern. In these rugs and jewellery presented at the Irish Georgian Society, the famous books' illuminated illustrations have been reinterpreted in a contemporary way.

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IGS Submission: Extension and alteration of the existing building at Nos. 3-4 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (a protected structure)

Dublin City Council
Planning Department
Civic Offices
Block 4, Ground Floor
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

26 October 2018

Re: Application by Newydd Ltd for planning permission for the extension and alteration of the existing four storey over basement building at Nos. 3-4 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (a Protected Structure) for use as 6 no. apartments. The proposal also includes repair and refurbishment works and all other ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development.

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Conservation project update: Collon Church, Co. Louth


Friends of Collon Church are delighted to announce an award of €80,000 under the Town & Villages Scheme 2018 administered by Louth Co Council. This will be used to re-slate the outer roof in order to secure the stunning plaster ceiling dating from 1811 and designed by Daniel Augustus Beaufort with help from William Edgeworth (brother of Maria Edgeworth). Many thanks to the London Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society who funded detailed survey work on the roof and ceiling in 2015 and so helped to make this important phase of the work possible.

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