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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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Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2019 - The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications to its Conservation Grants Programme 2019. The Irish Georgian Society has a total of €50,000 and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit.

Architectural Conservation Awards 2019: The Irish Georgian Society invites applications for its Architectural Conservation Awards 2019 for Conservation Projects and Original Drawings Awards. Open to Irish architects, building surveyors, contractors, engineers involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland.

Conservation Without Frontiers Summer School, 20-22 June 2019: The highly successful Irish Georgian Society and Ulster Architectural Heritage cross-border summer school returns for its third year on 20-22 June 2019, and is being hosted in Cavan and Fermanagh. Details of how to apply for the student scholarships will be announced on 22 February 2019.

Conserving Your Dublin Period House - 12 February to 26 April: IGS and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their conservation. More info.

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.

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15.02.2019

Save the Date - Conservation Without Frontiers Summer School, 20-22 June 2019

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The highly successful Irish Georgian Society and Ulster Architectural Heritage cross-border summer school returns for its third year on 20-22 June 2019, and is being hosted in Cavan and Fermanagh. Thirty students will receive a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the built heritage of these two counties, and to discuss and engage with conservation professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts through talks, site visits and open discussions.

Details of the students scholarships will be circulated on 22 February 2019.

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13.02.2019

Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2019

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Clockwise from top left: St. Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Myrtle Grove, Youghal, Co Cork, and Bantry House, Bantry, Co. Cork

The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications to its Conservation Grants Programme 2019. The Irish Georgian Society has fundraised a total of €50,000 and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit.

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10.01.2019

Conserving your Dublin Period House: Spring 2019

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The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their conservation. Attendance at the talks will greatly benefit owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwelling to the substantial red-bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares, providing an ‘A to Z’ for their care and conservation.

The talks are recognised as CPD by the CIF Register of Heritage Contractors, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

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21.12.2018

2018: Our Year in Review

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(Photo: Nicola Woods)

2018 was a landmark year for the Irish Georgian Society! The Society celebrated the completion of the restoration of the City Assembly House and the refurbishment of the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room. The City Assembly House has been returned to its original use as an exhibition and performance space, in the heart of Dublin’s historic South Georgian Core.

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17.12.2018

IGS Conservation Grants Programme 2018

The Irish Georgian Society’s grants programme has been supported through the work of its London Chapter whose members organise events throughout the year in aid of Ireland’s built heritage. These grants help owners and guardians of architecturally important historic buildings to fund essential work that may not otherwise be possible.

The total value of grants awarded in 2018 amounts to €46,300.

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12.12.2018

'Making Victorian Dublin' project website goes live

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The quarrymen, stonemasons and craftspeople who cut, carved and constructed Ireland’s splendid Victorian buildings have been long lost to history, overshadowed by the architects and patrons who designed and commissioned them. Today Trinity College Dublin launched a ground-breaking research project which will illuminate the hidden history of one of Dublin’s most iconic Victorian buildings.

For the last two years the ‘Making Victorian Dublin’ project, funded by the Irish Research Council, has dissected and analysed Trinity’s Museum Building — regarded as one of the finest and most influential examples of Victorian architecture. Built in the 1850s, the building has been home to the college’s Departments of Engineering, Geology and Geography for almost 160 years. The building was pioneering in its patriotic use of Irish marble and decorative stone and established a taste for Connemara marble and Cork Red limestone which spread across Ireland to Britain, the United States and even as far as Cape Town in South Africa.

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