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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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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.

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.

Read the history of the building.

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Easter Weekend Opening Hours


The Irish Georgian Society offices will close on Good Friday for the Easter Weekend, and will reopen from 9.30am on Tuesday 23 April.

The IGS bookshop will be open on Good Friday (19 April) and Saturday 20 April from 10.00am to 6.00pm. It will be closed on Monday 22 April.

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Letter to The Irish Times, Monday 15 April 2019: Bord Pleanála’s U-turn on Dublin skyline

Letter to The Irish Times, Monday 15 April 2019

Sir, – An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for the construction of an 88m-high building in the historic heart Dublin could set a precedent to alter a fundamental characteristic of the city: the generally low to medium-rise height of its buildings.

While the introduction of new planning guidelines on building heights clearly has had some influence on the decision, it does not explain how over the course of one year An Bord Pleanála radically changed its views on the impact a high-rise building would have on the city’s architectural heritage. In deciding on a planning application for the site in 2018, it was of the view that such a building would “seriously detract from the setting and character of the Custom House”, would “adversely affect the River Liffey Conservation Area and the O’Connell Street and Environs Architectural Conservation Area”, and have a “significant and detrimental visual impact on views and vistas in the city”.

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John Nankivell’s Irish country house drawings, 2019

The exhibition of John Nankivell’s drawings of the Irish country house was one of the highlights in the calendar of the IGS in 2018. A selection of these drawings is once again on show in the City Assembly House with those pictures hanging in the American Room available for purchase. These drawings can also be previewed below.

Through the 1970s and ‘80s, John Nankivell spent many long summers exploring Ireland and drawing all sorts of buildings but with a particular focus on decaying country houses. The resulting drawings are not just very beautiful works of art in their own right, but also invaluable historical and architectural documents, as he sketched houses which have since disappeared or approached even further a state of ruin. As the co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, Desmond Guinness, wrote many years ago: ‘I have rarely seen such sensitive and accurate architectural drawings’.

This small exhibition of John Nankivell’s works will continue through the spring.

Ballybonelan Castle, Co. Galway (interior view)--€700
Castle Oliver, Co. Limerick--€900
Castlecor, Co. Longford--€1,200
Castlestrange, Co. Roscommon (framed by wall opening)--€1,200
Dalyston, Co. Galway--€700
Dromore Castle, Co, Limerick--€1,200
Dunmore House, Co. Galway--€900
Dunsandle, Co. Galway--€1,200
Gaybrook, Co. Westmeath--€700
Glengarrif, Co.Cork--€700
Killua Castle, Co. Westmeath (ivy clad)--€900
Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon (detail)--€900
Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon (general view)--€1,500
Kinturk, Co. Westmeath--€900
Ledestown House, Co. Westmeath--€700
Mount Plunkett, Co. Roscommon (view #1)--€900
Mount Plunkett, Co. Roscommon (view #2)--€900
Moydrum Castle, Co. Westmeath (entrance front)--€700
Moydrum Castle, Co. Westmeath (interior view)--€900
Rathrobin, Co. Offaly (abstract)--€700
Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon--€900
The Deanery, Ardagh, Co. Longford (side elevation)--€700
Trimlestown Castle, Co. Meath--€450
Tudenham, Co. Westmeath (Victorian villa)--€700
Not Pictured: Waterston, Co. Westmeath (dovecote)--€450

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March Bank Holiday Open Hours


The City Assembly House will be closed for the March Bank Holiday on Monday 18 March, the IGS office will reopen from 9.30am on Tuesday 19 March.

The IGS bookshop will be open on Saturday 16 March from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

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Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2019


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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Architectural Conservation Awards 2019


The Irish Georgian Society invites applications for its Architectural Conservation Awards 2019 for conservation projects and also for its Original Drawings Awards for non-CAD drawings of an historic building or structure. The awards are open to Irish architects or architectural practices, building surveyors, contractors, engineers and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland.

Applications relating to historic buildings of all types, including vernacular, are welcome. Previously shortlisted projects include churches, civic structures, follies and houses both urban and rural. The Irish Georgian Society Architectural Conservation Awards are to encourage excellence in the area of conservation and to celebrate those conservation professionals and practitioners responsible for projects of merit.

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