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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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Traditional Building Skills Register: Our TBS Register was established to ensure that those undertaking conservation work can identify craftspeople and professionals with good conservation expertise. Find accredited architects, skilled craftsmen and contractors based in Ireland on our free online database.

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2019: Our Year in Review: 2019 was another bustling and exciting year for the Society, so as we wind down for the year, we wanted to share our highlights of the year with you, our members and supporters.

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2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Cora McDonagh - The 2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Cora McDonagh to support her PhD research on ‘Irish Country House art collections: Exhibitions, Estate Expenditure and Civic Bequests 1814-1914.’. Ms McDonagh is a PhD candidate at Maynooth University. Find out more.

Castle Coole Study Day - The IGS held a very special study day in Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh on 12 November 2019 which explored the rich architectural heritage, decorative interiors and designed landscape of Ireland’s finest eighteenth-century neo-classical house. Held in partnership with the National Trust, the study day featured a host of leading scholars... Read more.

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 on 9 October. The awards were presented to the winners by IGS Chairman Michael Wall. Read more.

IGS President's Circle - In 2017 the Constitution of the Society was amended to allow for the formation of a President’s Circle to recognise those who have given esteemed service and/or support to the Society over the years. In 2019 Sir David Davies, IGS President, announced the first six of what can be up to 20 members.
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Our Updates

23.01.2020

IGS objects to 21-storey building at Apollo/College House, Dublin

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The IGS has made a submission to An Bord Pleanala raising concerns about the impact of a proposed new twenty-one storey structure (78.95m) in Dublin that would have a detrimental impact on the character, setting and integrity of key buildings and architecturally sensitive locations in the city including Trinity College, the Custom House, and College Green. The submission contends that this proposed development would be contrary to the provisions of the Dublin City Development Plan, the George’s Quay Local Area Plan and Building Height Guidelines for Planning Authorities.

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10.01.2020

​Roscommon road projects threatens historic landscape and protected structure

The IGS has raised significant concerns about the impact of new road proposals by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Roscommon County Council on the surviving parkland landscape of Mote Park demesne (home of the Lion’s Gate archway), and on the setting of mid-18th century Scregg House which received vital grant aid for conservation works from the Society some years ago.

IGS submission on the proposed N61 Ballymurray to Knockcroghery Road Project (Co. Roscommon)

The Irish Georgian Society welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposals for the N61 Ballymurray to Knockcroghery Road Project but has considerable concerns about the heritage impact of route options C and C-3.

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20.12.2019

2019: Our Year in Review

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IGS Membership Events Coordinator Roisin Lambe promoting membership of the Society at the RDS Horse Show in August

2019 was another bustling and exciting year for the Society, so as we wind down for the year, we wanted to share our highlights of the year with you, our members and supporters.

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16.12.2019

IGS submission on Proposed N11/M11 road improvement scheme, Co. Wicklow

Proposed N11/M11 road improvement scheme, Co. Wicklow

Through this submission the Irish Georgian Society notes its serious concerns about the impact of the proposed N11/M11 road improvement scheme on protected structures and historic designed landscapes lying within the designated route corridor options. It also wishes to express its dismay at the apparent lack of any consideration given to the impact of these options on sites and areas that are of regional and national heritage significance.

The Irish Georgian Society is a membership organisation, which encourages and promotes the conservation of distinguished examples of architecture and the allied arts of all periods in Ireland. These aims are achieved through our education programmes, by supporting and undertaking conservation works, publishing original research, planning participation and fundraising. The Society has had a marked and widely acknowledged impact on the conservation of built heritage in the state and has wide experience of the problems associated with the restoration, repair and maintenance of the fabric of historic property.

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11.12.2019

2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Cora McDonagh

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Dr Conor Lucey, Cora McDonagh, Dr Kathryn Milligan, Michael Wall

The 2019 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Cora McDonagh to support her PhD research on ‘Irish Country House art collections: Exhibitions, Estate Expenditure and Civic Bequests 1814-1914.’. Ms McDonagh is a PhD candidate at Maynooth University.

Dr Kathryn Milligan's study on ‘Exhibiting, viewing and selling art in Dublin, 1845-1849’ was also acknowledged, and she was awarded the Desmond Guinness Prize.

The Scholarship and Prize were presented by Dr Conor Lucey at the IGS Members Christmas Party at 12 Henrietta Street on Saturday 7 December.

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