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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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Our capital campaign has reached its target, thanks to the support of our generous donors. You can make a donation to the Society's Conservation Education Programme, to support our mission.

A longstanding member has donated a collection of Irish miniatures to the IGS which has recently gone on public display in the Print Room at Castletown. Read more.

Watch this video outlining the second phase of development of the City Assembly House.

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.

The Irish Georgian Society's online shop has recently moved to a new online retail platform to make the shopping experience more convenient for our customers! To celebrate the occasion we will be including a surprise gift with all online purchases made throughout the month of August.

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Our Updates


City Assembly House update - October 2017

Having started works on the City Assembly House in April, the project of restoring the building as a cultural venue in the heart of Dublin is coming close to completion. 


A climate control system with necessary insulation is being provided to ensure a stable environment for hosting sensitive art works within the exhibition room.

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City Assembly House Venue Hire - 2018


In 2018, the Irish Georgian Society will reopen the City Assembly House for public events. 

The refurbished octagonal Exhibition Room will be used, primarily for exhibitions, performances and educational events. With a capacity of up to 90 people seated, it will offer a chance for intimate recitals and small scale performances. With the seating removed the gallery becomes a grand and imposing exhibition space.

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IGS Conservation Awards 2017 - Results


The winners of the Irish Georgian Society’s 2017 Architectural Conservation Award and Original Drawings Award were announced by Michael Wall, Chairman of the Irish Georgian Foundation, at a well-attended ceremony presided over by Dr Edward McParland in the Irish Architectural Archive on Thursday 5th October.

The awards were launched in 2009 and are open to Irish architects or architectural practices, building surveyors, contractors, engineers and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Their purpose is 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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​Donaghcomper zoning threatens historic landscape


The Irish Georgian Society has made a submission to Kildare County Council expressing its grave concerns by the contents of a draft Ministerial Direction relating to the zoning pf lands at Donaghcumper, Celbridge, Co. Kidlare.  The submission asserts that that, having regard to the international heritage importance of the Castletown / Donaghcumper / St. Wolstan’s historic designed landscapes and having regard to the planning history of the site at Donaghcumper, zoning of lands at Donaghcumper for town centre use would render the Celbridge Local Area Plan 2017-2023 incapable of implementation and, therefore, in contravention of the duty of the planning authority to secure objectives of the plan under section 15 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, and the core principle of the Development Plans Guidelines for Planning Authorities: that plans should set realistic objectives that can be secured. The Society, therefore, suggests that it is correct to materially alter the zoning of the Donaghcumper lands to a zoning for open space as zoning the Donaghcumper lands for town centre use is not in compliance with guidelines to planning authorities issued by the Minister under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, and is therefore in breach of section 31(1)(c) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended.

Read the full submission here.

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