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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster a keen interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. These aims are achieved through its scholarly and conservation education programmes, through its support of conservation projects and planning issues, and vitally, through its members and their activities.

Lecture: Conservation of the O'Brien Column, Co. Clare


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6.00pm, Wednesday 21st March, Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The Follies Trust, in partnership with the Friends of the O'Brien column, and the support of the Irish Georgian Society, has completed the conservation of this memorial column in County Clare. SPAB Fellow and stone mason, Eoin Madigan, was the main contractor and in this lecture he will explain the conservation of the O'Brien column from a craftsman's perspective. This talk is free to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted toward the conservation of the column.

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Ficino Ensemble play the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room, March & April 2018


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7 March 2018, 6.30pm
Beethoven: String Trio in G Major 0p 9 no 1
Mozart: Divertimento K563
Tickets €10, available on the door

18 April, 7.00pm
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 op.132
Thomas Ades: Four Quarters
Ficino Ensemble and Olwen Fouéré present THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD In association with MusicTown
Tickets €20 from

Please note: None of the events listed above is affiliated with the Irish Georgian Society.

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New edition: 'Ballyfin, The Restoration of an Irish House and Demesne'


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A new edition of Ballyfin, The Restoration of an Irish House and Demesne is available exclusively from the IGS bookshop. Priced at €60.

‘Kevin Mulligan’s learned and beautiful account of this magnificent house does justice to the triumphant rescue of Ballyfin. Scholarship and conservation working together like this give us all hope.’ (Edward McParland, Trinity College Dublin) 

Copies of this magisterial account on a great Irish house are available exclusively from the IGS bookshop. We are the only outlet that stocks the book outside of Ballyfin itself! All proceeds from the sale of Ballyfin will support the Irish Georgian Society's upcoming exhibition 'Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland'.

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Buy the book directly from our online shop here.

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Telephone and email disruption


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Due to ongoing maintenance works, we will be without telephone and email access for the next 2-4 hours (8th February). Service will resume mid-afternoon. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Irish Georgian Society Trip to Poland - 24th to 30th May 2018


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Rogalin Palace, Poznan

We are delighted to offer a very unusual itinerary to Poland.  Warsaw was obviously much restored after the war, but in recent years there have major new palace and garden refurbishment projects.  Poznan is lesser known but has a wonderful town centre, and by going there allows us to visit the heartland of Poland. Returning with Ryanair flight from Wroclaw allows a brief visit to another charming Polish town. In between there will be many fine Neoclassical country house with superb parks and arboreta.

Download the itinerary here and a booking form here.

A non-refundable deposit of €250 per person is due by Wednesday 28th February.
Full payment will be required by Monday, 2nd April.

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Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2018


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Clockwise from top left: Maunsell Chapel, Co. Kildare, O'Brien Column, Co. Clare, Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois and St. John's Church, Co. Mayo

The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications to our 2018 Conservation Grants Programme. Now in its fifth year, the grants programme provides financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit. Structures of all periods are eligible but priority will be given to older buildings on the basis of rarity and potential fragility relating to age.

The Irish Georgian Society’s Conservation Grants Programme is supported by Irish Georgian Society London and Irish Georgian Society U.S. Chapters through funds raised from its activities and members’ generous bequests. The programme aims to provide financial assistance for conservation works to structures of significant architectural merit. Over the last four years, the Society has supported over forty significant conservation projects from around the country, that have included works to country houses and castles, thatched cottages and historic townhouses, architectural follies, and churches.

Some projects awarded grants in 2017 include the O’Brien Column (c. 1858), Liscannor, Co. Clare, Stradbally Hall (late 18C), Co. Laois, Town Hall (c.1863), Mountmellick, Co. Laois, St Johns Church, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo and Old Parochial House, Monkstown, Co. Cork

Application forms must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 23rd February 2018 and can be downloaded here. Decisions on the allocation of grants will be made by early May at which time applicants will be informed.

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