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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.

Limerick Chapter: November Lecture


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The Main Guard, Clonmel: Rediscovery, restoration and the recovery of a town centre

Margaret Quinlan is an architect with a special interest in historic buildings and their conservation. Born and reared in Clonmel, her research into the Main Guard in 1990 led to the rediscovery of the Palatinate courthouse which was subsequently declared a national monument. It was restored by the OPW under her direction and won the 2004 Conservation Award. In 2011, Margaret was awarded the RIAI Triennial Medal for Conservation and Restoration for the project.  

The Palatinate courthouse in Clonmel, now known as the Main Guard, was commissioned by James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormond. Built in 1675, it was radically altered and absorbed into early 19th century urban redevelopment. By the 1980‘s, it was empty and endangered. The lecture is the illustrated story of its rediscovery and restoration in the heart of the old town.

Thursday 10th November, 8.00pm
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel, Georgian Quarter, Limerick
Tickets €5 (students free) 
RIAI Structured CPD - 1 point