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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.

Galway’s Heritage Buildings Show 2016


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Last weekend (7-8th May), the Irish Georgian Society held its annual Traditional Building Skills Exhibition & Conservation Seminar in the grounds of Portumna Castle.

Portumna Castle was a one-stop destination for owners in need of accurate, impartial and free advice on caring and repairing their protected structures and heritage buildings. Over 1,000 people attended the exhibition and our seminars, which included a talk aimed at Leaving Certificate students on how to answer the Georgian Architecture question on their art history paper, delivered by Myles McKenna, architectural historian, OPW Guide and 2015 Desmond Guinness Scholarship recipient.

Galway's Heritage Buildings Show 2016 was held in partnership with Galway County Council and the Office of Public Works.

Many thanks to our hardy speakers and exhibitors who braved the wind, rain and the cold and to Merrion Properties and Heather and John Picerne for their support of the IGS Conservation Education Programme.

Ronan Finn, Thatcher

Stephen Quinn, Blacksmith 

Stephen Quinn, Blacksmith hot iron rod

Michael Fernhead, drystone waller of Drywall Association of Ireland

James Grace of Architectural Wood Design

Cathaoirleach Cllr Peter Roche with Brian Murray cabinet maker in the Made in Galway tent

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Peter Roche launching the exhibition

Michele O' Dea, OPW Senior Conservation Architect 

View more photographs from the day on our facebook page.

Many thanks to Pat Browne of Munster Business for the photographs.