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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

17.10.2016

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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

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Conservation project update: The Mall, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

13.10.2016

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The Irish Landmark Trust was awarded a grant from IGS of €5,000 under the 2015 Conservation Grants Scheme, towards the cost of re-thatching The Mall, an important property located just outside Mitchelstown in County Cork.  The Mall is a good example of the vernacular farm cottage once typical of the South of Ireland but now disappearing.  Once one of three thatched dwellings facing the road now only two remain, with The Mall the only dwelling still to retain its thatched roof.  Originally a two roomed labourers cottage with a loft, it was later extended as the house became linked to a small farm although internally it has altered little since its construction in the early 19th century.
 
The grant awarded by IGS was extremely important as it allowed Irish Landmark the leverage to apply for additional funding from Cork County Council to help with the cost of re-thatching.  Without the IGS grant, it would not have been possible for Irish Landmark to apply to the county council.  When re-thatching began in June, the condition of the existing thatch was found to be so poor that it was unlikely the thatch would have lasted much longer.  It was brittle and mostly rotten with a build-up of layer upon layer of thatch as no stripping back had taken place. Irish Landmark is, therefore, once again extremely grateful to the Irish Georgian Society for their very timely grant award and their continuing support of conservation work.

(Words and images: Caroline Crowley, Irish Landmark Trust)

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IGS statement on Budget 2017 - Living City Initative

12.10.2016

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Encouraging people back to the centre of Irish cities to live in historic buildings’ through a tax relief incentive is a worthy and inspired approach to heritage conservation. The Irish Georgian Society, therefore, strongly supported the Government in the introduction of the Living City Initiative in 2013, and has advocated for the extension of the categories of qualifying buildings. Given this and given the very low numbers of applications made under the Initiative, the Society welcomes proposals in Budget 2017 to broaden its application by including qualifying landlord-owned properties and by removing the size cap on buildings. The Society will continue to advocate for financial incentives to offset concerns about the cost of refurbishing heritage buildings and facilitate people wishing to move into our historic towns and cities.

Images (top to bottom): Patrick St, Limerick; Barrington St, Limerick; Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Read the full Budget 2017 document on www.budget.gov.ie

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Film screening: “The House That Time Forgot”

11.10.2016

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Over the last 18 months, MESH Architects and Curved Street Films have been delighted to produce a documentary on No. 9/9A Aungier Street, "The House That Time Forgot," which was supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Implementation Programme. This has been a long and rewarding effort to capture the story and significance of Dublin's oldest-most-intact house, built in 1664, and it forms an important historic record at this pivotal point in the building's story. No. 9/9A was the recipient of an Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grant in 2014 for the repair of the significant 17th century staircase. 

You are invited to a FREE screening of the final documentary. This screening is being supported by the Department and will premiere this Sunday, 16th October at 12:00pm at the Irish Film Institute, located at 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation's 2016 Open House weekend. 

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Invitation: Marion McKeever exhibition

11.10.2016

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Members are cordially invited to a prewview of recent works by
Marion McKeever
at the City Assembly House, on Wednesday 12th October from 6-8pm

The exhibition will be launched by Fonsie Mealy.
All welcome!
Exhibtiion runs from 12th October to 12th December 2016
 

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October Exhibitions at the City Assembly House

11.10.2016

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We are delighted to host three exhibitions in the City Assembly House this month.


Catherine E Greene (sculpture, mixed media)
13th to 29th October 


Marion McKeever (watercolours)
12th October to 12th December


Jacinta O’Reilly (mixed materials) 
until 29th October
 

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