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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.

2016: Our Year in Review


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Another year has flown by, and in 2016 the Irish Georgian Society were thrilled to see conservation projects supported through the Society come to fruition as well as a packed calendar of members events…

In February we hosted an event for new members and volunteers in the octagonal exhibition room of the City Assembly House, it was an opportunity for us to meet our newest and most loyal members, and introduce them to the work of the Irish Georgian Society. In March, IGS member Tom Quick hosted a fundraising cocktail party for the Society at his home in Palm Beach. Our annual Conserving Your Dublin Period House seminar series continued from March to May, with record numbers attending each talk.

At the City Assembly House, we launched a new exhibition Ireland’s Main Street, 1625-1925: An Architectural History, curated by Joseph Lynch and Pat Murray, this exhibition looked back at 300 years of O’Connell Street’s history, featuring reproductions of original interior photographs taken from the 1911 volumes of the (Irish) Georgian Society. The second phase of works on the City Assembly House began in April, as Georgian style windows were installed, replacing the Victorian sash windows. A members’ tour visited the North-West to see ‘The Big House Revisited’, staying overnight at Enniscoe House in Co. Mayo.

In May our Traditional Building Skills exhibition travelled out West – to Portumna Castle in Galway! We welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the site over the course of two days despite the rain and cold! In June, our members beckoned in the summer season with a garden party at Abbey Leix, Co. Laois, hosted by the Society’s president, Sir David Davies. Earlier in the month a group of the Society’s American members visited Ireland to explore Georgian Dublin, Early Palladian Mansions and the Great Houses of Northern Ireland.

In partnership with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, in June a group of students participated in a field trip of Historic Designed Landscapes in Louth and Meath, visiting Barmeath Castle, Co. Meath and Dowth Hall, Co. Louth. An always popular summer excursion with our members, two group of members visited Lambay Island throughout June and July, for a tour of the island and the house remodelled by Sir Edwin Lutyens, between 1910-11.

In July, the 2016 IGS Conservation Grant Scheme recipients were officially announced. View the full list here. Only a few days later, the destruction of Vernon Mount in Co. Cork highlighted the very real threat to Ireland’s built heritage that still exists.

On a more positive note, toward the end of the summer two conservation projects supported by the Society were successfully brought to fruition – the Thomas Jervais window was reinstated in Agher Church, Co. Meath and the coade stone Lion was restored and reinstated at Mote Park, Co. Roscommon.

Throughout the summer, many of our members enjoyed a packed calendar of events! The London Chapter YIGs (Young Irish Georgians) visited Syon House in London for an exclusive guided tour of the house. In Ireland, Pat Murray, IGF Board Member, led a tour of the Mausolea and Follies of County Wicklow, accompanied by a delightful outdoor picnic! In London, Ashleigh Murray became the new Chair of the Society's London Chapter, which was officially announced at the London Chapter's summer party.

collection of IGS miniatures went on public display in the Print Room at Castletown in August, owing to a donation from a generous benefactor of the Society. In September we hosted our annual Benefactor’s and Patron’s event, welcoming guests to a lunch at No. 12 Henrietta Street, to thank them for their ongoing support throughout the year. Also in September, Ireland's Walled Gardens Study Day was hosted at Russborough House, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland.

The Society’s annual US Galas took place in October in New York and Chicago, followed by a dinner in Boston, where a Chapter was recently established this year. All funds raised were in aid of the City Assembly House Capital Campaign.

The restored facade of the City Assembly House was revealed to the public in early November, after a programme of works that involved the cleaning and repointing of the brickwork to the building. Also that month, the Newbridge House Study Day, which examined the history and conservation of Newbridge House's architecture, designed landscape, decorative interiors and collections was well attended. In December, the Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Aisling Durkan for her research project focusing on Provincial Splendour and Mercantile Ambition: The Drogheda town house in the eighteenth century

The City Assembly House hosted a number of art exhibitions and performances throughout 2016. While restoration works have been completed to the façade of the building, the next phase of works will focus on refurbishing the Knight of Glin exhibition room so it will serve as a world class exhibition space, and to install a wheelchair lift and secondary fire exit, to ensure the building is accessible to all.

We are planning to begin the next phase of works on the City Assembly House in 2017. This next phase will cost €1.5million. So far €900,000 has been pledged through the support of Dublin City Council, Jerome L. Greene Foundation and Gilbert & Ildiko Butler Family Foundation.

We are 60% of the way toward reaching our goal of €1.5million! Please consider making a donation to help the Society realise its goal. Watch this short video to learn more about the ongoing restoration of the City Assembly House.

We hope you can join us at an IGS event in 2017!

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Irish Georgian Society 2016 Christmas Party


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This year's annual Christmas Party was held in Marlay House. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the festive atmosphere of the house while the nights proceedings included the presentation of the Desmond Guinness Scholarship Prize awarded to Aisling Durkan for her study on Provincial Splendour and Mercantile Ambition: The Drogheda town house in the eighteenth century. A commendation was also given to Fidelma Mullane on her work on traditional and vernacular crafts  There was a raffle with great prizes, the Irish Georgian Society would like to thank all those who donated and the volunteers who assisted on the night.

Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe with Desmond Guinness Scholarship Recipients Aisling Durken (Winner)  and Fidelma Mullane (Highly Commended)

Adrienne Hume and Glascott Symes

Dr. Aidan O'Boyle, Conor Lynch and Pat Murray



David Lewis Gunning and Conor Lynch

Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe and Fildelma Mullane

Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe and Aisling Durkan

Michael Church, Heritage Building Manager, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Donal O'Brien and Dee McGrath

Geoffrey Tutty, Rosemary Walsh and Louise Mooney

Aoibheann Shannon and Carmel Humphreys

Darina McCarthy and Brian Meyer

Meave and Farannan Tannam & Deirdre and John Dunny


Maureen Beary Ryan   


 Dr. John Maiben Gilmartin


Zoe Coleman and Ruth Griffin  


John and Alexandra Morley

Francis and John Coulter      


Rose Mary Craig, Tom and Rose Marie O'Connor Quinn


  Dermot Scott     


Michael Maughan and Róisin Lambe

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2016 Desmond Guinness Scholarship


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Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe with Desmond Guinness Scholarship Recipients Aisling Durken (Winner)  and Fidelma Mullane (Highly Commended)

The 2016 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Aisling Durkan for her study on Provincial Splendour and Mercantile Ambition: The Drogheda town house in the eighteenth century. A commendation was also given to Fidelma Mullane on her work on traditional and vernacular crafts. The award was presented by Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe, representing the Desmond Guinness Scholarship committee.

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Christmas 2016: IGS gift vouchers


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Priced from €15

Irish Georgian Society gift vouchers are the ideal gift for anyone interested in Irish decorative arts and architecture. 

The proceeds from your purchase will go towards the IGS education programme so purchasing a gift voucher means you are actively supporting our work.

These vouchers can be redeemed on memberships and purchases from the IGS bookshop, instore only.

€100 -  BUY A €100 VOUCHER HERE

You can purchase a voucher of any € value instore at our bookshop at the City Assembly House, 58 South William Street.

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Give the gift of IGS Membership this Christmas….


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This Christmas, why not give someone the gift of Irish Georgian Society membership?

Buy a gift membership and receive a gift yourself - a Duffy Bookbinders Irish Georgian Society notebook.

Your gift will not only provide someone with a year’s full calendar of events to enjoy, but will provide a unique way to support the Irish Georgian Society. The recipient will also receive an event voucher for two lectures in our Winter/Spring 2017 lecture series.

Our lectures for 2017 include Lutyens and Lambay - Lecture with Dr. Matthew Jebb, Thomas Roberts (1748-1777) and His Patrons: A Tour of Georgian Ireland– Lecture with William Laffan, 'From jangling steeples to hill-rimmed houses: The Buildings of South Ulster' – Lecture with Kevin V. Mulligan and Dublin’s music under the Georges – Lecture with Adrian Le Harivel.

Ring the Irish Georgian Society on +353 (0)1 679 8675 to organise your gift.

**This offer is applicable only to Memberships valued at €60 and above. This offer is valid on Gift Memberships purchased up to 19th December 2016.**

Your gift will last a year!                                         

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Christmas 2016 postal dates


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If you are ordering from our online shop and wish for your items to arrive in time for Christmas, please take into consideration An Post's final postal dates for Christmas:*

Republic of Ireland
December 21 - Standard Post Letters & Parcels   
December 21 - Registered Post
December 22 - Express Post 

Northern Ireland    
December 20 - Standard Post Letters & Parcels   
December 20 - Registered Post   
December 21 - Express Post    

Great Britain    
December 19 - Standard Post Letters 
December 19 - Standard Post Parcels      
December 19 - Registered Post   

December 13 - Standard Post Parcels    
December 19 - Standard Post Letters 

December 9 - Standard Post Parcels    
December 12 - Standard Post Letters 

Rest of the World    
December 7 - Standard Post Letters & Parcels   

*Please note: International mail delivery times are estimates and subject to local postal operator delays. 

Illustration: Christmas illustration of the City Assembly House by Silvie Cahill. A pack of five cards is available to purchase from our online shop.

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