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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.

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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Conserving Your Dublin Period House: Spring 2018


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The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin's period houses and practical advice on their conservation. Attendance at the talks will greatly benefit owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwelling to the substantial red-bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares, providing an 'A to Z' for their care and conservation. 

Talks, which will commence on Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 1pm to 2pm and continue for 12 weeks, will take place in the City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. 

It is possible to attend all, one, or as many of the talks as you wish. The talks are priced at €15, which you may pay for at the door or book in advance for a special reduced price of €125 for all twelve talks. Complementary to the Tuesday talks will be a Saturday morning walking tour, at an additional cost of €15. 

These talks are also beneficial to building professionals and practitioners and are approved for CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Engineers Ireland, the Society of Surveyors of Ireland, the Irish Planning Institute and the Heritage Contractors. 

Conserving your Dublin Period House course - €125

Conserving your Dublin Period House course (with Walking Tour) - €140

For full details download the brochure

The Conservation Education Programme is supported by Irish Heritage Insurance, Merrion Property Group and Heather and John Picerne. 

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'Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland' - An Exhibition Celebrating The Restoration Of The City Assembly House - Summer 2018


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Click here to watch a video about the Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland exhibition


An Exhibition Celebrating The Restoration Of The City Assembly House  Ireland’s First Public Art Gallery

16th June - 27th July 2018

To mark the restoration of the City Assembly House and to celebrate the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building over 250 years ago, the Irish Georgian Society will host a world-class exhibition in June and July 2018 of eighteenth-century Irish paintings. 

Celebrating the building’s original incarnation as the first purpose-built public gallery in Britain and Ireland, the Exhibition will re-assemble paintings, including those byThomas Roberts, Jonathan Fisher, James Forrester, Robert Carver, Robert Healy and Hugh Douglas Hamilton, in the room in which they were first displayed between 1766 and 1780. What makes this exhibition even more exciting is the intention to hang these paintings in a similar manner as they were first exhibited.

Members will have special access to the exhibition, with guided tours and exclusive events to mark the completion of the City Assembly House. An accompanying publication will offer further occasion to revisit and evaluate these stimulating works; assessing Ireland’s first introduction to exhibition culture and the significant contribution it made to an increasingly self-confident national school of Irish art. This will be one of 2018’s great cultural events in Ireland, and should not be missed. 

Our exhibition events programme will be confirmed later this Spring.

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