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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts.

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Open House Dublin at the City Assembly House - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October. There will be free hourly tours of the building and musician Yonit Kosovske will perform free harpsichord recitals over the weekend. More info here.

Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2018 - The Scholarship is awarded annually by IGS to an applicant(s) researching the visual arts of Ireland, including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen at home and abroad, 1600-1900. The closing date for application is Monday 29 October 2018. For more info on how to apply click here.

'Vain Transitory Splendours': The Irish Country House and the Art of John Nankivell, 5 September to 28 October 2018 - An exhibition in the City Assembly House. A selection of the exhibition is available for sale to fund the Irish Georgian Society’s activities in support of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

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Conservation project update: Collon Church, Co. Louth


Friends of Collon Church are delighted to announce an award of €80,000 under the Town & Villages Scheme 2018 administered by Louth Co Council. This will be used to re-slate the outer roof in order to secure the stunning plaster ceiling dating from 1811 and designed by Daniel Augustus Beaufort with help from William Edgeworth (brother of Maria Edgeworth). Many thanks to the London Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society who funded detailed survey work on the roof and ceiling in 2015 and so helped to make this important phase of the work possible.

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Open House Dublin at City Assembly House, October 12 to 14


For Open House Dublin weekend there will be hourly tours of the City Assembly House on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October. We're delighted to welcome back musician Yonit Kosovske to the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room! Kosovske will perform 'Book 1 of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier' in a series of afternoon harpsichord concerts over the weekend.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see our current exhibition Vain Transitory Splendours - The Irish Country House and the art of John Nankivell.

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An event celebrating the life and work of Nicola Gordon Bowe - 20 October 2018

An event celebrating the life and work of Nicola Gordon Bowe will take place at the National Gallery of Ireland on the evening of Saturday 20 October 2018.

A number of Nikki’s friends and colleagues will share memories and reflect on her achievements as an art historian, her inspiring teaching and her always-stimulating companionship.

The event will take place in the Shaw Room (Merrion Square entrance) at 18.00 with talks from 18.30. The talks will be followed with drinks in the National Gallery’s Courtyard space.

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Closure of the City Assembly House


The City Assembly House is closed for a private event on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

IGS office hours are as normal, 9.30am to 5.00pm.

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