Images: The O'Brien column, Lisacannor, Co. Clare (read more) & thatched cottage in Lenankeel, Co. Donegal (read more). Both conservation projects were supported through funding from the Irish Georgian Society and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaelteacht.
Financial Assistance for Architectural Heritage
The Irish Georgian Society has called for significantly increased public support for building conservation projects on the fifth anniversary of its own conservation grants scheme.
To mark this anniversary, the Irish Georgian Society, in association with the Heritage Council, held a conference in November titled Taken for Granted: spending to save Ireland's architectural heritage. This highlighted the excellent conservation work undertaken in recent years by owners, trusts and guardians of traditionally built buildings using grants from the Irish Georgian Society as well as funding from the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and Heritage Council.
The Irish Georgian Society offices will close on Friday 21 December at 2.00pm, and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January, resuming normal office hours of 9.30am to 5.00pm.
The IGS bookshop will open on Sundays for the month of December, and will remain open until 6.00pm on Sunday 23 December.
Our 2018 Christmas card design features an illustration of Conolly's Folly, Castletown, Co. Kildare, by Silvie Cahill, with 'Merry Christmas' seasonal greeting on the front, and a festive wreath on the reverse.
A pack of five cards with red envelopes costs €10.
Dublin Civic Trust is pleased to announce details of its winter 2018 conference focusing on the history, development and future potential of Parnell Square and the Rotunda Hospital complex. The event takes place in the magnificent 18th-century setting of the little-known Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, located beneath The Gate Theatre.
Sited at the northern end of O’Connell Street, Parnell Square is Dublin’s first Georgian square, developed c.1755-1795 as a series of residential terraces enclosing the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital. The square has its origins in the establishment, in 1749, of the New Pleasure Gardens, the fundraising enterprise of the Rotunda Hospital’s founder Dr Bartholomew Mosse, who attracted aristocratic patronage through annual subscriptions and concert events. The maternity hospital opened in 1757, built to the design of leading architect Richard Castle. This was followed by the construction of the great Rotunda entertaining room in the 1760s and the establishment of the New Assembly Rooms designed by Frederick Trench and Richard Johnston in the 1780s: the latter now forming part of The Gate Theatre.
The mansions surrounding the square contain some of the best examples of 18th-century interiors and decorative plasterwork in the city, complemented by modern cultural institutions including the Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane. Within this historic setting, the Rotunda Hospital continues to operate its original function as a leading provider of maternity services, with various plans afoot to expand facilities or move to an alternative site in the longer term.
This is an exciting chance for a new innovation at the Reform Club dinner in London on 27 November with the chance to participate in an auction for items you always wanted and now have the chance to have. Some of the lots on offer include: one week’s use of a townhouse in Majorca with its own small pool, dinner with wine at the Rac Club Pall Mall, with a tour of the club, two nights stay at Salterbridge Gate Lodge, Co. Waterford, 2 nights stay with breakfast at the 5 star Merrion Hotel Dublin, dinner in a central Dublin french restaurant and two nights stay at Kilbrogan House, Bandon, Co. Cork, with breakfast.
Full details of each lot can be downloaded here.
All items for the auction have been donated by members or with help from the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin. Please do join us on 27 November. If you are unable to attend you are welcome to place a commission bid.