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Who are the Young Irish Georgians?
The Young Irish Georgians (abbreviated and affectionately known as “the YIGs”) are a group of early career professionals and individuals interested in our built heritage who support the mission of the Irish Georgian Society (IGS): to protect, preserve and promote the art and architecture of Ireland.
From the earliest days of the Society when it was re-established by Desmond and Mariga Guinness in 1958, young people have been actively engaged and involved as volunteers with some of Ireland’s most iconic conservation projects (most famously Castletown House in Co. Kildare). Young people have been drawn toward the advocacy work the Society has led in subsequent decades.
Therefore the original YIG group was established in 2007 to organise events to engage younger members of the Society.
There are two groups of Young Irish Georgians in Ireland and London.
Young Irish Georgians (Ireland)
The current YIG working group was revived in 2016 by Zoë Coleman and Róisín Lambe. We organise an annual programme of events in Ireland, with 4 events per calendar year.
The objectives of the Young Irish Georgians are:
- To encourage an appreciation for, and promoting the protection of Ireland's built heritage, with a particular focus on 18th, 19th and early 20th century art and architecture
- To create an atmosphere of intergenerational knowledge sharing, through tours, talks and networking opportunities
- To provide opportunities to meaningfully engage with art and architecture, both public and private, prompting debate and discussion
- To engage young people with the work of the Irish Georgian Society, with the potential to become the next generation of IGS members
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2021/22 YIG Fundraising Project
In 2021, we decided that we would nominate an annual fundraising project for the YIGs to support. The revenue from our events and seasonal social will support this. Our pilot project for 2021/22 will be Termon House, Donegal: a former 18th century land agent's house in Maghery, near Dungloe, located in the heart of the Gaeltacht area. The house is currently managed by the Irish Landmark Trust, and came to our attention through a 2021 IGS Conservation Grants Scheme application.
Termon House was built c. 1770 for the land agent of the local landlord, the Marquess of Conyngham. The property consists of the house and adjoining stone-built dairy and barn set within a 3 acre plot. Much of this site is enclosed by a tall, tapering rubble stone wall built c. 1847 to provide famine relief for the local population affected by the Great Famine. Within these walls are also found the remains of an old lime kiin and a small clachán. The curtilage of Termon House encloses a landscape which has remained almost untouched since the mid 19th century and this with the combination of the famine wall and house, makes it the most historically significant property in the village.
The house was restored by Irish Landmark over twenty years ago but is now suffering from water ingress in a number of locations due to the severe exposure of the building immediately adjacent to the Atlantic shore. A number of important repairs have been carried out over the past two years but there are still a number of urgent priority repairs that are needed to address the impact of the weather over the last twenty years. Having completed work to the roof, most of the cast iron rainwater system and an extensive package of internal repairs, the next priority is to complete the overhaul and repair of the traditional timber sash windows which have been damaged by continued exposure to severe weather experienced on the Atlantic coast. The sash windows require a complete overhaul to include splice repairs, replacement of putty and rotted sills and draught stripping.
The current Young Irish Georgians working group are:
Zoë Coleman has been the Co-Chair of the Young Irish Georgians since 2016, and worked for the Society from 2015 to 2020 as Programmes and Communications Coordinator. She is an alum of the Attingham Summer School, organised by the Attingham Trust, and she currently sits on the City Assembly House and Exhibitions Committee. She received her MLitt from the University of Glasgow and her thesis ‘The representation of Ireland at long nineteenth-century exhibitions’ was subsequently adapted for publication in Irish Architectural And Decorative Studies, Volume XVII (Dublin: Irish Georgian Society, 2015), pp. 136-157.
Róisín Lambe has been Co-Chair of the Young Irish Georgians since 2016 along with Zoë Coleman. She previously served as the Membership and Events Coordinator for the Irish Georgian Society since 2015. Prior to that, she interned with the Society in 2014 and worked as an Administration Officer for the Wheel. She has an Masters Degree in Historic House Studies from Maynooth University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Event Management.
John Geraghty graduated from DIT in 2017 and is a qualified architect. He currently works for the OPW. He joined the YIG’s committee in 2021. He has maintained a strong association with the Irish Georgian Society since interning with them in 2013 while studying architecture in DIT. A place to meet a diverse group of people with a broad range of similar interest, John found the YIGS as a spring board for his passion in Irelands built & cultural heritage. He has taken part in the ‘Conservation without Borders’ IGS/UAHS summer schools in 2015 & 2017. John has an amateur interest in Ireland’s market houses. He is in the process of surveying the market houses of Leinster and Munster. John is a keen sketcher and hobby water colourist.
Timeline of YIG events:
27 February - A tour of The Custom House, with Audrey Farrell, Senior Architect (Conservation) with the Office of Public Works (OPW)
27 April - A visit to 11 Parnell Square, with the Irish Landmark Trust
11 July - "Lost Ireland": Southside Dublin walking tour. Led by photo historian Dr. Orla Fitzpatrick, author of 'Lost Ireland' (Pavilion Books/Rizzoli, 2021)
3 March - Tour of 'Dublin Fragments: The Pearson Collection', City Assembly House. An after hours tour led by exhibition curator and artist Peter Pearson.
1 December - Seasonal Social in Smithfield. Our group visited 81 North King Street, the home and practice of James Kelly, studying the built heritage on North King Street to place the house in context. Our tour was followed by social drinks in Walsh's of Stoneybatter.
17 August - Day trip to historic Limerick city and Newtown Pery. Tours of historic Limerick led by members of the Limerick Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society.
February - An architectural tour of North Great George's Street, with an introduction by architect Merlo Kelly. Residents Desiree Shortt, David Norris and John Mahoud graciously welcomed our group into their homes. Concluding the tour, Denis Byrne of Denis Byrne Architects gave our group a tour of his modern practise.
November - YIG festive historic pubs of Dublin crawl.
27 September - Visit to 18 Ormond Quay, Dublin 7. Led by Graham Hickey of Dublin Civic Trust to visit their ongoing conservation project at 18 Ormond Quay.
22 September - Tour of the Castletown House Archive and historic Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Led by Nicola Kelly, archivist at OPW-Maynooth University Archive & Research Centre, followed by followed by lunch at a Kildrought House in Celbridge hosted by IGS member June Stuart and a tour of Tea Lane Graveyard, a conservation project supported by the Irish Georgian Society in 2017.
3 February - Visit to Newbridge House, Fingal, Co. Dublin. Led by Cathal Dowd Smith, Cobbe Family Archivist and YIG Irish Georgian Society member.
27 September - A visit to Read's of Parliament Street (est 1670), Dublin 2. The YIGs were invited to a behind the scenes tour of Read's to learn about its history and recent restoration programme, followed by a social drink afterwards in nearby The Oak bar.
22 September - Architectural and Lost Fashion History in the Liberties. Led by guide Ruth Griffin, our group visited Tailor's Hall as part of our tour, exploring the history of the Guilds that thrived in the Liberties district from the 17th century onwards.
Young Irish Georgians (IGS London)
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