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Irish Country House Architecture lecture series

06.10.2020, 18:30 P.M.

The Irish Georgian Society, in association with the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates (CSHIHE), Maynooth University, presents IRISH COUNTRY HOUSE ARCHITECTURE.

The talks will chart the architectural evolution of Ireland’s finest country houses. Over nine consecutive weeks, drawing on new research and insights, academics and authors will provide an overview of the stylistic development of Ireland’s country houses, while explaining who commissioned, designed and built these houses that arguably form the most impressive building typology of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Irish Country House Architecture lectures have been inspired by the late Hon. Desmond Guinness who was a tireless champion of the Irish country house, through the establishment of the Irish Georgian Society, the saving of Castletown house for the nation, and the writing of publications that celebrated these remarkable buildings, such as Irish Houses and Castles (1973) and Great Irish Houses and Castles (1992).


Tuesday 6th October: 17th Century Jacobean Country House (Portumna Castle, Rathfarnham Castle, Jigginstown) by Dr Jane Fenlon, Independent Scholar.

Tuesday 13th October: The Post-Restoration Country House (Beaulieu House, Stackallan, Mount Ievers Court, Eyre Court, Damer House, Doneraile, Kilmacurragh) by Dr Andrew Tierney, Irish Research Council Laureate Project Fellow, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin.

Tuesday 20th October: Early Palladian Country House (Castletown, Castle Hume, Powerscourt, Bellamont Forest, Summerhill) by Dr Melanie Hayes, Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Project Fellow, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin.

Tuesday 27th October: Later Palladian Country House (Richard Castle’s Belvedere, Carton, Powerscourt, Russborough and Davis Ducart’s Kilshannig and Castletown Cox) by Professor Christine Casey, Professor in Architectural History, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin.

Tuesday 3rd November: Neo-Classical Country House (Abbeyleix, Castle Coole, Curraghmore, Westport, Headfort) by Dr Conor Lucey, Assistant Professor in Architectural History, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD.

Tuesday 10th November: Regency Gothic Revival Country House (Slane Castle, Charleville Castle, Birr Castle, Tullynally, Lough Cutra, Knockdrin, Killeen Castle) by Dr Judith Hill, Independent Scholar.

Tuesday 17th November: Regency Classical Italianate County House (Lyons, Mount Stewart, Fota, Lissadell, Barons Court) by Frank Keohane, Independent Scholar.

Tuesday 24th November: Victorian Country House: Tudor-Revival and beyond... (Lough Fea House, Crom Castle, Carrigglas Manor, Killruddery,Castle Leslie) by Dr Myles Campbell, Research & Interpretation Office, National Historic Properties’ Collections, OPW.

Tuesday 1st December: The Irish Country House in the 21st Century: Ruins and restoration (Vernon Mount, Belcamp, Dromdiah, Knockatrina, Doneraile Court, Capard) by Robert O’Byrne, author.

The City Assembly House lectures are now fully booked, but you can book for the pre-recorded online lectures here.

Booking Details

  • The lectures will take place in the Knight of Glin exhibition room at the IGS's City Assembly House over nine consecutive Tuesday evening. The talks will commence at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm. Attendees are asked to be in their seats by 6.15pm. Apologies but no late comers can be admitted after the talks commence.
  • The talks will be delivered in accordance with governmental Covid-19 guidelines. All attendees are requested to wear masks for the duration of the talks. For full details of IGS Covid-19 protocols click here.
  • It is not possible to book for individual CAH talks. Whole course bookings only accepted. No 'walk-ins' admitted. Irish Georgian Society members only eligible to purchase whole course City Assembly House bookings.
  • On account of social distancing requirements the IGS regrets it can only offer a limited number of tickets for the talks in the City Assembly House. However, we are pleased to offer the lectures online through Zoom. Book through Eventbrite for the pre-recorded online lectures. Whole course bookings for the on-line talks are offered at a reduced rate of 80 euro (one lecture free). It is also possible to book for individual on-line Zoom talks at a cost of 10 euro each.


Irish Country House Architecture lectures form part of the IGS's Conservation Education Programme, which is kindly supported by Merrion Properties and Heather and John Picerne.

The Society also wishes to acknowledge the support of IGS London and Ecclesiastical Insurance in sponsoring the Irish Country House Architecture lecture series.

Attendance at the lectures is recognised as formal structured CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.


Image: Russborough House, County Wicklow reproduced courtesy of Stephen Farrell Photography.



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