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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.

IGS submission on the government's Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage


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In its submission to the government’s public consultation for a Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage, the IGS made the following recommendations:

  • In order to fulfil the objective to “establish a baseline for heritage resources from which change can be measured”, the following actions are required:
    • Complete the National Landscape Character Map which is an objective of the National Landscape Strategy and the National Planning Framework.
    • Complete and, where necessary, review and update the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and the Survey of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes.
    • Ensure that all relevant authorities with forward planning functions be adequately resourced with qualified conservation professionals.
  • Funding for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme be increased to at least €3.5million p.a. in fulfilling the Plan’s objective to “develop grant schemes for preventive maintenance, sensitive adaptation and disaster recovery from climate impacts, supported by guidance documents”.
  • In responding to the Plan’s recognition of a “need to develop a risk register”, there should be an objective to prepare a national Buildings at Risk Register to provide quantifiable data to assist in formulating policies and planned actions.

Read the IGS submission in full here.

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Advertising in the 2019/20 Irish Georgian Society Review


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The Irish Georgian Society Review is richly illustrated with content on decorative arts, conservation, current affairs and Irish heritage issues. Published annually in October, it is distributed among our 2,500+ members across Ireland, the UK and USA. Taking out an advertisement in the IGS Review is an opportunity to promote your business to an interested target audience.

The Irish Georgian Society Review focuses on specialist topics relating to the work of the Irish Georgian Society, as well as including illustrated articles on architecture and the decorative arts, commissioned from academics and conservation professionals. The magazine is elegantly designed and you can read past issues of the IGS Review online (via this link) to get an idea of content and format.

The IGS Review is made available at various IGS events throughout the year (2019/20), such as our annual seminars, study days and the Dublin Horse Show, and all year round in our bookshop at the City Assembly House on South William Street.

Contact Zoë Coleman ( for more details before Wednesday 31 July 2019.

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City Assembly House wins 2019 RIAI Award for Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation


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Marking the 30th year of its prestigious architecture awards, the RIAI announced 23 Award Winners across 14 categories, including Adaption & Re-Use, Culture or Public Building, International, Learning, Living (Homes), Public Space, Well-Being and Workplace. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects, based in Ireland and overseas, and were completed in 2018.

City Assembly House won an RIAI award in the Adaptation and Re-use: Conservation category. The building architects were Consarc Design Group Ltd.

Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair of the Jury said: “The standard of entries was very high this year. The jury have been visiting the shortlisted projects throughout the country and had a challenging task. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

The Jury for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019 were: Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair; Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO Dublin Port, distinguished guest juror; and Architects Alice Casey, MRIAI; Peter Carroll, MRIAI; Aishling Joyce, MRIAI; Dermot McCabe, MRIAI; Peter McGovern, MRIAI; John O’Mahony, FRIAI; Lenzie O’Sullivan, MRIAI.

Read the full list of winners on the RIAI website.

(Image of CAH: Nicola Woods)

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Cruinniú na nÓg Children’s Workshops at the Kildare Heritage Buildings Show, Castletown, 15-16 June


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Saturday 15 June: 1pm

Pattern & Print: David Skinner, Ireland’s leading traditional wallpaper maker, conservator and historian will teach you how to make traditional hand block wallpaper and use it to cover a note book, which you can take home with you at the end of the workshop. (6 to 12 years)

Saturday 15 June: 3pm

Lime & Learn: Join Edward Byrne of the Traditional Lime Company, use a trowel and hawk and learn about the unique properties of lime and why it is best for old buildings. Enjoy the opportunity to mix lime and wet dash a wall, the traditional way. (12 to 18 years)

Sunday 16 June: 1pm

Gold & Gild: inspired by Castletown’s splendour, the international historic decorative interiors and materials conservation, Ruth Decowell will guide young hands in the decoration of frames. By applying Dutch gold leaf, each child can embellish their own frame to take home. (6 to 12 years).

Sunday 16 June: 3pm

Create & Carve: make your mark in stone with sculptor and mason, Philip Quinn of Stonemad. You will be able to inscribe your initials in stone and bring it away with you at the end of the workshop. (7 to 18 years)

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June Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours


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The Irish Georgian Society offices will close at 5.00pm on Friday 31 May for the June Bank Holiday weekend, and will reopen from 9.30am on Tuesday 4 June.

The IGS bookshop will be open on Saturday 1 June from 10.00am to 6.00pm. It will be closed on Monday 3 June.

(Image: Nicola Woods)

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Vote for the City Assembly House in RIAI Awards!


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The City Assembly House has been shortlisted in the RIAI Architecture Awards 2019!

From 197 entries a shortlist of 48 projects was selected by the Main Jury, Research Jury, Universal Design Jury and Future Award Jury. Also this year 33 Projects were selected for Exhibition by the Main Jury. The Exhibition will be shown during the summer and also will be online, venue and dates tbc You can select your favourite building by voting online, each person only gets one vote so we would really appreciate your vote for the City Assembly House. You can vote by clicking the link below!


(Images: Nicola Woods)

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