The Old Parliament, a behind the scenes exploration
The Old Parliament, now Bank of Ireland (BoI), College Green, was the first great Palladian building in Dublin. A massive, high prestige project is by youthful pioneer Edward Lovett Pearce, the man who introduced Palladianism to Ireland. Later, in the 1780 and 90s, stunning extensions followed by James Gandon and Robert Parke. As the old parliament closed in 1801, it was adapted to its present use by Francis Johnston.
Dublin Decoded's tour (led by Arran Henderson) features both “public” areas of the bank and also - by special permission of BoI - areas normally closed to the public, such as the La Touche room and Gandon’s stunning Rotunda (formerly his entrance to the old Irish House of Lords).
Please note, due to security protocols, the name of each attendee must be provided to BoI prior to the tour so advanced booking is advised.
Save the Date: Summer Drinks Garden Party at Abbey Leix House
We are delighted to announce our Summer Drinks Garden Party will be hosted by Sir David Davies, IGS President, at Abbey Leix House, in association with the Birr and Midlands Chapter, on Saturday 25th June.
No bookings accepted at this stage. Further details to follow.
Galway’s Heritage Buildings Show 2016
Last weekend (7-8th May), the Irish Georgian Society held its annual Traditional Building Skills Exhibition & Conservation Seminar in the grounds of Portumna Castle. Over 1,000 people attended the exhibition and our seminars, in the wind, rain and sunshine!
View more photographs of the weekend's activities on www.igs.ie.
Galway's Heritage Buildings Show 2016 was held in partnership with Galway County Council and the Office of Public Works.
UAHS/IGS Student Field Trip: Historic Designed Landscapes in Louth and Meath
Following the success of the inaugural North-South/Cross-Border Summer School based in Armagh and Monaghan in June 2015, the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and Irish Georgian Society propose a follow-up event for students on Saturday, 25th June. Led by the Summer School Director and architectural historian, Kevin V. Mulligan, this one-day event will be based in Counties Louth and Meath and the group will visit:
Barmeath Castle, Co. Louth
Dowth Hall, Co. Meath
Collon Parish Church, Co. Louth
The tour is limited to student participants but, subject to numbers, it may be possible to accommodate members of UAHS/IGS (tickets €36/£30 if available). If you would like to register your interest please email Róisín Lambe.
Saturday, 25th June 2016 Tickets: €15/£12 (Student rate)
The cost of transport has been generously sponsored by Consarc Design Group and refreshments by Orpens Cider. The ticket cost will cover admission to Barmeath and a light lunch at Dowth Hall.
We're appealing to our members to kindly volunteer a few hours of their time on Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th May to help out packaging up our summer Members mailshot. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided!
If you would like to help out please email Roisin with your availability or call the office (01 679 8675).
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