Designed and led by educationalist and art historian Arran Henderson, this unique activity combines traditional Treasure Hunt fun with an extra art-historical twist! Our “treasures” are architectural decoration and decor “hidden in plain site” on the historic buildings of Temple Bar. As you’ll discover, they can be anything from fish; horses, lions; dragons, to swords;… Read More Family & kids’ Treasure Hunt of Temple Bar Saturday 27 May.
Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin, perhaps unsurprising given the often grim history of workhouses, asylums and fever hospitals that cover -and historically define- this area. Accordingly it’s a district many of us barely know. That’s all set to change with huge, city-shaping transformations afoot, massive new infrastructure, new transport… Read More Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.
Discover an amazing world of hidden art history and overlooked decorative detail in this unique double activity, full of fun and fascinating new knowledge. (See the rave reviews on Trip Advisor under our company name Dublin Decoded ) How do our unique Treasure Hunts work? Part 1 is the Treasure Hunt, where we give you… Read More Temple Bar Treasure Hunt for grown- ups, Sat 29th April 2PM
Our tour for Thursday 12 Jan – the second private Dublin Decoded tour evening of the Creating History exhibition at the National Gallery – is now booked out. It’s still possible to visit the exhibition, which is free of charge- at the NGI up to the 15th of January 2017 and a visit is highly… Read More ** Art Tour Jan 12th- now booked out **
We’ve been threatening to do this for nearly three years. We’ve been asked to do it for easily the last 4 or 5 years. Now we’ve finally gone and done it. The great Dublin Decoded tour voucher has arrived. The ultimate fun informal date event voucher. The ultimate gift for the fine arts lover, history/… Read More The great Dublin Decoded tour voucher on sale!
Please note that due to demand our our second and final tour date is now also booked out, sorry! We do however strongly recommend people visit the Creating History exhibition at the NGI which closes January 15th (2017) Admission is free. All details on the NGI website Creating History is a superb exhibition and is the… Read More Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!
Fish and horses, lions and dragons, swords and stars and hidden miniature bicycles. Temple Bar is packed with an extraordinary, often overlooked world of decorative detail. The best way to explore and discover it is to search the objects out yourself, armed with just a list of clues and a map. Oh yes, That’s right:… Read More Family & kids’ events over Christmas & New Year festival
There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon, afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.) The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.
Fish and Horses, Lions and Dragons, Bicycles and Submarine Portholes. Every time you stop and look up and around in Temple Bar, you’ll see an extraordinary world of decorative detail. It’s an area packed with history and details, with incident and story. And the best way to explore it all ? ….through a Treasure Hunt!… Read More the Dublin Decoded Great Temple Bar Treasure Hunt.
Fancy an amble through the leafy area of Dublin 4, from the RDS, over the Dodder at Ballsbridge and onward to the banks of the Grand Canal? In February 1916, myself and the writer and historian Hugh Oram designed a walking route through this area of Dublin 4. The aim was to commemorate the… Read More 1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.
Meeting 2.15PM, outside front door Hugh Lane Gallery, (Dublin Municipal Gal) Parnell Square. Tickets should ideally be booked in advance please: here. Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin. Now that’s all set to change. With huge, city shaping transformations afoot, this is a timely moment to explore, discover and discuss… Read More Hugh Lane to Grangegorman, History & Architecture Walk- 2.15pm Tues 30th Aug.
Recently returned from a trip to Sicily. It was my fist trip back, long overdue, since I first went 21 years ago. I find myself unable to resist posting a few pictures of the beautiful places we saw. Our first 3 days were in the capital Palermo (North coast of the island). I have old… Read More Palermo, Sicily
The piece The Irish in World War One – Forgotten Heroes, was written two years ago, around the time of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, in the summer of 1914. Two years on, I’m still overawed by the the courage of the Irish and others who fought in WWI. However, some… Read More Post-Script, thinking again. (A retraction from a “Revisionist”)
The Rath (fort) of Moines of course. Moines or de Moines being an Norman baron, who built a defensive structure in these parts in the early Anglo-Norman period. His name was gradually corrupted to “Mines” Hence “Rath-mines” or simply Rathmines. Today it’s perhaps the richest and most diverse of all Dublin districts outside the historic… Read More the Rath_ of who?
Looking at Art | the Art of Looking. We’re leading a rare public edition of our legendary How to Read a Painting tour at the National Gallery of Ireland, on Thursday Evening, 14th April. The tour is a private tour, taking place with ethkind permission of the national gallery. It covers and explains ideas that… Read More “How to Read a Painting” our private evening tour at Nat Gallery Ireland, Thurs Eve, 14th April
A vast amount and variety of events take place in Dublin this year to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916. Most historical walking tours naturally focus on the GPO building O’Connell Street and it’s area. As every Irish schoolchild knows, the GPO was occupied by the key battalion of Easter Rebels including Pearse, Clarke and… Read More Easter Rebellion 1916 in Dublin 4 | a Dublin Decoded walking tour
This well-known Georgian tour, originally developed by Dublin Decoded for the Irish Georgian Society, has been adapted for students sitting the Leaving Certificate and is available for school groups. The tour package includes visits to major works by Edward Lovett Pearce, James Gandon, Francis Johnston, and Richard Cassels (also known as Ricard Castle) as well… Read More Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.
The castle at Bentheim: an essay of random thoughts on landscape, history and money, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age. Look at this. Don’t by the way try reading this piece on a phone. Wait until you have access to a proper screen. Then look at this. It’s a detail of a work… Read More Landscape, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age.
Originally posted on Arran Q Henderson:
In the last post we explored how the relics of 5 star internationally renowned saint, St Valentine, (who was, probably, a 3rd century Roman) somehow, – improbably but rather wonderfully ended up by the 19th century in the church of the Carmelite White Friars, right here in Dublin. It’s a…
Look at this bust of the great Roman orator, statesman, and lawyer, Marcus Tullius Cicero. It’s by the Flemish sculptor Peter Scheemakers (1691-1781) who in the 18th century was commissioned by Trinity College to carve the first 14 figures for their collection of marble sculpture busts featuring famous thinkers for the old library of Trinity College.… Read More solving an art historical mystery, in the old Library Trinity College Long Room
Originally posted on Calmgrove:
Agostino Steffani Donna Leon The Jewels of Paradise Arrow Books 2013 (2012) Biographers are akin to stalkers: they remorselessly research the background to their victims, obsessively familiarise themselves with their subjects’ feats and foibles, and lurk around in their vicinity hoping to pick up tidbits of information to feed their fascination. So…
a great piece by an old family friend, the mathematician Peter Lynch, on one of my favourite places in Dublin, which we visit every year, the Edward Worth Library. Enjoy this! “Infinite Riches in a Little Room. Christopher Marlowe. The Edward Worth Library may be unknown to many readers. Housed in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin,… Read More The Edward Worth Library: a Treasure Trove of Maths
Originally posted on Broadsides:
Please note these are lecture notes designed for an illustrated lecture. Not all the images used in the lecture are included in the notes and therefore the prose may appear a bit clunky at times. The notes are probably more useful for delivery of the lecture than a straightforward read! In the early months of…