Creating History – exhibition & a tour Thursday 15th December

Creating History is a superb exhibition and is the National Gallery of Ireland’s principal contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. For reasons of space constraints however, it has a surprisingly short run, having just opened recently on Tuesday 11 October and running only to 15th January .  It’s showing in the Beit Wing Galleries, with… Read More Creating History – exhibition & a tour Thursday 15th December

Family & kids’ events over Christmas & New Year festival

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

South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

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.

the Dublin Decoded Great Temple Bar Treasure Hunt.

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.

1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.

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.

Hugh Lane to Grangegorman, History & Architecture Walk- 2.15pm Tues 30th Aug.

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.

Post-Script, thinking again. (A retraction from a “Revisionist”)

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”)

“How to Read a Painting” our private evening tour at Nat Gallery Ireland, Thurs Eve, 14th April

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

Easter Rebellion 1916 in Dublin 4 | a Dublin Decoded walking tour

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

Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.

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.

Eamon de Valera, a Will to Power by Ronan Fanning.

What are we to make of Eamon de Valera? Incomparably he was the dominant figure of twentieth century Irish politics. Indeed he was the maker of modern Ireland, nation builder par excellence, a figure comparable with Gandhi or Nehru in India or with Washington in the United States. In a newly created state like Ireland,… Read More Eamon de Valera, a Will to Power by Ronan Fanning.

Decsions, decisions…

Originally posted on Dublin Civic Trust:
Following the Act of Union of 1800, a major architectural competition for the redesign of the former Parliament House on College Green was announced by Bank of Ireland in August 1802. Over forty design proposals from leading architects in Ireland and overseas were submitted. In spite of Henry Aaron…