Around this time each year the Irish Georgian Society (IGS) run a series of talks on aspects of Ireland’s built heritage. They are invariably superb, presented by the leading authorities in the field, and- to put my own cards fully on the table- they are talks which year by year have certainly increased and expanded my own understanding of our heritage and our historic architecture.
Previous series over the last few years have included great Georgian and Victorian buildings; and great Irish Country Houses.
This year’s series starts next Tuesday the 5th of October, and may be the best yet, beginning with a key note address by the eminent David Dickson, Professor Emeritus in History from Trinity College and author of perhaps the greatest ever survey of our city, the magisterial “Dublin: the making of a Capital City” (2014)
The talks over the following 9 weeks then travel throughout Ireland to the cities of Belfast, Cork, Derry, Dublin, Drogheda, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford to lean about these cities’ architecture and town planning during the long eighteenth century. The distinguished speakers include Professor Raymond Gillespie; Frank Keohane; Dan Calley; Dr Aisling Drake; Professor John Montague; Dr Hugh McGuire; Dr Judith Hill; Eamonn McEneaney and Julian Walton.
For those of you who may not instantly recognize all those names Professor Raymond Gillespie for example is senior lecturer at Maynooth and an authority on Early-Modern/Seventeenth-Century Ireland; Frank Keohane is the editor of the latest Pevsner Guide to Irish architecture, dealing with Cork; while Dr Judith Hill is an architectural historian and expert on various 18th and 19th century architects as well as on the city of Limerick.
Personally I recall a brilliant IGS excursion to Drogheda some years back, so I can not wait for that talk either.
In the interests of full disclosure and transparency, I should point out that I frequently have the pleasure of working with the Irish Georgian Society, in a purely freelance capacity. I have nothing however to do with the programming, sales, or administration of these lectures.
That does not change the fact these talks are superb each year. This latest edition will be no exception. I expect they will be a real education, full of fascinating details and insight.
They begin next Tuesday, and each talks may be purchased individually, although its worth noting there’s an excellent discount for purchasing all 10 talks at once, which effectively makes two talks free.
I most heartily recommend them.
The link to the IGS website may be found here.