The superb exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting currently nearing the end of its run at the National Gallery of Ireland, ask and adreeses sucessfully fascinating questions about how the genre artists of the Dutch Golden Age influenced each other and spurred each other on to ever great feats of virtuosity. It has… Read More Did Vermeer use Optics in his Art?
Near Blackpitts once lay an enormous tannery, the biggest in the city. Nearby was an ancient medieval double-mill, complete with mill pond. Overall this is among the richest archaeological, most historic sites in Dublin. The key to understanding it is water. A separate article on my blog this month explores how the river Tymon rises… Read More of Double Mills & Dutch Billies, Tanneries & whiskey.
Saturday 9th September, meeting Kildare Place, 1.30pm. Southeast Centre Gems: from Kildare Place then via a circuitous walk to No. 6 Harcourt Street. The first two-thirds of this walking tour cover some of my favourite gems and oddities in the south-east quarter of Dublin’s South Georgian Core. Forgotten educational history, and Soviet-style social realism on… Read More South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ
We run from 1 to 4 public walking tours or other events each month. (As well as walking tours we sometimes organize talks, site visits, even treasure hunts) These events run from March/April to Oct/Nov of each year. We frequently show even experienced Dubliners places in their capital they were unaware of, various secret or… Read More Sign up to Newsletter | Judge us – read /write a review
Originally posted on Dublin Civic Trust:
Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to launch its major new building conservation project at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in the heart of the historic city on the Liffey quays. PROJECT 18ORMOND will involve a complete conservation and refurbishment of the fascinating set of buildings that comprise 18 Ormond Quay…
For picture captions, please see foot of article. Over sixty small brooks, rivers and watercourses criss-cross Dublin area, over a dozen through the city centre, including the Stein, Swan and Bradoge. In built up areas, most go unseen as they flow these days below ground. The most famous of all, rightly, is the Poddle. Not… Read More the best Poddle river…
Newmarket, the heart of the Liberties, is scheduled for development, and for huge physical change. Mill St is already transformed, while most of Sweeney Lane is a distant memory. Blackpitts and Fumbally Lane meanwhile are both full of extraordinary, half-forgotten historical connections. It is high time we explored this area, to look at its past,… Read More Blackpitts, Newmarket & around: a Liberties tour.
Evening Art Treat: To mark the reopening of the main historic wings of our beloved National Gallery of Ireland, after years of repairs and refurbishments, we’re running a small, sociable evening visit from 6pm-8.15pm evening of Thursday 22nd June. (with a maximum of 15 guests) Please note, this is not a NGI event (NGI is… Read More Night-time Art Treat: Nat Gal, sociable evening tour 6 -8.15pm eve Thurs 22 June
For those who missed it a few weeks back, one last reminder of a second chance to catch our amazing Grangegorman tour, tomorrow Wed 07 June. It starts 2.15 pm, which won’t suit everyone of course. But if you can get free, make every effort to get to buy a ticket (link below) and somehow… Read More dash to catch our Grangegorman walk tomorrow Wed 07 June.
Once again this year I’m delighted and honoured to be leading a number of summer city walking tours for the venerable Irish Georgian Society. When are they? First walk each runs on the first Wednesday afternoon of June, then the first Wednesday of July, then finally of August. All are on a Wednesday, the first… Read More summer Wednesday walks for Irish Georgian Society