Family & kids’ Treasure Hunt of Temple Bar Saturday 27 May.

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.

Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.

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.

Temple Bar Treasure Hunt for grown- ups, Sat 29th April 2PM

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

solving an art historical mystery, in the old Library Trinity College Long Room

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

Stalking the pages of history

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…

The Edward Worth Library: a Treasure Trove of Maths

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

Notes on a lecture – “High Treason” The background to the Casement painting by John Lavery

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…