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
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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…
Below are some images from our recent North side Dublin walking tour (the Hugh Lane to Grangegorman walk, Saturday 13th May). They were taken by one of our guests, Mike Quill, who then very kindly sent them on the following day. As you can imagine, when we saw them, we were delighted. Apart from the… Read More superb images, from a guest on a Northside Dublin walking tour.
Just a week or two after leading our first Dublin Decoded architectural tour of the Grangegorman area back last August last year (2016) I re-stumbled across this amazing map. You may already know it. It’s Daniel Edward Heffernan’s Map of Dublin from 1861, quite a well known image. Looking closely what impresses the viewer is… Read More Heffernan’s 1861 Map; images & institutions, NW Dublin City walk.
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
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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
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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…