Dublin Garden Squares Day 2017

Saturday 10th June 2017

Dublin Civic Trust is running its annual Dublin Garden Squares Day – now in its eighth year – on Saturday 10th June.

Enjoy free expert walking tours of Dublin’s five main Georgian squares and associated parks and gardens in this annual staple event. Discover the history of these magnificent urban gardens, their plants and wildlife, the people who once used them and the historic buildings that embrace them.

Tours take place all day on a first-come basis, no booking is required and all events are free.

Merrion Square – Evolution and Design Significance
Geraldine Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Oscar Wilde Statue, inside the railings

Mountjoy Square – Dublin’s ‘True’ Georgian Square
Karin O’Flanagan, Resident and Chair of The Mountjoy Square Society
Meeting Point: Steps of 54 Mountjoy Square West

Fitzwilliam Square – Dublin’s Pocket Square
Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Dublin Bikes station on the Pembroke Street side
Directly followed at 1.00pm by a short tour of Fitzwilliam Square’s private central garden with Rebecca Jeffares, Landscape Historian

11.00am – 4.00pm
Take a rare opportunity to enjoy free access all day to
Fitzwilliam Square’s private central garden
Also traditional lawn bowling with Anne O’Herlihy from 1.00pm
Complemented with musical entertainment

2.15pm & 3.30pm
Natural History Museum, Merrion Square
‘Zoo in my Garden’ children’s tours with Catherine McGuinness, exploring critters in your garden!

Parnell Square – Dublin’s First Georgian Square
James Kelly, Conservation Architect & Chairman, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Gates to the Garden of Remembrance

St. Stephen’s Green – From Dublin’s Renaissance to Victoriana
Dr John A. McCullen, former Chief Superindendent, Phoenix Park
Meeting Point: Fusiliers’ Arch at the top of Grafton Street

To mark recent improvements to Mountjoy Square, including clearance of fencing and vegetation that allows sweeping views of the square for the first time in decades, we have arranged music and children’s events right in the heart of Mountjoy Square Park. Take the opportunity to have a look at the ongoing pioneering restoration of the square’s original wrought-iron railings, now largely complete on the south-west corner.

Rousing music with the Blanchardstown Brass Band

Art in the Park with artist Jo Callanan
Meet at the hard surface football area

Afro-Eire rhythm music

Nature Detectives with Sara Rublaca
Meet at the hard surface football area

Green Fingers – planting workshop for children with Rebecca Jeffares
Dublin Garden Squares Day is generously supported by:

Kamerino Catalan Shop @ 18 Ormond Quay, Dublin

The Dublin Civic Trust having acquired 18 Ormond Quay Upper is about to begin a full restoration project on the building starting in April 2017.

We are very happy to have invited the Catalan artist Xavier Palet Sabater from Barcelona to set up for one week only, his wonderful shop displaying the artform of Catalan theatrical curios.

Xavier will be giving a talk and a workshop on his collection, which is also for sale, on Saturday 4th March.  The workshop is limited to 10 persons only and begins at 1.30pm until 2.30pm. Please contact farcryproductionsltd@gmail.com to book a place. Cost €10

There will be a talk on Saturday 4th March also at 3pm.

The shop, Kamerino, will open to the public:

From Wednesday 1st March 2017 until Sunday 5th March 2017

Open: 10am-6pm daily

Adifferentkettleoffishaltogether, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7




Kamerino Shop, Barcelona


Exclusive five-day sale of a unique collection of handmade pieces from the old workshop of a historic Barcelona shop specializing in party favours and theatrical curios.

You’ll find cardboard masks, hats and instruments, genuine Japanese lanterns, paper toys and a dazzling array of other weird and wonderful objects made between 1926 and 1948.


Please email farcryproductionsltd@gmail.com to book a place


Exclusiva venta durante seis días de la inédita colección recuperada de un antiguo almacén de Barcelona dedicado a la fabricación artesanal de artículos de teatro y fiesta entre los años 1926 y 1948.

Podréis encontrar máscaras, sombreros e instrumentos de cartón, auténticos faroles japoneses, juguetes de papel y una infinidad de objetos curiosos…

Además, programaremos una charla teatralizada para dar a conocer el proyecto.

Estaremos en a different kettle of fish altogether, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublín, del 1 de marzo al 5 de marzo de 2017.

Horario: 10 h a 18 h

Encontraréis más información en la página de Facebook Kamerino Collection in Dublin.xavier-7

Dublin Civic Trust Christmas Booksale



On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December 2016 from 11am until 5pm, Dublin Civic Trust will hold a book sale of their  many publications covering interests from the streets of Dublin to best practice in maintaining your heritage building.

These books and pamphlets will be of interest to all age groups, family friends both at home and abroad.

We are offering special reduced prices for this Christmas sale only.  The price ranges in publications range from €1 for pamphlets up to €40 euros for the latest publication.

See Dublin on Foot, one of the Dublin Civic Trusts most popular books gives a detailed guide and maps of buildings and sites of historic interest throughout Dublin city.

We have a selection of specific books looking at South William Street, Capel Street, Thomas Street, Pearse Street, Dawson Street – traces the history of each street up to the present time.

The majority of the books on sale have been published by the Dublin Civic Trust.  There are however a few books on offer that have been published by others and also some rare books that are now out of print.

For those interested in walking tours the Dublin Civic Trust also has an app – See Dublin on foot, available through our website http://www.dublincivictrust.ie or through App store.

The app deals with each area of  Dublin listing buildings and histories and also has a series of themed walks such as Churches of Dublin, Military Heritage, Museums and galleries, The Great Georgian Houses, Industrial Heritage, Medieval Dublin and Public Buildings.


Dublin Ironwork – Balconies

Enhance your walk around Dublin’s 18th-century squares and streets by glancing upwards and engaging with the spectacular ironwork displayed in the variety of balconies to be found on the first floor (piano nobile) of Georgian houses. Balconies were usually a later addition to the facades of these buildings, popularised by window openings being dropped to the drawing room floor level in line with new fashion.

The two forms of iron used for decorative purposes were wrought and cast iron. Wrought iron is often characterised by sinuous curling shapes which were modelled by hand-beating, while cast iron elements were made by pouring molten iron into sand moulds imprinted with a pattern.


Although the colour black is the most popular colour for ironwork today, this was not always the case. A variety of different colours was used in the 18th and 19th centuries, with various shades of green being the most popular choice.

For further information on the care, restoration and maintenance of ironwork please refer to Irish Period Houses, A Conservation Guidance Manual, priced €45.00

Alternatively, you can purchase the book directly from Dublin Civic Trust at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 (please telephone before collection on 01 874 9681)

Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual


For anyone who owns, manages or occupies a traditional building in Ireland, or who is thinking of taking on a building conservation project, this is the must-have, definitive reference guide to the subject.

Buy online now

Price: €45


Irish Period Houses – Priced €45

Irish Period Houses is a complete revision of the previous edition of the book Period Houses, printed in 2001, which was a pioneering manual for best practice repair and maintenance of period houses in Dublin. The new edition, undertaken by the same author, building conservation accredited surveyor Frank Keohane, greatly widens the scope of the manual with a comprehensive array of new topics now covering all of Ireland.

Period houses comprise a distinctive part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. They require a careful approach to repair and maintenance to ensure that their unique character is preserved. Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.

The book is arranged into 25 easily navigated chapters, with subjects ranging from traditional walls and roofs, windows, internal joinery, damp, timber decay, decorative finishes and energy efficiency. A unique feature is the array of specifications from historic builder’s manuals and architect’s instructions which provide an invaluable insight into how Ireland’s buildings were originally assembled.

Over 1000 colour illustrations and diagrams provide useful instruction on typical features and materials used in Irish traditional buildings, problems commonly encountered, and best practice solutions for their conservation, repair and replacement where necessary. Unlike other guidance books that specialise in specific areas of construction or conservation, Irish Period Houses provides an invaluable, holistic approach for the owner/occupier or building professional – ensuring that the right works are carried out at the right time, and that all factors are considered when undertaking repair or refurbishment works.

Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual is available to buy directly from Dublin Civic Trust through its online store priced €45 (€54.00 with package and postage).

Bookshop sellers include:

Eason nationwide

Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Chapters, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2

National Gallery of Ireland shop, Clare Street, Dublin 2

RIAI Bookshop, Dublin 2

Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Dubray Books, all outlets

Hanna’s Bookshop, Rathmines