2019 Marks the Centenary of the First Dáil

Lord Mayor of Dublin invites everyone to visit the Mansion House. 

To commemorate the first meeting of Dáil Éireann in the Mansion House one hundred years ago on the 21st January, 1919, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring is inviting everyone to visit the Mansion House, Dawson Street, to see where this historic event took place.

Over three days, from the 18th – 20th January, the public are invited to walk through the House and see the rooms where many significant meetings and decisions were made, and view the rooms where the public meetings and private sessions of the Dáil were held.

Dublin City Council’s Historians in Residence will be there to talk about the Dáil and answer your questions and there will a new exhibition titled “The Mansion House: Rebellion & Democracy” on display with other memorabilia.

You will also be able to view the Round Room (Friday and Saturday only) take a selfie with the Lord Mayor’s coach (Saturday only) and pick up a free souvenir pin and a special First Dáil commemorative booklet.

The public open days are FREE and all are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said “In the Revolutionary years, the Mansion House was an important place for meetings and political gatherings, with the historic meeting of the first Dáil Eireann taking place on 21 January 1919. It is fitting that I should open the House to the public for a few days so that people can visit to see and experience the birthplace of the Dáil, a political institution which we all have a role in.  Now you can see where it all began.  As my predecessor Lord Mayor Laurence O’Neill, who granted use of the Mansion House to hold the first Dáil meetings, said “We are in the freest spot upon earth and from time to time there met within the portals of the Mansion House people of different degrees – socially, politically and perhaps morally.  Indeed, on the flag outside might be inscribed the legend that the Mansion House is the Home of Civil and Religious Liberty””.

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