Conservation forum Open House event

Thursday 12th October, 2017. an tArdmhéara Micheál Mac Donncha launches a daylong conservation seminar in the Mansion House, Dawson Street.  This seminar, which precedes the Open House Dublin 2017 Festival, will centre on the conservation and cultural importance of Dublin’s historic churches and graveyards in the Liberties area of the city. The focus will be on the conservation, restoration and adaptation of several historic church projects in this area.

Speaking about the seminar an tArdmhéara said “I want to welcome everyone here today to what promises to be an interesting and informative discussion on the conservation of historic buildings in the city, particularly in the Liberties area. This older part of our city is seeing a lot of change at the moment, with many historic buildings being reinvented and reused. Dublin City Council continues to play a vital role in this important conservation work, long may it continue city wide.  Tá na Saoirsí ag croí-lár na Cathrach agus na Stáire.”

The keynote speech by Niall McCullough of McCullough Mulvin Architects (10.45am) centres on St. Marys Abbey, Kilkenny and sets out the theme of change in the context of a sacred site. This recently completed project is an example of conservation-adaptation and examines the complex process of recovering and adapting a sacred place that ensures the long term survival of the site’s significance and artefacts within a contemporary form.

Dublin City Councils Conservation Officer, Nicola Matthews said “the seminar will look at the city churches and graveyards which retain their architectural prominence in the city as important sacred, cultural and amenity spaces. Many of them have chequered pasts, re-built and reordered over time with some sites often experiencing dramatic change and alteration from the sacred to the profane.”

Dublin City Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) are partnering together to deliver this seminar.


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Notes to the Editor:

This workshop may be regarded as a complimentary addendum to the symposium regarding St Thomas’s Abbey on Saturday 14th Oct 2017 in St. Catherine’s Church which is being convened to highlight recent archaeological and historical research into the Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr, C12th abbey and it s role in the city in religious and political affairs over several hundred years.