Lord Mayor’s Coach

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As part of the year long celebrations for the Mansion House 300 event, the Lord Mayor’s Coach will be on public display on the forecourt of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 13th June from 11am to 4pm.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said “Come and see the Lord Mayor’s Coach as you have never seen it before. Normally it can only be viewed as it passes on the St. Patrick’s Day parade route or while travelling to the RDS Horse Show so this is a rare opportunity to see the detail and workmanship up close. The coach was built in 1791 and is an integral part of the history of the Mansion House and the Lord Mayors of Dublin who have used it throughout the centuries.”

The Mansion House will be open to the public from 12 – 4pm and people are welcome to walk through the House. A ticketed lecture by Dr. Philip McEvansoneya will take place from 11am to 12pm entitled “A colourful spectacle revived: The State Coach of the Lord Mayor of Dublin”.

The Lord Mayor’s coach dates back to 1791 when it was made by William Whitton of Dominick Street for use by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. It cost £2,690, an enormous sum at the time and is to this day a testament to the intricate and delicate work of Dublin craftsmanship. The highly decorated coach is 24 feet long, 8 feet wide and 11 feet 6 inches high. Its suspension was by whip springs and straps.

The coach made its first appearance on 4th November 1791 in the annual ceremonial procession that marked the birthday of King William III. It was used for important occasions during its early years but from 1840 onwards, as politics changed in Dublin it appeared less frequently. In 1932 it was used for the Eucharistic Congress and was then put into long term storage. In 1975 Dublin Corporation (as it was then referred to) decided to restore the coach and it made its first reappearance in the 1976 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and since then has led the Parade every year.

To book a place for the lecture “A colourful spectacle revived: The State Coach of the Lord Mayor of Dublin” at the Mansion House on 13th June from 11am – 12pm please contact lordmayor@dublincity.ie or Tel. 01 222 6200. Tickets are on a first come first served basis.

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 Notes to the Editor:

  •  The Mansion House 300 is a programme of events running throughout the year to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Mansion House being used as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
  • The Lord Mayor’s Coach makes two annual appearances every year. It leads the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin on 17th March and it brings the Lord Mayor of Dublin to open the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS every August.
  • In 1975 Dublin Corporation restored the coach. The renovation was carried out by a team including a coach trimmer from Inchicore Railway Works as well as art conservators from the National Gallery and the National Museum.
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