The Mansion House Dublin, 300 Years of History and Hospitality Book Launch

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An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will launch the book ‘The Mansion House Dublin, 300 Years of History and Hospitality’ in the Oak Room of the Mansion House at 7pm.
The book, which was edited by City Archivist Mary Clark, covers the history of the Mansion House since 1715 to the present day and details its structure, furnishings as well as telling the story of Lord Mayor’s who lived there.
Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “I am very proud to launch this book which is an appropriate end to our 300thyear celebrations of this House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. This book reflects the story of the Mansion House over the past 300 years.  It is quite unique in being the oldest free-standing house in Dublin, a family home, a witness to historic events and a venue for welcoming Dubliners and international dignitaries alike. Its history mirrors that of the city and country, and as Ireland changed politically and socially, the Mansion House adapted to encompass it.  Is é Teach an Ardmhéara mo bhaile féin i mbliana agus is mór an onóir dom bheith i mo chónaí agus ag obair anseo.’
Guest speaker at the launch Professor Christine Casey, Department of Art History and Architecture at Trinity College said: “This volume is an impressive interdisciplinary study of a building which has come to represent the citizens of Dublin. Historians, architects and conservationists document the ceremony, splendour and occupants of this historic setting for civic occasions of gravity, joy and sorrow. Splendidly illustrated and rigorously researched, it is a significant addition to our knowledge of the city’s architecture.”
Dublin’s Mansion House has been celebrating the 300th anniversary as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin with a number of events throughout 2015.
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Notes to the Editor

The Mansion House was built between 1705 and 1710 by Joshua Dawson and purchased by Dublin City Council on 18th May 1715 for use as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The price was £3,500 sterling with an agreement to provide two fat capons and a loaf of double-refined sugar weighing six pounds at Christmas, if demanded.  As part of the purchase agreement, the Oak Room was built to be used for civic receptions, a function it still carries out today.
The Mansion House is the only mayoral residence in Ireland which is still used to house a Lord Mayor. It is older than any surviving mayoral residence in Britain, and is one of the most unique and important iconic building within Europe.  It is the oldest free-standing house in Dublin, with associated architectural and historic significance.  The Mansion House has a hallowed place in Ireland’s national history, as in 1919, the Round Room was the location for the first sitting of the Dáil. It has been the centre of the city’s hospitality since 1715 and as a result it has established itself in the affections of generations of Dubliners. 
‘The Mansion House Dublin 300 Years of History and Hospitality’ is edited by Dublin City Archivist Mary Clark and contains essays written by Nicola Matthews, Susan Roundtree, Úna Loftus and Fanchea Gibson.
The Book is published by Dublin City Council and distributed by Four Courts Press. It is priced €35 (Hardback) and €25 (Paperback)
Events held during 2015
A series of events have been held throughout 2015 to commemorate the 300th anniversary including

  • The Mansion House was the sole feature in an episode of RTÉs Nationwide in early February.
  • There was an increased number of dates when the Mansion House was available for tours and viewings by the public including taking part in Culture Night and the Irish Architecture Foundation Open House initiative.
  • A Seminar on the Mansion House was organised by Dr. Mary Clark
  • The Lord Mayor welcomed Lady Moyola and her daughter Tara, who is Joshua Dawson’s direct descendant, to the Mansion House on 18th May, 300 years to the day since the signing of the deed. The original Mansion House deed was at the Mansion House for viewing.
  • In May a two day Memory Project was held in conjunction with Dublin City Libraries as part of Belataine Festival.
  • The Mansion House 300 Concert was held in the Round Room. During the concert the specially commissioned poem commemorating the Mansion House tercentenary composed by Dermot Bolger received its first reading.
  • The Lord Mayor’s Coach went on public display on the forecourt of the Mansion House. There was also a Lecture on the Coach in the Oak Room.
  • A Lecture series on former Lord Mayor’s was held during September, October and November.
  • The SEE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Finisher Medals celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Mansion House and 350th anniversaries of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
  • Interviews with former Lord Mayors, Lady Mayoresses and staff of the Mansion House were videoed recording their memories of living in the House.
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