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Dublin 1 Festival


We want our neighbours, friends and followers to consider our building and district as a place to showcase character and creativity. Dublin 1 and the IAF is a place that belongs to all of us and that we all belong to.

Event Information

Dublin 1 Festival


Event Information

Dublin 1 Festival


This year we want to reveal the character of our postal district through a series of events from May to October. We want our neighbours, friends and followers to consider our building and district as a place to showcase character and creativity. Dublin 1 and the IAF is a place that belongs to all of us and that we all belong to.

The series will include talks, walks, films, workshops, exhibitions to excavate the social, political and architectural layers of Dublin 1. We are collaborating with National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, Irish Film Institute, local architects and historians to celebrate and reveal the epicentre of Dublin’s personality. Dates will be revealed soon on some of the later events. Just keep your eyes peeled…

These events include:

Grit, Grandeur & One Euro Bananas

Find out more HERE


Who are the Architects in your neighbourhood?

22 June 2017

People will visit local studios to gain an insight into the life of the architects who work in Dublin 1, including Allister Coyne (Ailtireacht) and Peter Carroll (a2 Architects) Sean Harrington (Sean Harrington Architects) and many more.

Booking will open shortly


Dublin Plays Itself

1 July 2017

The IAF and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) take to the streets again with two walking tours exploring Dublin’s architecture. The city is experienced at first hand and also through a range of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive which are screened at stop-off points in the IFI, Temple Bar, in the IAF on Bachelor’s Walk and finally at the new premises of Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.

The screenings and walking tours will be conducted by Sunniva O’Flynn, IFI Head of Irish Film Programming and Merlo Kelly, Architect and Architectural Historian. Special thanks to Poetry Ireland for taking part in this year’s Dublin Play’s Itself and offering their new venue.

Morning Tour Meet IFI, Temple Bar  11am  – ends 1.30pm Poetry Ireland, Parnell Sq

Afternoon Tour (repeat of morning tour)

Meet IFI, Temple Bar  2.30 pm – ends 5pm Poetry Ireland, Parnell Sq


Places strictly limited to 20 per walk

All tickets €10 

Tickets available HERE


North Dublin City Walk with Merlo Kelly – From Charlemont House to Busáras

22 July 2017

Merlo Kelly, architect and author of a book entitled ‘An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City’ will provide a walking tour of the Dublin 1 area. An architectural exploration of the north city, from its eighteenth century origins to the various twentieth century interventions. The walk will begin at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square, and follow a route via O’Connell Street and North Great George’s Street to Mountjoy Square, finishing at the Custom House. With the help of maps and archival images, the walk is intended to trace the various phases of urban development, and enrich an understanding of the city as we know it today.

Booking will open soon.


A Framework to Reimagine Dublin One

29 July 2017

Join Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect, for a walking tour that will retrace the streets and spaces studied by the Reimagine Dublin One team and be an opportunity to discuss other ways to address the area’s challenges. In 2015, Dublin City Architects invited the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to share their inspirational Design Assistance Programme and help run a pilot project with a Dublin community. Since then, City Architects developed a bespoke website (http://designframework.ie/), found a community partner (Dublin Town) and, working with the AIA and local design practitioners, progressed the pilot in Dublin’s north city centre.  Called ‘Reimagine Dublin One’, the pilot is set in the busy retail and residential district defined by Capel St, Parnell St, O’Connell St and the North Quays.

The Reimagine Dublin One report can be accessed here http://designframework.ie/updates/

Booking will open soon.


McCullough Mulvin Orange

Film and exhibition by artist Mark Orange about architects of the IAF HQ anchored in Dublin 1 and its connection to other sites across the city by the same architects McCullough Mulvin. The works, in audio and video, will be presented at some of the key Dublin buildings designed by McCullough Mulvin over the past 20 years, each of the venues hosting one work, discretely installed to blend in with the building and its everyday usage. The film and exhibition route will also feature in Culture Night 2017.


Featured image: Dental Hospital, Mc Cullough Mulvin. Image: Christian Richters