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Dublin Garden Squares Day 2016 and Free Lunchtime Seminar



Dublin Garden Squares Day 2016 returns for its seventh year on Saturday 21 May with a host of expert walking tours of Dublin’s historic squares and public gardens.

It follows a free lunchtime seminar entitled Squaring the City on Friday 20 May in the Irish Architectural Archive.

Full programme and booking details below. Also find out more HERE


Squaring the City Seminar
Friday 20th May

Squaring the City is a free public seminar focusing on the historic evolution, landscape design and upcoming enhancement plans for Dublin’s Georgian squares and parks. Hosted in the elegant rooms of the Irish Architectural Archive overlooking Merrion Square, followed by a light lunch, topics and speakers include:

Circling the Squares – A Whistle-stop Overview
Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust

A Plan for the Conservation and Development of Dublin City Parks
Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent, Dublin City Council

City Paradises
Dr Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens

Followed by a light lunch at 1.30pm

This event is free but places are strictly limited on a first-come basis. Book your place by emailing info@dublincivictrust.ie

Date: Friday 20th May 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Location: Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Dublin Garden Squares Day 2016
Saturday 21st May

Enjoy free expert walking tours of Dublin’s five main Georgian squares and associated parks and gardens in this annual staple event. Discover the history of these magnificent urban gardens, their plants and wildlife, the people who once used them and the historic buildings that embrace them.

Tours take place all day on a first-come basis, no booking is required and all events are free.

Tour Programme 

Merrion Square – Evolution and Design Significance
Geraldine Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Oscar Wilde Statue, inside the railings

Mountjoy Square – Dublin’s ‘True’ Georgian Square
Karin O’Flanagan, Resident and Secretary of Mountjoy Square Society
Meeting Point: Steps of 54 Mountjoy Square West

Fitzwilliam Square – Dublin’s Smallest Square
Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Dublin Bikes station on the Pembroke Street side

Iveagh Gardens – Dublin’s Hidden Oasis
Donal Raynor, Office of Public Works
Meeting Point: Clonmel Street entrance off Harcourt Street

Parnell Square – Dublin’s First Georgian Square
James Kelly, Conservation Architect & Chairman, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Gates to the Garden of Remembrance

St. Stephen’s Green – Emergence of Renaissance Dublin
Peter Keenahan, Architect
Meeting Point: Fusiliers’ Arch at the top of Grafton Street