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Presidential Inaugurations at Dublin Castle

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer Next month, Ireland’s 14th presidential inauguration will take place in Dublin Castle, with the victor of the forthcoming election due to be officially sworn into office in St Patrick’s Hall. This venue has been used...

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The Pope in Ireland, Then and Now

By Christiaan Feehan, Event Manager, Dublin Castle  I remember when I moved to Dublin in 2006 I would go running in the Phoenix Park and think to myself how strange that they had randomly erected a cross in its centre. It was only a few years later I found out about...

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Understanding the Derek Hill Collection

By Adrian Kelly, Curator of ‘Derek Hill and the view from Donegal’ The Glebe Art Museum in Co. Donegal opened in 1984 and is a wonderful place to work. Curators have a strange old life, it’s quite vocational and we talk about ‘our’ collections as if we own them. As...

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The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels

By Jennifer Duffy, Guide & Information Officer The Irish Crown Jewels consist of a star (decorated with Brazilian diamonds, its centre featuring an emerald trefoil and ruby cross on a blue enamel background), a diamond badge and five gold jewel-encrusted collars....

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Dublin Castle and the Great Hunger

By Dervilia Roche, Guide & Education Officer Here at Dublin Castle, we have been delighted to host the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition over the last few months, with visitors enjoying the exhibition in their hundreds every day. The collection,...

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The Irish Sword of State

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation The Irish Sword of State that we know today is a remarkable object, both as a work of craftsmanship and as a tantalising witness to history. As representations of power, derived from military ability,...

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From the Crown Jewels to the Liam MacCarthy Cup

By Dr Myles Campbell, Collections, Research & Interpretation On 9 November 1849, Queen Victoria awoke to a surprise. Waiting to be unwrapped were two gifts from her husband, Prince Albert, which he had purchased during their visit to Dublin three months earlier....

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Bram Stoker in Dublin Castle

By Caoimhe Creed, Guide & Information Officer With Halloween just around the corner and the Bram Stoker Festival in full swing, what better time to remember one of Dublin Castle's most famous ex-employees? Abraham 'Bram' Stoker's haunting magnum opus, Dracula, is...

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Work in Progress: The Medieval Tower

By William Derham, Research & Collections In recent weeks, a row of fencing has appeared in the south-west corner of the Lower Yard at Dublin Castle, announcing the beginning of what will be a two-year conservation project on one of the oldest parts of the Castle:...

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Sacred Places

By Dr Myles Campbell, Collections and Research    ‘Sacred places are protected from spoliation; they are steeped in the hopes and sufferings of those who have fought for them. And they belong to others who are yet to be.’ Roger Scruton Working in Collections and...

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