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Nov
12
Mon
Proclaiming a President @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Nov 12 2018 @ 9:45 am – Jan 20 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Proclaiming a President @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

In June 1938, Douglas Hyde was sworn in as the first President of Ireland in St Patrick’s Hall at Dublin Castle. In November 2018, the Hall will once again be the setting for the presidential inauguration. To celebrate this event and to mark its eightieth anniversary, this exhibition looks back at the inauguration of all nine Irish presidents at Dublin Castle over the past eight decades.

Nov
24
Sat
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Nov 24 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 24 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Office of Public Works presents a stunning exhibition of sculptural pendants and rings by master-goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel, at the State Apartments, Dublin Castle – on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. An icon of Irish craft and design, Rudolf Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality, quality and timeless aesthetic of his craftsmanship with each piece created meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. This exhibition will showcase many of his most ambitious and technically complex designs, presenting pieces selected from his personal archive alongside new work in three of his sculptural pendant collections – Rock Crystal, Tourmaline Butterfly and Druzy. A series of spectacular gem rings designed by Heltzel will also be presented in the exhibition.

Dec
1
Sat
Heaven and Earth: The Neapolitan Crib at the Chapel Royal @ Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Heaven and Earth: The Neapolitan Crib at the Chapel Royal @ Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle  | County Dublin | Ireland

Join Nieves Fernandez for a talk on the Neapolitan Crib in the spectacular surroundings of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle. Nieves Fernandez is a member of the Asociacion de Belenistas de Madrid and conservator at the National Museum of Ireland.

A celebration of Jonathan Swift; A Modest Proposal & Words Upon the Window Pane @ Castle Hall, Dublin Castle
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A celebration of Jonathan Swift; A Modest Proposal & Words Upon the Window Pane @ Castle Hall, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland

A Celebration of Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal and Words Upon the Window Pane

Presented by Mouth on Fire in association with the Office of Public Works as part of the Jonathan Swift Festival

A Modest Proposal

Jonathan Swift had a profound effect on the politics of his time and on the literature of all time. A Modest Proposal is full of biting satire and lambasts both English rule in Ireland and the acceptance of it by the Irish. George Bernard Shaw’s adage “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you”, is never more of an axiom than with this attempt to vilify England and shock Ireland out of its acceptance of exploitation. The text has been edited to get to the crux of the argument for performance whilst maintaining the power of the original.

This performance will be directed by Cathal Quinn and performed by Michael Judd.
Accompanied by musician Madi O’Carroll.

Words Upon the Window Pane

William Butler Yeats’s Words Upon The Window Pane focuses on Swift’s personal life and his refusal to let go of both of the loves in his life after death. This adaptation cuts to the heart of the drama and features only three characters as opposed to six in the original: a sceptic, a housekeeper and the medium in a séance in the former home of Stella. This allows the audience to put their primary focus on Swift himself, his passions that still reverberate around that home two hundred years later and his justifications for not marrying either of his lovers (although he may, in fact, have married Stella in secret with no witnesses).

Directed by Matthew Ralli – Performed by Geraldine Plunkett, Melissa Nolan, Cathal Quinn
Accompanied by musician Madi O’Carroll.

Both performances will take place in Castle Hall at Dublin Castle. Tickets are valid for both performances.

Dec
3
Mon
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ Dublin Castle
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Join us for our now-legendary Guerrilla Tour. Hear the alternative histories of Dublin Castle and of the Georgian and Victorian eras, this time with a Christmas Twist.

Suitable for adults.

Free. Booking required. To book your place please email dublincastle@opw.ie

Dec
4
Tue
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2  | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and the festively decorated State Apartments. Guests will also be invited to attend a reception in the Gothic Room . This unmissable series of events offers guests the unusual exclusivity of the State Apartments after hours.

Dec
5
Wed
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2  | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and the festively decorated State Apartments. Guests will also be invited to attend a reception in the Gothic Room . This unmissable series of events offers guests the unusual exclusivity of the State Apartments after hours.

Dec
8
Sat
Christmas Unwrapped: The Stories Behind the Traditions @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Dec 8 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Christmas Unwrapped: The Stories Behind the Traditions @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Join Camilla Pedersen for a very special guided tour of the State Apartments, focusing on the origin of Christmas traditions and symbols.

Suitable for adults.

Free. Booking required. To book your place please dublincastle@opw.ie

Dec
11
Tue
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2  | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and the festively decorated State Apartments. Guests will also be invited to attend a reception in the Gothic Room . This unmissable series of events offers guests the unusual exclusivity of the State Apartments after hours.

Dec
12
Wed
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2  | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and the festively decorated State Apartments. Guests will also be invited to attend a reception in the Gothic Room . This unmissable series of events offers guests the unusual exclusivity of the State Apartments after hours.