In the Eye of the Beholder: An Exhibition on Beauty in the Eighteenth Century @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments
Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:45 pm

This exhibition has now been extended!

Wedgwood Room, State Apartments

This exhibition explores the reality of maintaining beauty standards at court in the eighteenth century. It introduces Dublin Castle as the stage on which members of – and visitors to – the viceregal court would flaunt their ability to follow and execute changing trends from London and Paris at that time. The advantages of being fashion-forward determined social status, but the personal cost was high. From toxic concoctions of lipstick to shape-enhancing corsets, this exhibition focuses on make-up, hair, hygiene and both ladies’ and men’s fashion. It shines a light on the age-old human action of presenting oneself at an occasion and asks a question that is as simple as it is elusive: if beauty is in the eye of the beholder – is it worth it?

Curated by Bronagh Dempsey and Laura Fitzachary, Guides / Information & Education Officers, Dublin Castle.

Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle @ State Apartments
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm

25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018

State Apartments’ Galleries

This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the later appropriation of that potent image in the formation of an independent Ireland. From the gilded magnificence of the Castle’s architectural surroundings and their intricately crafted furnishings, to the stately ceremonies that unfolded in and around them, the exhibition reveals the different ways in which ideas of majesty were constructed, consumed and reinvented.
Bringing together paintings, furniture, drawings and ceremonial regalia, it draws on the rich collections of institutions including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Office of Public Works and the Royal Collection Trust. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated book of scholarly essays published by Irish Academic Press and a programme of educational events, all of which will seek to illustrate, for the first time, the Castle’s untold story of building, borrowing and making majesty.

Curated by Myles Campbell and William Derham, Collections and Research, Dublin Castle.

Dublin Festival of History @ The Printworks
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day
Dublin Festival of History @ The Printworks  | County Dublin | Ireland

The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 1st October in Dublin Castle. With over 90 free history events across the city, this year’s programme is the biggest and best yet. This specialist festival features Irish and international historians speaking on a myriad of historical topics as part of a jam-packed programme including lectures and discussions, film, exhibitions and walks. This year’s speakers include Chris Patten, Janina Ramirez, Ian Kershaw and Robert Service.

If you have an interest in history you can’t miss this festival which has gained a reputation for attracting best-selling historians from around the globe and remember, all events are free!
The Dublin Festival of History is brought to you by Dublin City Council and is organised by Dublin City Public Libraries in association with the Office of Public Works.

Join us in the Printworks, Dublin Castle for the following events:

Friday 29th September

17.30: The Russian Revolution Debate
19.00: War and the Death of News
20: 30: Munich

Saturday 30th September

11am: Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet
12.15: Ten Centuries of History, Session 1
13.00: The War in the West: The Allies Fight Back, 1941 – 1943
14.15: Ten Centuries of History, Session 2
15.00: The blending of Celtic and Anglo – Saxon Christianity
17.00: The Darkening Age: The Christian destruction of the Classical World
19.00: First Confession: A sort of memoir

Sunday 1st October

11.00: The Social History of Modern Ireland
12.00: Making and Mapping the Atlas of the Irish Revolution
13.00: Dublin Festival of History Question Time
14.15 Myths, magic and historical parallels in the Harry Potter books
15.00: The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution
17.00: Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post – War Britain
19.00: Writing the History of 20th Century Europe


Concert to Celebrate the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU @ Portrait Gallery, State Apartments
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm


Join us for an intimate concert in the beautiful Portrait Gallery and enjoy music for piano and clarinet by Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Mägi, Rähni and Poulenc among others. This concert has been organised by the Estonian Embassy in Dublin together with the Office of Public Works to celebrate the beginning of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The concert is free, but places are limited and advance booking is necessary. Please email to register.


Beyond the Three Perfections @ Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens)
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm

Beyond the Three Perfections

7 October 2017 – 8 December 2017

Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens)

The tradition of the ‘three perfections’, unifying poetry, painting and calligraphy in a single art work captured the cultural imagination during what was the most culturally brilliant era in imperial Chinese history, the Song dynasty (960 – 1279 AD). Drawing inspiration from tradition, this exhibition brings together the poetry of President Michael D. Higgins; the sculpture of the Director of the National Art Museum of China and sculptor, Professor Wu Weishan; the calligraphic works of renowned Chinese calligrapher 
Wei Ligang and of Irish calligrapher Patty Hudak; as well as previously unseen works of the eminent Irish modern artist Patrick Scott. In this way, Beyond the Three Perfections offers a unique artistic collaboration and anchoring point to the evolving Sino-Irish relationship, for two nations each steeped in thousands of years of cultural tradition.

Curated by independent Chinese art specialist Emily de Wolfe Pettit.


Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland

An open and free event organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Comhlámh, the Irish association of returned international development volunteers. An opportunity, under one roof, to meet experienced international volunteers, development workers, and the main overseas volunteering organisations. It also celebrates the important role volunteers play in Ireland’s International Development Assistance Programme. Ireland’s Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, T.D., will give the keynote address.