ROYALS, REPUBLICANS, AND THE THRONE ROOM AT DUBLIN CASTLE
This exhibition is the story of a great space and those who shaped it. For centuries Dublin Castle was the touchstone of the social and political life of the British administration in Ireland. At the centre of its palatial State Apartments was the Throne Room. Created in 1788, the Throne Room served as the nexus of the nation’s royal and viceregal ceremony until 1922. It was in this room, too, that Daniel O’Connell presented his credentials as the first Roman Catholic mayor of Dublin since the reign of King James II, and that Éamon de Valera and Charles Haughey entertained world figures as leaders of independent Ireland.
Throughout the course of the centuries, the Throne Room has continually been transformed to reflect the needs of some of the most powerful figures in Irish history across the centuries. This exhibition explores that transformation. Drawing together a range of artefacts associated with the Throne Room’s unique place in Irish history, this exhibition reveals its hidden story; the story of designing, enacting and making majesty.