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11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer When it comes to Dublin landmarks, none are more synonymous with the Irish judicial system than the Four Courts. Located on Inns Quay, it has housed Ireland’s law courts since 1802 and remains a...

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The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

By David Britton, Curator of 'The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960’ Isolated on the Western fringes of Europe it took time for the influence of early 20th century European developments in art to reach these shores. This exhibition explores the development...

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Why does the Surface Matter?

Why does the Surface Matter?

By Liz Cooper Independent curator and Development Manager for Design-Nation Every two years the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland convenes an international panel of craft and design experts to select the best contemporary craft and design of Irish origin. In late...

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A Look Back at 2018 – A Busy Year at Dublin Castle

A Look Back at 2018 – A Busy Year at Dublin Castle

By Aisling Gaffney, Event Manager, Dublin Castle 2018 was one of the busiest years we have had to date, with over 431,000 visitors, 8 exhibitions and 300 + events taking place throughout the Dublin Castle complex. Before we plunge in to 2019 – this blog entry will...

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Presidential Inaugurations at Dublin Castle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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