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21 November 1920 – Bloody Sunday

21 November 1920 – Bloody Sunday

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation It can be hard to gain a good picture of Dublin Castle sometimes. Metaphorically speaking, it looms large in the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence and yet relatively little has been written about...

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A Bag From 100 Years Ago

A Bag From 100 Years Ago

For persons with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Countess Markievicz’s despatch bag – Engaging people with dementia An object that speaks volumes, in more ways than one… This object, the first in our on-line series of engagement for persons with...

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Halloween in Old Ireland

Halloween in Old Ireland

By Caoimhe Creed, Guide & Information Officer Farmers and Druids Halloween has its roots in the Celtic Festival of Samhain. This was the division between the lighter half of the year and the darker half of the year. Samhain is the Irish word for the month of...

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Social Distancing at Dublin Castle, 1832

Social Distancing at Dublin Castle, 1832

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation In these times of Covid-19, with its restrictions and lockdowns, it can be easy, when searching for a word to describe the uncharted situation we find ourselves in, to reach for “unprecedented” – never...

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The Clock Tower Building & The State Stables

The Clock Tower Building & The State Stables

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer The Clock Tower Building, now the Chester Beatty Library. The Clock Tower Building is located directly behind the State Apartments, it is bounded to the east by the Castle Gardens and to the west by the Ship Street...

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The Bedford Tower, Castle Gates & Guard House

The Bedford Tower, Castle Gates & Guard House

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer By the middle of the 18th century most the Upper Castle Yard either had already been, or was in the process of being, rebuilt. In February 1750 the Surveyor General, Arthur Jones Neville, sent a memorial to the...

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Ship’s Biscuits in Ship Street Barracks

Ship’s Biscuits in Ship Street Barracks

By Anna Caffrey, Guide & Information Officer Ship Street Barracks and the Rising Nestled in the south-west corner of Dublin Castle are the brick clad buildings of Ship Street Barracks. Four of the buildings were originally built around the 1750s and were converted...

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The Royal Exchange, now Dublin City Hall

The Royal Exchange, now Dublin City Hall

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer Dublin City Hall, previously known as the Royal Exchange, was built between 1769 and 1779. It stands on the site formerly occupied by Cork House and Lucas’s Coffee-House. Following the death of the Great Earl of...

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Beware of the Risen People

Beware of the Risen People

By Muireann Walsh, Guide & Information Officer This year Poetry Day Ireland is inviting us to share, read and celebrate poetry at home and online. Here at Dublin Castle we have decided to put our own twist on the theme ‘There will be time’. Seeing as Poetry Day...

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State Apartments: The State Drawing Room

State Apartments: The State Drawing Room

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer The State Drawing Room has a complex architectural history. The north facing rooms of the south east range overlooking the Upper Castle Yard were originally built by the Surveyor General, William Molyneux, in...

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Viceregal Apartments & Apollo Room

Viceregal Apartments & Apollo Room

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer As previously stated, during the late 1750s the last great phase of rebuilding work at Dublin Castle was begun. It doubled the depth of the south east range and included the State Corridor and all the rooms to the...

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State Apartments: State Corridor, Connolly Room & Annex

State Apartments: State Corridor, Connolly Room & Annex

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer   Leaving the Battle-Axe Landing the visitor turns right and enters a small annex lit by an oval lantern decorated with a frieze of delicate husk garlands in the Neoclassical Style. From the lantern hangs an...

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100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life

100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life

By Dr Sinéad McCoole, Curator of  '100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life' Curated by Dr Sinéad McCoole, the Commemorations Unit shines a light on the major influence that women have had on the formation of modern-day Ireland, acknowledging and raising...

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State Apartments: Hall, Stairs & Landing

State Apartments: Hall, Stairs & Landing

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer Prior to the 19th century, the Staircase Hall was the Entrance Hall to the State Apartments, while the present Entrance Hall with its screens of Doric columns, was originally an open vestibule. The central...

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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 key feature of the...

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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...

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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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