Calendar

An Overview of Events and Activities at the Castle
May
25
Mon
Call for Objects
May 25 – Jul 30 all-day
Call for Objects

Business as (un)usual. We’ve said it before. In our business, buildings and history go together. Often, our buildings also hold artifacts, from public art to everyday objects, from permanent collections to temporary exhibitions such as our current one, for which curator Sinéad McCoole collected objects that tell stories from different decades and different perspectives.

On the occasion of International Museum Day, which this year is like no other, and inspired by its theme ‘Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion’, we are asking you to contribute an object, something that somehow represents your own current experience, the ‘here and now’ and the historic moments that we all go through. Your object might be associated with your private life or with society at large, with a change in everyday life, a new activity or the cessation or increase/decrease of an old activity, with personal or political conflict, with trauma, resilience or moments of joy or humour. It can be of any material, any size and any medium (i.e. can be perceived by any sense). Send us a photo, drawing or description of your object. You can also provide a comment that explains your choice (written in any language you are at home with) and let us know where in Dublin Castle you would like to see it displayed. You can send us more than one submission and we encourage entries from ALL AGES and comments in diverse languages and alphabets.

Send your submission(s) to DublinCastle@opw.ie with ‘Contemporary Collecting’ on the subject line. Deadline: 15 July 2020. Winning entries will receive a surprise award. Don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions. And remember: Museums are not about display; they are about debate. This is your chance to enter the conversation.

Réada á nIarraidh
May 25 – Jul 30 all-day
Réada á nIarraidh

Gnó mar is (neamh)gnách. Tá sé ráite againn cheana, is minic a théann stair agus foirgnimh/láithreacha le chéile. Sna foirgnimh aimseofar déantáin, saothair ealaíne, rudaí coitianta, bailiúcháin bhuana, agus taispeántais sealadacha, ar nós an ceann atá againn faoi láthair a thaispeánann réada, bailithe ag an léiritheoir Sinéad McCoole, a insíonn scéalta ó thréimhsí agus ó pheirspictíochaí difriúla.

Táimid ag iarraidh ort, i gcóir Lá Idirnáisiúnta na nIarsmalann, réad nó déantán a chur chugainn, rud éigin a chuireann in iúl an saol mar atá sé daoibhse faoi láthair, ar an bpointe boise, agus a chuireann in iúl na hócáidí stairiúla atá muid ag dul tríd le chéile. Is é ‘Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion’, éagsúlacht agus cuimsiú, an téama i mbliana. D’fhéadfadh do réad a bheith bainteach le do shaol príobháideach nó leis an saol mór, leis na hathruithe atá tagtha le déanaí, le nua-ghníomhaíochtaí atá tógtha suas agat nó leis an slí nua a théann tú i ngleic le sean-ghíomhaíochtaí. D’fhéadfadh sé a bheith bainteach le coimhlint nó caidreamh, le tráma, le neart agus teacht aniar, nó le nóiméad áthais. D’fhéadfadh sé a bheith déanta d’aon tsaghas ábhair, aon chruth nó toirt air, nó d’fhéadfaí go spreagfadh sé aon cheann de na céadfaí. Seol chugainn grianghraf, líníocht, nó cur síos ar do réad. D’fhéadfaí nóta a chur leis, scríte sa teanga atá tú ar do chompórd le, a mhíníonn do rogha. Abair linn cén áit sa chaisleán go dteastaíonn uait go mbeidh sé á thaispeánt againn. Seol chugainn oiread agus is mian leat aighneachtaí agus tá fáilte roimh GACH AOISGHRÚPA páirt a ghlacadh i dteangacha éagsúla.

Seol na haighneachtaí chuig DublinCastle@opw.ie agus ‘Contermporary Collecting’ mar ábhar leis an ríomhphost. Is é an spriocdháta ná 15 Iúil 2020. Beidh duaiseanna do na buaiteoirí. Ná bíodh aon drogall ort dul i dteagmháil linn má tá aon cheisteanna agaibh agus ná déan dearmad go gcuirtear díospóireacht chun cinn. Seo deis páirt a ghlacadh sa chomhrá.

Jun
6
Sat
Please touch!
Jun 6 – Sep 30 all-day
Please touch!

Would you like free printed copies of any of our activity sheets? Drop us a line on DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie with your name and postal address and we will send out to you the ones you have requested.

Jun
29
Mon
Splendour and Scandal: The Office of Arms at Dublin Castle @ State Apartments Galleries
Jun 29 2020 @ 9:45 am – Jan 24 2021 @ 5:15 pm
Splendour and Scandal: The Office of Arms at Dublin Castle @ State Apartments Galleries

For 150 years, from 1831 until 1981, the Office Arms was located at Dublin Castle, and this exhibition aims to explore its peculiar yet fascinating history during that time. It will look at the glamorous world the Office superintended at the Viceregal Court; the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels; its role in Ireland, north and south, after 1922; and the re-emergence of the Office as a diplomatic tool of the State from 1943 to 1981.

The Office of Arms was, and in some senses still is, the oldest office of state in Ireland. It was established in 1552 as the Office of Ulster King of Arms, the heraldic authority for the island of Ireland and for almost 400 years it granted coats of arms to individuals, places and organisations; it maintained family trees and arbitrated on the rights of inheritance; and it stage-managed the pomp and ceremony of the State. In 1943, it became the last office to be handed over by the British Government to the Irish State, which had gained its independence in 1922. Reconstituted as the Genealogical Office, and later as the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, it continues its centuries-old heraldic work to this day, as part of the National Library of Ireland.

For some time before and after its reconstitution, the Office was known colloquially and simply as ‘the Office of Arms’ and the majority of its work remained the same either side of the 1943 demarcation. This exhibition explores its story as a single entity, looking at aspects of its history during the 150 years in which it was physically located within the walls of Dublin Castle, from 1831 to 1981. These range from the role of the Office in the organisation of state ceremonial and pageantry to its links with the disappearance of the Irish Crown Jewels; from its involvement in crafting the identities of the two states that emerged on the island of Ireland in the 1920s, to its larger role in Irish genealogy and diplomacy in the mid-twentieth century.

Splendour and Scandal is curated by William Derham.

The exhibition is included in your entry ticket to the State Apartments.

Aug
3
Mon
Ceramics Ireland CLAY/WORKS Members’ Exhibition @ Printworks
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm

Clay/works will feature the work of established alongside emerging makers celebrating the work of over 60 artists from the four corners of the country. The diverse range of ceramic work includes functional, decorative, wall panels and sculptural forms; there will be something to interest everyone in this exhibition of over 200 pieces.