Archive for June 11th, 2009

The Irish Georgian Society: Traditional Building Skills Exhibition

11 June 2009

By Lisa-Marie Griffith

Pat Ronan Forge TBS Cork 2005

The Irish Georgian Society, now in it’s 51st year, is Ireland’s Architectural and Preservation Society. Anyone with a love of Irish architecture and period houses will be familiar with the society. Its stated aim is ‘to encourage an interest in and to promote the conservation of distinguished examples of architecture and the allied arts of all periods in Ireland’. The society was formed in 1958 to protest and prevent Georgian buildings around Ireland from being demolished and to promote the preservation of this wonderful Irish architectural heritage. In the 1950s the Irish state, and unfortunately many of the builders, architects and planners in Ireland, did not care about this heritage believing that these buildings were a symbol of the British regime in Ireland and a reminder of how repressive this regime was. In 2009 we should all know how ridiculous this is and how important these buildings are to our cultural landscape and yet many Irish Georgian buildings are still under threat. The society agitates for the preservation of these buildings through appeals, publicity and education, and throwing it’s weight behind groups who are fighting for the preservation of buildings in their locality. Of all of their education and outread programs, the one that has struck me as the most interesting is the Traditional Building Skills Exhibition that is taking place this Saturday and Sunday (and in conjunction with Roscommon Co. Council) at Strokestown Park, Roscommon.

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