Welcome to the Dublin Civic Trust website
Dublin is a vibrant, historic capital city with a wealth of architectural heritage. From great Norman cathedrals and gracious Georgian streets and squares, to charming commercial thoroughfares of Victorian retail buildings, the city exhibits an extraordinary variety in its period building stock which lends it a distinctive character.
These buildings are a precious and finite resource, which hold cultural significance in an ever-changing world as examples of traditional design and craftsmanship that have stood the test of time. As observed by Patrick Fagan in The Second City, A Portrait of Dublin 1700-1760, "no historical period exists in a vacuum; Dublin was moulded and influenced by what preceded it, and it in turn had its effect on subsequent periods". There is now a greater and growing awareness amongst citizens and officials of our cultural past to which we are inextricably linked.
It is the objective of Dublin Civic Trust to retain the grain and readability of the city by conserving and encouraging sensitive reuse of period buildings, while supporting excellence in new design that enriches and complements the historic environment. We promote the concept of a living, breathing historic city with a vibrant residential population that is an attractive place to live, work and visit, and serves as a proud and fitting showcase of Ireland to the world.
Explore our website and find out about the innovation projects and policy work we have been undertaking to realise a more attractive and vibrant city. Sign up for our free newsletter or find us on social media sites so that we can keep you up to date on our activities and events. And please consider supporting our ongoing work by becoming a Friend of the Trust.
Dublin Civic Trust needs your support and engagement with the city.
News & Announcements
Lord Ardilaun, 1840~1915, Centenary Commemoration - Morning Seminar
Join Dublin Civic Trust for a commemorative morning seminar of lectures, discussion, walking tour, and obligatory Guinness lunch, marking the centenary of the death of Lord Ardilaun in 1915.
January - June 2015
Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Improving the Public Face of an Historic City Centre Street
This new exhibition, running until summer 2015, focuses on one of Dublin’s most historic thoroughfares – Thomas Street.
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Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Membership & Newsletter
The Trust is a forum for public engagement with the city and its architecture and built environment. We value your continued support for our efforts to protect and promote our shared patrimony and to realise the full potential of the city as a place to live, work and visit.
Our Newsletter keeps you updated on Dublin building and event news, as well as seminars, courses and special events run by the Trust.
By becoming a Friend of Dublin Civic Trust you can avail of benefits including discounts on courses and seminars held during the year, reduced rates on board room hire, and a 10% discount on Dublin Civic Trust books and publications purchased in our shop.
Learn the stories, people and events behind almost 300 buildings and places across Dublin city with this great new App for iPhone from Dublin Civic Trust. See Dublin on Foot is your essential companion to Dublin and its architecture. Now available for download from the AppStore – only €2.99.
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