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Promoting the City's Architectural Heritage

Dublin Civic Trust is an independent charitable organisation that works to recognise and protect the city’s architectural heritage.
As an educational trust, we are dedicated to the principles of building identification, sensitive repair and minimal intervention, as well as appropriate use of the city’s historic building stock.
We work in partnership with Government, local authorities and society to realise our vision of Dublin as an attractive and vibrant historic city.


Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to launch its flagship new publication
Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual

Price: €45

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image: rightIrish Period Houses is a complete revision of the previous edition of the book Period Houses, printed in 2001, which was a pioneering manual for best practice repair and maintenance of period houses in Dublin. The new edition, undertaken by the same author, building conservation accredited surveyor Frank Keohane, greatly widens the scope of the manual with a comprehensive array of new topics now covering all of Ireland.  

Period houses comprise a distinctive part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. They require a careful approach to repair and maintenance to ensure that their unique character is preserved. Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.

The book is arranged into 25 easily navigated chapters, with subjects ranging from traditional walls and roofs, windows, internal joinery, damp, timber decay, decorative finishes and energy efficiency. A unique feature is the array of specifications from historic builder’s manuals and architect’s instructions which provide an invaluable insight into how Ireland’s buildings were originally assembled.

Over 1000 colour illustrations and diagrams provide useful instruction on typical features and materials used in Irish traditional buildings, problems commonly encountered, and best practice solutions for their conservation, repair and replacement where necessary. Unlike other guidance books that specialise in specific areas of construction or conservation, Irish Period Houses provides an invaluable, holistic approach for the owner/occupier or building professional – ensuring that the right works are carried out at the right time, and that all factors are considered when undertaking repair or refurbishment works.

In the book, author Frank Keohane distils years of surveying experience working on historic buildings of all types and periods across Ireland. Many of the country's leading conservation contractors have also contributed to the rich array of instructive images and case studies featured.

For anyone who owns, manages or occupies a traditional building in Ireland, or who is thinking of taking on a building conservation project, this is the must-have, definitive reference guide to the subject.

Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual is available to buy directly from Dublin Civic Trust through its online store priced €45 (€54.00 with package and postage).

Bookshop sellers include:

Eason nationwide

Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Chapters, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2

National Gallery of Ireland shop, Clare Street, Dublin 2

RIAI Bookshop, Dublin 2

Books Upstairs, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2

Dubray Books, all outlets

Hanna's Bookshop, Rathmines

News & Announcements

Dublin Garden Squares Day 2016 - Saturday 21st May

10.30am - 5.00pm
Enjoy free expert walking tours of Dublin’s five main Georgian squares and associated parks and gardens in this annual staple event. Discover the history of these magnificent urban gardens, their plants and wildlife, the people who once used them and the historic buildings that embrace them.

Previous Exhibition

January - June 2015

Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Improving the Public Face of an Historic City Centre Street

This exhibition focused on one of Dublin’s most historic thoroughfares – Thomas Street.

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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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