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Architecture, urban history and conservation information

Dublin Civic Trust publishes books, pamphlets and information leaflets on the built heritage of Dublin. Our highly popular series of books on the secondary streets of Dublin brings the reader through the origins of each street, the history and architecture of their historic building stock, a full building inventory, and a vision for improvement.

Our flagship publication Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual has been relaunched for 2016 and can be purchased below.

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NEW – Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual 

€45.00 - directly from Dublin Civic Trust at 18 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7 (please telephone before collection)
€55.00 - with postage and packing within Ireland (please follow this link)
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Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual is a brand new revision of the previous edition of Period Houses, printed in 2001, which was a pioneering manual for best practice repair and maintenance of period houses in Dublin. The 2015 edition, undertaken by the same author, conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, greatly widens the scope of the manual with a comprehensive array of new topics now covering all of Ireland. 

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. 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. Author Frank Keohane distils years of surveying experience working on hundreds of 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. 

Author: Frank Keohane

Format: Hardback, 272 pages, with colour illustrations

The Streets of Dublin
1910 - 1911

This handsome new book comprises 45 essays written by former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alderman Thomas Kelly, as first published between October 1910 and December 1911 in Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist newspaper. They offer a fascinating insight into the Dublin of the nineteenth century, describing the streets, trades and indeed the hardship suffered by the population in the decades after the Act of Union in 1801 and the departure of the political class.

The book reproduces the series of articles in their own idiom and style, cataloguing the decline of the traditional trades and industries of the city as observed by Kelly. He recounts the history of many streets, giving us insights into the social and colourful life of many of their inhabitants. He has a clear view of the political realities of the time and outlines the effect the importation of cheap goods from England had on Irish ways of life. Kelly consistently expresses his concern for his fellow citizens, the effect the destruction of the traditional industries has had on their lives, and the consequent loss of their dignity. His narrative also contains judgment on many political figures of the nineteenth century and laments the decline of the fine buildings and streetscapes which had made Dublin a city of architectural significance and which, in his opinion writing in 1910, it no longer was.

Elegantly illustrated with original hand drawings by David Rowe, this is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in the social and landscape history of Dublin.

Price: €24.00
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Author: Thomas Kelly, edited by Sheila Carden

Format: Softback, 216 pages, with black & white, hand-drawn illustrations

John Rocque's Dublin
A Guide to the Georgian City

John Rocque's Exact survey of the city and suburbs of Dublin, published in 1756, is one of the most invaluable records of the plan, make-up and historic form of the 18th century city of Dublin. Not only is the Exact survey a great achievement by way of accuracy, design and an astonishing level of detail, it also affords an insight into a city that is at once familiar and yet in part utterly unrecognisable to the modern eye.

This marvellously researched new publication from The Royal Irish Academy reproduces forty extracts from the original map, each one accompanied by a commentary. These illuminating texts reveal particular elements of Rocque's cartography at the level of individual streets and buildings, intended to enhance our appreciation of the Exact survey and the extraordinary snapshot in time of urban history it lays before us. An essential publication for anyone with an interest in Dublin and the forces that shaped the city we inhabit today.

Price: €22.50
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Authors: Colm Lennon & John Montague

Format: Softback, 82 pages, with black & white illustrations

Redrawing Dublin

A refreshingly honest and provocative assessment, Redrawing Dublin is a story of a city. It is a celebration and affirmation of Dublin and the people who live there. It is both a visual essay and an act of 'action urbanism'. A strong theme in the book is the inherent tensions between urban and suburban Dublin, asking what type of city Dublin really is. What is the difference between the inner city and Dublin city centre? And why is it desirable to live in one but not the other? Redrawing Dublin promotes real urbanism, celebrating diversity and championing city living, asking the base question: what would it take to make you live in the inner city? It challenges policy makers, officials and citizens to confront Dublin's urban contradictions; this is a story that asks uncomfortable questions but offers hopeful solutions.

Through the use of provocative and insightful imagery, Redrawing Dublin stretches the imagination to deconstruct and reconstruct a city. A must-have publication for every citizen and champion of Dublin.

Price: €45
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Authors: Paul Kearns & Motti Ruimy

Format: Hardback, 360 pages with colour illustrations

17th Century Dublin Cookbook
A Book of Cookery

"For Dressing of Several Dishes of Meat and Making of Several Sauces and Seasoning for Meat or Fowl"

Almost forgotten for generations at the back of a drawer, Hannah Alexander's 'A Book of Cookery' - which was first penned in Dublin in the late seventeenth century - has finally made it into print. Carefully compiled by the author’s descendants, this recipe book is more than just a delightful foray into Irish dining habits of times gone by. It is an important social history that provides an abundance of information about Ireland's import trade, the Irish culinary imagination, and one of the few ways in which the increasing number of literate women of the time expressed themselves: by writing about the foods, special treats, drinks and home remedies they prepared for their families and friends.

Perfect for dipping into, A Book of Cookery provides a wealth of recipes for the adventurous modern-day cook, ranging from 'Hedghogg Pudding' to 'Pye of Mutton to look like beefe'. It also includes fascinating details of the his­torical and social context of its author, Hannah Alexander, who lived in Dublin’s Great Ship Street. Her daughter, Hannah Dorothea, living on nearby Aungier Street, also contributed to the book and ensured that it was kept for future generations.

A rare book with a uniquely local cachet, this is a must-have reference for every Dublin kitchen.

Price: €17
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Author: Introduction by Jennifer Nuttall née Alexander, edited by Deirdre Nuttall

Format: Softback, 197 pages with black & white illustrations

Period Houses (2001)
A Conservation Guidance Manual

Our well known and most popular publication, the first edition of Period Houses is a comprehensive guidance manual on the principles of maintenance, repair and conservation for the owners and occupiers of period houses, as well as their professional advisers. The manual covers a broad range of subjects, including structural problems and their repair, joinery, brickwork, ironwork, decorative plasterwork and much more. While the book concentrates mainly on period houses in Dublin, the principles set out can be applied to a wide variety of historic houses and buildings around the country.

Price: €20
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Author: Frank Keohane 

Format: Softback, 148 pages with colour illustrations

Dawson, Molesworth & Kildare Streets D2

Dawson, Molesworth and Kildare Streets comprise the most prestigious network of streets in Dublin, located in a parkland setting between the grounds of Trinity College and St. Stephen's Green. They play host to some of the most important buildings and institutions of State in Ireland, and feature a unique blend of Georgian townhouses and Victorian retail premises. Discover the story behind their development, the people who lived and worked there and the buildings they occupied. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Dawson, Molesworth and Kildare Streets.

Price: €16
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Author: Robin Usher

Format: Softback, 89 pages with b&w illustrations

Meath & Francis Street D8

Meath Street and Francis Street in Dublin's Liberties are two of the most historically significant streets in Dublin, with their origins rooted in the expansion of the medieval western suburb of the city. Their building stock has seen much change in recent years but many historic buildings remain, some of which are amongst the oldest in Dublin. Today the streets play an important role in the social and commercial life of the Liberties, with a distinctive character that is worth protecting. Learn about some of the earliest estate management in Dublin, the 'Dutch Billy' legacy, and the commercial enterprises of the Victorian period. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Meath Street and Francis Street.

Price: €16
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Author: Graham Hickey

Format: Softback, 58 pages with b&w illustrations 

Capel Street D1

Capel Street is a narrow thoroughfare leading from Bolton Street to the River Liffey. An aristocratic residential street in the 18th century, it was once one of the most fashionable addresses in the city, laid out by Sir Humphrey Jervis on the lands of St. Mary's Abbey. Is now a vibrant commercial street with a host of local businesses, occupying charming converted townhouses and purpose-built Victorian retail premises. Discover the story of Boland's Bakery, the original designs for Essex Bridge, and catch glimpses of some of the oldest staircases in Dublin. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Capel Street.

Price: €16
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Author: Olwyn James

Format: Softback, 83 pages with b&w illustrations 

Camden & Wexford Street D2

Camden Street and Wexford Street are vibrant market streets stretching from the south inner city to the South Circular Road. Comprising part of a medieval route from the southern suburb of Rathmines into Dublin city, the road developed into a series of substantial urban streets over the course of the 18th century, lined with brick houses occupied by professionals and aristocracy often associated with nearby Dublin Castle. Today the streets exhibit a strong, 19th century mercantile tradition, with their bustling mixture of shops, service providers and market traders. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Camden Street and Wexford Street.


Author: Máiréad Ní Chonghaile

Format: Softback, 85 pages with b&w illustrations 

Thomas Street D8

Thomas Street is one of the oldest streets in Dublin, corresponding to the eastern terminus of the great Slige Mor, one of Ireland's four ancient highways. In the medieval period it developed into the most important street in the western suburb of Dublin, lined with timber cage-work houses and later brick dwellings in the gabled 'Dutch Billy' style. The strong mercantile and industrial tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries can still be seen today in the impressive array of commercial buildings that line the street, interspersed with modest townhouses and fine historic churches. Discover the story of St. Thomas's Abbey, Power's Distillery and the exploits of the Wide Streets Commission. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Thomas Street.

Price: €16
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Author: Emmeline Henderson

Format: Softback, 81 pages with b&w illustrations

Pearse Street D2

Pearse Street stretches from the city centre to where the circular line of the Grand Canal meets the sea. Sited on land reclaimed from the Liffey estuary, it is a relatively young street, coming to prominence in the early 19th century as a grand commercial thoroughfare planned by the Wide Streets Commissioners flanking the grounds of Trinity College. With a highly eclectic building stock dating from a variety of periods, Pearse Street is one of the most fascinating streets in Dublin. Featuring an extensive chapter outlining a vision for the future of the thoroughfare, this book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of Pearse Street.

Price: €18
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Author: Katriona Byrne

Format: Softback, 135 pages with b&w illustrations

South William Street D2

South William Street is one of the most elegant streets in Dublin, with its gracious mix of Georgian townhouses and Victorian retail premises. Named after William Williams who laid out the street in 1676, it came to prominence in the 18th century as a fashionable enclave of townhouses located close to St. Stephen's Green, spurred on by the decision of Lord Powerscourt to construct his townhouse there, one of the great mansions of Dublin. South William Street is now re-emerging as a fashionable destination for café life, boutiques and niche retailing. Discover the magnificent interiors that lurk behind the street's stoical facades and the people who lived there. This book will bring you on a journey through the social and architectural history of South William Street.


Author: Julie Craig

Format: Softback, 59 pages with b&w illustrations

Henrietta Street - Numbers 8-10

The grandest and formerly the most fashionable Georgian street in Dublin, Henrietta Street on the city's northside hosts some of the finest urban mansions of any city in these islands. Built on a lavish scale with remarkable attention to interior decoration, Numbers 8-10, owned by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, are the oldest houses on the street dating to the early 1730s. With a particular focus on these houses, this beautifully illustrated book explores the history of Dublin's most celebrated Georgian enclave, offering an insight into each of the houses on the street, their design and their social background. The magnificent restoration of Nos. 8-10 by the Daughters of Charity is also charted. An ideal gift for anyone with an interest in Georgian Dublin.

Price: €16
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Authors: Staff of Dublin Civic Trust

Format: Softback, 63 pages with colour illustrations

See Dublin on Foot
An Architectural Walking Guide

An extensive walking guide to the city of Dublin, with selected area maps, street histories and hundreds of building descriptions and photographs. A must-have for young and old alike, this comprehensive contemporary manual is essential for anyone with an interest in the development and architectural heritage of Dublin, and for visitors touring the city on foot.

Price: €10 (includes postage to Ireland and internationally)

Author: Julie Craig

Format: Softback, 76 pages with colour illustrations

The Legacy of Light
A History of Irish Windows

The window is the key to understanding the modest beauty of Irish classical architecture, and this landmark book affords a rare insight into the unique heritage of Irish windows. In any street or town, windows are the focal point of classically proportioned buildings designed according to Greek and Roman principles of architecture. Even the thatched cottage with its tiny sashed windows harks back directly to classical rules of proportion and geometry.

The fascinating story of how we swapped dark, defensive medieval castles for the elegant buildings of the Georgian and Victorian eras is told by Dr Nessa Roche. It is superbly illustrated by photographer Hugh MacConville, who has recorded exquisite window designs in the most unlikely settings. Contents include how and why windows were arranged as they are, a guide to historic glass and glass-making, the composition of the sash window, regional window styles and a strongly argued case for conserving and maintaining original window fabric.


Author: Nessa Roche

Format: Hardback, 104 pages with colour illustrations

Wallpapers - The History and Conservation of Wallpaper in Ireland

Published as part of an historic wallpapers exhibition hosted by Dublin Civic Trust, this beautifully illustrated 8-page colour pamphlet charts the development of wall coverings and wallpapers from the 1600s to the present day. It describes wallpaper types, manufacturing techniques and changing styles and fashions in 18th and 19th century Ireland. Wallpaper conservator and manufacturer, David Skinner, also provides an insight into the challenges of conserving historic wallpapers and the processes involved in reproducing them utilising traditional techniques. A rare, must-have resource for anyone interested in historic interior decoration.

Price: €6
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Author: Charles Duggan, with David Skinner

Format: Pamphlet, 8 pages with colour illustrations

The Irish House - An Teach Gaelach
Public House 1870-1968

One of the most eccentric buildings ever erected in Dublin, The Irish House on Wood Quay stood as a unique architectural statement of political and historical intent. Erected in 1870 as a public house, its distinctive facade of nationalistic iconography playing out scenes from Irish history overlooked the River Liffey for almost a century, until its demolition in 1968 for the building of Dublin Corporation's Civic Offices.

A series of short essays by those who knew and have studied the building, this well illustrated 35-page colour booklet, in both English and Irish, shines a light on one of the many forgotten buildings from Dublin's past.

Price: €7.50
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Contributors: Peter Walsh, Professor Kevin B. Nowlan, Nicki Gordon Bowe, Sean Lynch & Graham Hickey

Format: Booklet, 35 pages with colour illustrations

Father Browne at Home
Photographs from 1894 - 1937

Until the latter part of the twentieth century the photographic genius of Frank Browne, who became an Irish Jesuit priest, was only known to his close family. Wherever he went he recorded the fruits of people's work, and landscapes created by both man and nature.

The photographs in this beautifully illustrated new hardback book by his great grand nephew, architect John Martin, illustrate Father Browne's first phase of photography, which features a personal slant. Subjects include his own family, personal correspondence, Clongowes Wood College, the Titantic, and scenes from the Great War - many published for the first time. A fine tribute to the life and legacy of Father Browne.


Author: John C. Martin

Format: Hardback, 106 pages with sepia illustrations

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