• Tuesday , 10 December 2019

NIAH Survey of North Dublin City

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin North City at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin, on Tuesday 8 December 2015. An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City, is the thirty-third to be published in the series and is the first of four planned for the city.

Arising from the survey, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recommended to Dublin City Council that 2,206 structures of architectural heritage significance be included on their Record of Protected Structures, an increase of 845 on their existing RPS. Minister Ó Ríordáin remarked, ‘I hope that the results of the survey will reinforce pride in our built heritage and ensure that it will be cherished for this and future generations.’ The survey and Introduction together paint a portrait of that part of the city enclosed by the Liffey, the Royal Canal, Phoenix Park and Dublin Bay. A wide range of structures is covered including the Custom House, a neo-Classical masterpiece of international significance; Busáras, a fine example of twentieth-century architecture; and the few surviving Victorian post boxes.

The extensive NIAH survey of Dublin north city was carried out by teams of skilled recorders and editors – Irish Architectural Surveys, Built Heritage Collective and Alastair Coey Architects. This research has been added to the online database (buildingsofireland.ie) which documents buildings throughout Ireland and is a wonderful resource for the public. The illustrated book, written by Merlo Kelly, is intended as a celebration of the various elements which make up the built heritage of north Dublin city – among them its streets and squares, public buildings and terraced housing, schools and churches, parks and post boxes. The text serves as a narrative through which the stages of urban development across the north city can be placed, and the role of its buildings understood – spanning from the Hiberno-Norse period to the close of the twentieth century. Buildings through the centuries is examined against a backdrop of historical, social, and political events. A rich collection of maps, drawings and photographs accompanies the narrative.


Merlo Kelly is a practicing architect and conservation consultant, and teaches at the School of Architecture, UCD. She was awarded the ICOMOS Rachel Mac Rory Memorial Award for her MUBC thesis on Dublin’s Gardiner estate, and an Arts Council Architectural Bursary for an exploration of the urban plot and design of external domestic space, comprising illustrative studies of the Roman Domus and the work of Alvar Aalto.


Author:                 Merlo Kelly

Editors:                 Barry O’Reilly, William Cumming

Photographer:    Stephen Farrell


Senior Architectural Advisor: William Cumming

Architectural Heritage Officers: Mildren Dunne, TJ O’Meara, Barry O’Reilly, Jane Wales

Survey Fieldwork: Irish Architectural Surveys (Eilíse McGuane, Edel Barry, Laura Bowen, Rosaleen Crushell, Stephen Farrell, Sunni Goodson, Merlo Kelly, Deirdre McDermott, Karin O’Flanagan, Jane O’Halloran, Maria Elena Turk, Daniel Yates); Built Heritage Collective (Eilíse McGuane, Edel Barry, Rosaleen Crushell, Natalie de Róiste); Alastair Coey Architects (Alastair Coey, Delia Graham, Aislinn Collins, Stephen Farrell, Robbie Graham, Sinéad Hughes, Sarah Kerr, Leeane Spiers). 

The book is priced at €12 and is available in bookshops or online from Wordwell Books at wordwellbooks.com/.

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