culture night

Culture Night in Dublin 2014

Culture Night 2014 will take place on Friday, 19 September from 5pm-11pm.

There’s always so much to do on Culture Night its hard to get to everything. The solution is Culture Night Tours – let someone else guide you around the city! You can download the full programme here. Some tours are booked out already (including the two Georgian Music Trail tours) so get booking. There are still some great tours left. My personal favourites are the Liberties Tour here and the Stoneybatter and Smithfield Tour here.

Dublin Civic Trust are opening their doors to allow the public access to the whole building. The building is not  Georgian, it was built in the 1840s, but this is a fantastic opportunity to view one of the city centre’s best-preserved domestic and commercial buildings. You can find out more here.

Its always important to stay well-fed on Culture Night- there is so much to see and do you are best to avoid hangriness, particularly if you are out in a group. The Dublin Whiskey Company are not due to open their doors for a couple of months but you can get a sneak peak of what their premises is like on Friday when they open their doors to showcase local craft food and beer. You can see more here.

– Lisa

There are many venues of eighteenth century interest open on Culture Night this year, so I thought I’d pick out a few that you mightn’t have considered yet…

The Tailors’ Hall, Dublin 8, is a restored Georgian building and was the meeting place of the Guild of Merchant Tailors from 1706 to 1841. It is Dublin’s only surviving guildhall and is now headquarters of An Taisce. On Culture Night you can listen to live classical music played from the balcony overlooking the Great Hall. For more, click here.

The parish of St Ann was created in 1707 but building work on St Ann’s church did not start until the 1720s. Although the exterior of the church was replaced in 1868, the Georgian interior was designed by Isaac Wills, the architect who is credited with designing St Werburgh’s Church. On Culture Night St Ann’s will present a number of musical performances, including a performance of music from eighteenth-century Dublin which starts at 8.30pm. For more, click here.

Dunsink Observatory opened in 1785. Henry Ussher (1741-90), Trinity College’s first professor of astronomy, was responsible for choosing the Dunsink site, planning the observatory and overseeing construction. The observatory was later the home and workplace of the mathematician William Rowan Hamilton. Culture Night is a great opportunity to take a look around. For more, click here.

UCD’s Newman House comprises of two Georgian townhouses. No.85 St Stephen’s Green built in 1738 and has fine stuccowork by the Lafranchini brothers. No.86 was built by the Whaley family in 1765 and contains stuccowork by Robert West. On Culture Night Newman House will host an exhibition entitled ‘Acts to Arms: The Road to Woodenbridge, September 1914’. For more, see here.

– Suzanne