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Publications by Dublin Civic Trust

Dublin Civic Trust regularly publishes books, pamphlets and information leaflets on the built heritage of Dublin, some issued in conjunction with exhibitions hosted in their premises. Their 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. Other publications focus on specific topics of historical and architectural interest.

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  1. 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: €18 (includes postage)
    Authors: Colm Lennon & John Montague
    Format: Softback, 82 pages, with b&w illustrations

  2. Period Houses. A Conservation Guidance Manual.

    Our well known and most popular publication, 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: €33 (includes postage)
    Author: Frank Keohane
    Format: Softback, 148 pages with colour illustrations

  3. 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 (includes postage)
    Author: Robin Usher
    Format: Softback, 89 pages with b&w illustrations

  4. 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 (includes postage)
    Author: Graham Hickey
    Format: Softback, 58 pages with b&w illustrations

  5. 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 (includes postage)
    Author: Olwyn James
    Format: Softback, 83 pages with b&w illustrations

  6. 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.

    Price: OUT OF STOCK
    Author: Máiréad Ní Chonghaile
    Format: Softback, 85 pages with b&w illustrations

  7. 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 (includes postage)
    Authors: Staff of Dublin Civic Trust
    Format: Softback, 63 pages with colour illustrations