EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum & The chq Building

Photo: Susanna Corniani

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum & The chq Building

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Friday 13 October, 11.00am – 11.30am
Friday 13 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Saturday 14 October, 11.00am – 11.30am
Saturday 14 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm

A location like no other in Dublin, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is located in the recently conserved vaults of the Grade I listed CHQ building, overlooking the River Liffey and George’s Dock. One of Dublin’s most architecturally significant buildings, it was designed in 1820 by architect John Rennie and was Ireland’s first completely iron roofed warehouse. The atmospheric barrel-vaulted basement in which the museum is housed were formerly used to store imported wine and spirits and retain many of their original features. In 1856 the building also hosted ‘The Crimean Banquet’ for 3,628 veterans of the Crimean War and 1,000 non-military personnel, one of the largest indoor events ever to take place in Ireland. Architecturally sensitive conservation works have been carried out by Darmody Architects over the last two years; for which they received the ‘Commended Project Award for a Cultural Building’ at the 2017 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Tours will be given at 11 am and 2 pm on the 13th & 14th October. Meet at EPIC ticket desk. Please arrive 10 minutes in advance.

Designed by: John Rennie / Darmody Architects
Building Date: 1820 / 2017
Location: 1 Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin

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