Photo: Niamh McCabe
The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
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Saturday 14 October, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Number 63 Merrion Square is home to the library and collections of the Royal Society of Antiquaries. In 1787, the long narrow plot was leased to the successful Dublin businessman and property developer, Joseph Sandwith. The House, its garden and mews went through a number of owners since the 1790s, but have been in the hands of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland since 1917. For this reason it continues to retain many original features which have been lost in neighbouring houses, and the Society is particularly fond of its recently restored Georgian garden, which is unique in the city. Regular visitors to the House will be able to take in the results of recent conservation work carried out on the ornate plasterwork in the House and an exciting colour change in the Reception rooms. Tours of the Society House will take place on the hour between 11am and 3pm.