The NCH site at Earlsfort Terrace dates from 1865, when it was built to host the Great Exhibition. After becoming a University, it was the stage for significant events surrounding the War of Independence, including the Dáil Éireann debates on ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922, which took place in the College Council Chamber, now the Kevin Barry Recital Room. In 1981 this long-standing dream of Irish music lovers was realised when President Hillery opened An Ceoláras Náisiúnta. It remains one of the nations finest cultural assets occupying a historic landmark building in the centre of Dublin.
People like you make Open House Dublin possible!
Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. Open House Dublin is just one part of a dynamic programme of activity through which we encourage people to engage with their built environment, to encourage new ways of thinking about architecture.
But we can’t do this alone – our supporters make a huge difference to our programme and what we are able to deliver to our audiences of all ages. Our Friends are at the heart of what we do, and by joining the IAF Family as a Friend you’ll ensure that we can continue to grow and create more innovative and exciting events that inspire people to understand and shape their world.
Become a Friend of the IAF today from as little as €30 per annum, and you’ll be the first to hear about our great plans and be rewarded with a few perks along the way. You can also become a Sponsor, make a donation or consider leaving a legacy. Find out more about the options below.Become a Friend Donate/Sponsor/Legacy