The Guinness Legacy in the Liberties - Open House Dublin 2022
Outdoor Tour

The Guinness Legacy in the Liberties

Francis Street, Dublin
Tour Dates & Times
  • Sunday 16 October:
  • 11am – 12.30pm
Interior of derelict market with green foliage taking over the groung Exterior of building with horse carriage on the foreground Plaque on Bull Alley façade of Iveagh Buildings where it reads Iveagh Trust Buildings 1907

Over several generations members of the Guinness brewing family have left their mark on the city of Dublin. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Liberties.

The founder of the company, the first Arthur Guinness, was a generous supporter of several Dublin charities as was his son who is sometimes referred to as Arthur Guinness II. In 1860 Arthur II’s son, Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, undertook the mammoth task of the complete restoration of St Patrick’s Cathedral which had become very dilapidated. Following that, in the early twentieth century, Sir Benjamin’s son, Edward Cecil, first Earl of Iveagh and great grandson of the original Arthur Guinness, began an extensive programme of urban renewal in the Bull Alley area to the north of the cathedral. This was a comprehensive large scale development that included a new park, social housing, public baths, men’s hostel, children’s play centre, and two market halls with a laundry for public use attached. All of this was built to a very high standard exemplifying the skills of the best craftsmen, builders and architects of the day.

Starting at the iconic Iveagh Markets, we’ll explore this legacy. We will also look at nearby housing built around the same time by Dublin Corporation and by the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Company.

Please note: Regrettably, there is no access to the Market buildings.

This tour is hosted in collaboration with the Liberties Cultural Association.

Meeting point: steps of the Iveagh Market, Francis Street

Accessibility Information

Walking tour on public pathways. This tour will take place on paved surfaces with steps and adjacent ramps.

Wheelchair accessible, Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© Kieran Doyle O'Brien




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