The Ireland Funds

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    Daniel O’Connell Room, Assembly House, Dublin, restored with JLGreene support

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    Daniel O’Connell Room, Assembly House, Dublin

  • City Assembly House on Dublin's South William Street after facade restoration

  • Spencer Harper III, Christina McInerney, and Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO, The Worldwide Ireland Funds

Saving the Architectural Treasures of Ireland

“The long, hard fight to rescue Ireland’s Georgian architecture from desuetude and destruction has taken a great deal of time, effort and money.”
— Robert O’Byrne, a columnist for the Apollo Magazine

The Ireland Funds was formed in 1976 and is the leading American charitable organization operating in Ireland. Its support has been central in preserving many of the uniquely Irish artistic and cultural accomplishments, promoting the development of the creative talent of future generations, and providing significant economic and social benefits to communities throughout the island of Ireland. To continue the good work, the Foundation made a grant to The Ireland Funds to support the Irish Georgian Society, an organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, teaching about and providing access to Ireland’s magnificent eighteenth and nineteenth century architectural treasures. In 2012, the Foundation provided funds to restore the handsome Daniel O’Connell Room in Dublin’s Assembly House, ca. 1766-1771, the first purpose-built public art gallery in the British Isles. Originally intended to support a community of artists in the heart of a thriving city, the Assembly House once again welcomes the public for art exhibits, lectures, concerts and tours, as well as providing a permanent home to the Irish Georgian Society. A 2015 grant will fund the restoration of the Assembly House facade and reinstallation of period appropriate windows.

In addition, The Ireland Funds has a long tradition of investing in community initiatives. With a grant to The Ireland Funds, the Foundation enabled the Irish Community Rapid Response Program to raise matching community funds to equip volunteer medical professionals with “emergency kits” and training. Their work provides desperately needed emergency medical care and ambulance service in rural areas.