Irish Georgian Society
The Foundation made a grant to support the Irish Georgian Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Ireland’s magnificent eighteenth and nineteenth century architectural treasures. The Foundation provided funds to restore the handsome Daniel O’Connell Room in Dublin’s Assembly House. Built by the Society of Artists in Ireland two hundred and fifty years ago to encourage the development of native Irish artists and sculptors, it is the first purpose-built public art gallery in the British Isles.
For the completion of the renovation, the inaugural exhibition brought together many of the original paintings that once hung in the great octagonal room. 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.