Dublin - Dublin City / South Georgian Quarter

Government Buildings 23 Kildare St

In a first for Culture Night, the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht are opening the Government Offices at 23 Kildare Street from 6.30pm for a programme of readings and music as well as tours of this historic building.

Culture Ireland in partnership with Literature Ireland will host readings from contemporary writing by three of our leading writers:

  •         John Boyne (My Brother’s Name is Jessica The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas),
  •         Mary Costelloe (The River Capture, Academy Street),  and
  •         Sarah Davis Goff (Last Ones Left Alive).

There will also be traditional music and dance by performers from Cultúrlann, Monkstown arranged with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  Each presentation will involve Comhaltas artists who are part of Cultúrlann na hÉireann’s Summer Seisiún programme.  The artists will illustrate the breadth of the Irish traditional music and song repertoire and look forward to encouraging the audience to join in for a song.

23 Kildare Street is a rare example of brutalist art deco architecture, a style rarely seen in Dublin. This, the first bespoke Government Headquarters to be commissioned by the Irish Free State, was designed by architect J.R. Boyd Barrett, following a competition held in 1935.

Construction of the six storey building took almost four years and was completed in October 1942. The building contractors were John Sisk & Son and this was their first building in Dublin.

The two, massive panelled outer doors are made of bronze plate cast in the Dublin Foundry. They are they only bronze doors of their type in Ireland.

If you cross to the other side of Kildare Street you can see the sculptural reliefs carved into the stone façade by Irish artist Gabriel Hayes. The panel over the main entrance represents Lugh, the God of Light releasing a flight of aeroplanes to symbolise Aviation. Panels on the first floor balcony at the front represent the Shannon Scheme, the cement industry, spinning, pottery, shoemaking and the tobacco industry.

The performance programme begins at 6.30 pm and the tours of the building, on the quarter hour will be hosted available from 7pm, last tour from 8:30pm

Time: 6.30pm - 9pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Literature / Music

Features: Family friendly

Address: 23 Kildare Street, D2

Website: http://www.chg.gov.ie/

No Booking Required