Castletown House Celbridge
Castletown House in Celbridge will become a one-stop shop for old buildings requiring free advice on their care and repair, over one weekend in June.
The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with Kildare County Council and the Office of Public Works, and with the support of Creative Ireland, are holding an exhibition in the farmyard of the OPW’s Castletown House, Celbridge, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.
Throughout the weekend over 24 craftspeople will demonstrate the key traditional skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, including sash window repairs, use of lime-based mortars, decorative plasterwork, ironwork, slate roofing, thatching, stained glass and fanlight conservation, stone carving, dry stonewall construction, furniture and clock restoration to name a few.
Donough Cahill, Executive Director of the Irish Georgian Society said: "We are delighted to bring the Society’s annual traditional building skills exhibition to Kildare. The county has a wealth of architectural heritage that includes examples of Ireland’s finest Georgian country houses, such as the venue of this year’s exhibition, Castletown House, to modest vernacular thatched cottages, the extraordinary 19th century seminary campus at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, the fascinating collection of late 19th century building located at The Curragh Camp, as well as handsome courthouses, churches, shops, railway and canal buildings located throughout the county. These domestic, commercial, ecclesiastical, military and infrastructural buildings are of national significance and the exhibition presents an exceptional opportunity to view all the disciplines necessary for their conservation.”