Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin launches NIAH Survey of Dublin North CityWed, 09 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin North City at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin, on Tuesday 8th December 2015. The survey, which is available online, is accompanied by an illustrated book, An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City, the thirty-third to be published in the series. The Introduction is the first of four planned for the city.
Arising from the survey, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recommended to Dublin City Council that 2,206 structures of architectural heritage significance be included on their Record of Protected Structures, an increase of 845 on their existing RPS. Minister Ó Ríordáin remarked: "I hope that the results of the survey will reinforce pride in our built heritage and ensure that it will be cherished for this and future generations".
The survey and Introduction together paint a portrait of that part of the city enclosed by the Liffey, the Royal Canal, Phoenix Park and Dublin Bay. A wide range of structures is covered including the Custom House, a neo-Classical masterpiece of international significance; Busáras, a fine example of twentieth-century architecture; and the few surviving Victorian post boxes.
Minister Ó Ríordáin emphasised the important role of the survey as a tool for assisting Dublin City Council in the future protection of the architectural heritage of the city. He added: "If historic buildings are to survive as our legacy to the future, they will have to be adapted to cater for the changing needs of their occupants. The challenge is to manage change without sacrificing the intrinsic character of the building".
Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, representing the Lord Mayor, commented: "This survey is a significant milestone in recognising the importance of the built heritage of Dublin City. It is a hugely valuable resource, and is particularly relevant on the eve of the centenary of the Easter Rising. In addition, the survey will assist us in supporting the Living City Initiative to bring new life to older buildings in the city".
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Dr. Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery; and Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Dublin City Council, at the launch of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin North City at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin