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Westport Study Day Friday 10th November 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:05:00 IST

The Irish Georgian Society and Mayo County Council, in association with Westport Historical Society and Westport Tourism, are partnering to deliver a study day celebrating the heritage and history of Westport House and its planned Georgian town.  Two hundred and fifty years ago, on Saint Patrick's Day 1767, Peter Browne of Westport House placed a notice to contractors and workmen in Dublin Faulkner's Journal informing them 'that a New Town is immediately to be built near the Old Town of Westport…according the Plans and Elevations, &c., already fixed upon, consisting of a large and elegant Market House, situated in the Center of an Octagonal Area of 200 Feet, and to be enclosed with Twelve large well finished slated Houses, together with three Avenues for Streets of thirty slated Houses, and several very large Streets for great Numbers of thatched Houses and Cabbins'.  So began the genesis of one of the finest pieces of Georgian planning in Ireland.

The Westport Study Day takes place in Westport House and will begin with a tour of the house by Kathryn Connolly.  A series of talks will follow and topics include The incremental construction of Westport House and its Architects; Miscellaneous Musing on the Architectural History of Westport House; and Holy Trinity Church, Westport.  Dr Eamon O'Flaherty will also give a brief account of the Westport Irish Historic Towns Atlas now in preparation.

The Westport Study Day costs €25 per person and prior booking is essential.  Download the brochure here: Westport Study Day 2017

  Westport Study Day 2017