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27 November 2008

Ballyfermot’s new pool complex a positive legacy of the boom

The Celtic Tiger has vanished, as we all know, but some positive legacies have been left for people to enjoy during the recession when we’ll have more time to relax. Foremost among these...

26 November 2008

A 50-Year Battle to Save Old Ireland

When Desmond and Mariga Guinness first lived here in the 1950s, they were unlikely champions of Irish architecture. Mrs. Guinness, the daughter of a German prince, had grown up in Europe and Japan,...

25 November 2008

National Policy on Town Defences launched

The National Policy on Town Defences sets out “the national policy for the protection, preservation and conservation of historic urban defences in Ireland. The Policy is a further development in progressing the Walled...

20 November 2008

Glass extension designed for gazing at the garden

When the owners of this west Dublin house commissioned an architect to design them an extension, they were not only improving their own home but also offering their daughter a valuable lesson. Ruth...

20 November 2008

New concert arena has a point to make

The Romans would recognise the shape of Dublin’s new O2 arena on North Wall Quay, even though it is all indoors and festooned with air-conditioning ducts and lighting gantries, with bars and food...

19 November 2008

Denis Byrne Architects wins Bord Gáis Competition

Bord Gáis Networks has announced that the winner of the National Distribution Control Building at Dubber Cross, Finglas is Denis Byrne Architects. The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) administered the...

17 November 2008

Orchestral manoeuvres on the campus

We don’t hear many good-news stories in these days of doom and gloom; but today’s official opening of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s new building, on the campus of the University of Limerick (UL),...

13 November 2008

Turning the corner in social housing design

York Street flats were the last real slums in Dublin to survive into the 21st century, and probably provided a setting for films that needed an authentic “tenement” backdrop. But now they’ve been...

13 November 2008

UL gets permission for Grafton Architects’ Medical School

The University of Limerick has received planning permission from Clare County Council to build its €12M medical school across the Shannon from the main campus. It is hoped that construction will begin on...