Building for the future
Pól Ó Muirí
The headquarters of Conradh na Gaeilge in Dublin, Number 6, Harcourt Street, – one of the city’s most historic buildings – will be officially reopened tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd at 6pm) by Minister for the Gaeltacht, Éamon Ó Cuív after a quarter of a million euro facelift. The building has some history behind it. Six of the seven signatories of the Declaration of Independence during the Easter Rising were members of Conradh na Gaeilge; the tunnel in which Michael Collins and others in the IRB escaped from British troops is still under the house; the first Finance Ministry in the Free State was housed on the site; Sinn Féin’s bank was also in situ during the War of Independence and the results of the 1918 election were announced from its steps.
President of Conradh na Gaeilge, Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, said that he was grateful for all the help the Department of the Gaeltacht and their own members had given in renovating the premises. The group’s general secretary, Julian de Spáinn, said that they intended to develop it as a centre for Irish-language events, conferences and classes in the city.
As part of the celebrations, Conradh na Gaeilge are offering guided-tours of the premises to the public between 4.30pm and 6.30pm tomorrow and there will also be a session in Harcourt Street basement Irish-language club.