Learn how to take care of your protected house


There’s a certain cachet attached to owning a period property whether it be an artisan cottage, a Victorian redbrick or a Georgian townhouse but, as the saying goes, with age also comes great responsibility.

The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council are running a series of 12 weekly lunchtime lectures at 63 Merrion Square starting February 12th on the care and repair of period homes.

Lectures include “My house is a protected structure, what does that mean? (February 19th), “Sensitively extending your period home”(April 16th), and “Cracks, subsidence and structural alterations” (April 23rd).

One lecture that’s particularly pertinent is on energy performance in protected structures (March 12).

For those who are purely interested in the historical aspect of old homes, the first lecture by Dublin City Council’s heritage officer is on Dublin’s domestic architecture.There are lectures on historic windows (February 26) , doors and staircases (March 5th), bricks (March 19th) ironwork(April 2) and decorative plasterwork (April 9th).

The talks are €10 (€5 students) and if you book online you can attend all 12 lectures for a special reduced price of €100 (€50 students).

There will also be a series of Saturday morning walking tours, also €10 (€5 students).

See igs.iefor more details.