Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall

Located at the top of Parliament Street on the city's southern side, it stands next to Dublin Castle, the centre of the British government in Ireland until 1922.

 

You can get there from Dublin Citi Hotel in a 3 minute walk. The opening hours are from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

 

The street had been built in 1753, providing a continuation of Capel Street on the north bank of the Liffey, across the newly widened Essex Bridge, and so the exchange ended (and still ends) a long streetscape.

 

History

 

-          City Hall was built between 1769 and 1779. The build took ten years to complete. When they decided to build City Hall a competition was advertised and 62 submissions were made. The winner of this Competition was Thomas Cooley, a young architect from London.

 

-          The Wide Streets Commission used the building in the late 1780s and 1790s to meet to discuss the planning of the city. If you walk around the outer ring of the Rotunda, you will notice that there is a distinct echo, this was done intentionally. When Thomas Cooley was designing the building, he designed it so that the echo would muffle private conversations that were had when walking around the room.

 

Today

-          The building was restored to its 18th-century appearance at the beginning of the 21st century, and Dublin City Council has won awards for the conservation of this historic building.

 

-          Most Dublin City Council staff are located in the relatively new and controversial Civic Offices, built from 1979 on the site of a national monument, the Viking city foundations on Wood Quay.

 

Exhibition             

 

-          ‘The story of the Capital’ is a multimedia exhibition tracing the civic history of Dublin City. The exhibition features artefacts such as the Seal of Dublin City, the Great Mace of Dublin and The Sword of the City. The exhibition traces the civic history of Dublin

 

-          There are interactive screens, video displays, information panels, artefacts and replica models recounting the tumultuous history of the city.

 

-          There is also one of the original Proclamations from the 1916 Easter Rising on display at City Hall. This Proclamation was donated by the family of Elizabeth O’Farrell, to the people of Dublin, in the 1950s.

 

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