Civic, Amenities & Urban Design

Launch of Irish Design Gallery

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Dun Laoghaire
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council today launched the Irish Design Gallery in Dún Laoghaire, following an extensive refurbishment of the historic Moran Park House. The house, which is a protected structure, has been beautifully and sensitively restored by the Council’s Architects’ Department.

Moran Park House, which was acquired by the Council in 1954, was constructed for the Harbour Master in 1845 and was originally known as “Harbour House”. It was renamed Moran Park House in 1961. It is a building of national significance and is recorded as being the location of the first wireless transmission by Gugielmo Marconi on 20th July 1898.

The restored building still retains many of its original period features and is in a prime location, forming part of the landscaped plaza surrounding the dlr LexIcon and considerable footfall along the Metals. On completion of the refurbishment, the Council sought expressions of interest from experienced retail operators to run a craft business at the Design Gallery, with studio spaces available for local designers to rent.

Sinéad Buckley Quinn of the Irish Design Gallery has now opened at Moran Park House. This is her second gallery (the Irish Design Gallery at Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, formerly the Design Loft), which showcases local designers, artists and photographers work. Everything on display in the gallery has been designed and handmade within a 50 mile radius. Further details are available atwww.irishdesigngallery.ie

Speaking at the launch of the Irish Design Gallery, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co, Cllr Barry Saul, said, “This is a beautiful space in which to showcase all the wonderful local designers and artists that we are so fortunate to have. The refurbishment not only modernises this historic building, it also respects the charm of the original house and has created what is now a truly unique art, craft and design retail space.”

Sinéad Buckley Quinn said, “This is a fantastic alternative route to market for many of the local designers. I am delighted to have the opportunity to set up the gallery at this wonderful location.”