Minister Josepha Madigan launches Open House Dublin 2019 at Dublin’s iconic Smithfield Market

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, today launched Open House Dublin 2019 at the iconic Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market in Dublin’s city centre.

The annual Open House Dublin festival is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and is Ireland’s largest architectural celebration. This year’s programme features highlights such as Ireland’s tallest building, Capital Dock Residence; the new Museum of Literature Ireland; a Brexit-focused bus tour of Dublin port; and a walking tour on the socio-cultural history of Dalymount Park.

As in previous years, 23 Kildare Street will also feature in the Open House programme with tours taking place throughout the day of Saturday 12 October. Designed in the late 1930s to house the Department of Industry and Commerce, 23 Kildare Street has been called ‘one of Dublin’s most interesting twentieth-century architectural gems’ and is now home to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Visitors to the building for Open House will have the opportunity to view the Women’s Pop Up Museum, which will be hosted there from 7 October. This exhibition looks at the key women (some well-known and other less so), who have contributed to shaping the State over the past 100 years.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Madigan said: “Open House Dublin provides us with the opportunity to explore and experience the outstanding architecture that surrounds us here in our capital, showcasing our buildings and public realm as an expression of our identity. This year’s event will encourage discussions on the responsibility of a city, and of the people who create, live and work in it; focusing on such key subjects as the climate crisis as well as collective action and quality design.”

An initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin has run annually since 2005. Open House Dublin 2019 will run from 11th to 13th October, and will focus on the theme of ‘City in Motion’. Over 120 buildings across the city will throw open their doors to the public for the festival weekend, with 160 events – ranging from building tours to family-friendly workshops – taking place.

Speaking at the launch of Open House Dublin, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, said: “Architecture is woven into the fabric of our lives – it dictates how we live, travel, work, learn, and socialise. Open House Dublin is an opportunity to take stock of the architecture around us and celebrate its significance and contribution to our lives.

All Open House Dublin events are free, but places for some are allocated on a lottery basis. The full programme of events is available at www.openhousedublin.com.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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