It is the Georgian heritage that most strongly defines our capital city. However, Diarmuid Ó Gráda can show us a Dublin quite unlike that depicted in the conventional histories of grand red-brick squares and elegant drawing rooms.
Phenomenal population growth was forced on a place where local government, the workshops and the streets themselves had changed little since medieval times. In the course of the century the number of Dubliners trebled and the city was quite unprepared for the urgent challenge of feeding and housing so many people. Dublin’s adjustment to the new reality gave rise to widespread civil unrest and there were periods when the city was running out of control. Ó Gráda explains the processes at work, comparing Dublin’s successes and failures with events in other European cities.
Diarmuid Ó Gráda is a Dublin planning consultant. He was awarded the first planning doctorate in the Irish republic and was a founder member of the Irish Planning Institute. He is an adjudicator in the Tidy Towns Competition and gives planning lectures at UCD. His opinion articles on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines.
Exclusive offer to RDS Members:
RDS Members who book for this talk and attend, will be entered in a free draw with a chance to win a signed copy of Diarmuid’s book, 'Georgian Dublin: The Forces That Shaped the City'. The draw will take place after the talk on April 4.
The above talk is admission free but prior booking is essential.
Voluntary donations by attendees to assist in covering costs are welcomed.