Welcome to My World

As regular visitors to this site will know, in September the Irish Aesthete celebrated its tenth anniversary. To mark this occasion, at the end of the week, an exhibition of photographs taken over the past decade will open at the Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square, Dublin.

The Irish Aesthete: Ten Years in the Making will feature a wide selection of images, from country houses to cottages, from industrial buildings to ancient monasteries, from garden follies to graveyards. Some of these properties are in excellent repair, some in need of attention and some – inevitably – have joined Ireland’s already extensive list of ruins. All are part of the country’s architectural heritage and all are worthy of the attention they have received here.

Since 2012 the Irish Aesthete has taken more than 50,000 photographs (all with a mobile phone: we like to travel light). In the weeks ahead, a complete set of these is going to be given to the Irish Architectural Archive, a national institution and invaluable resource for anyone interested in Irish architecture and its history. Knowledge is only of value if it is shared. Providing the IAA with these images means anyone else interested in the country’s built heritage will have an opportunity to examine them and, one hopes, find something useful among the Irish Aesthete’s pictures . Should any reader here be in Dublin over the coming weeks, do pay the IAA a visit (there’s no admission charge). This isn’t the end of the collection; the idea is that it can continue growing as more photographs are taken. The Irish Aesthete has a future, as well as a past.

The Irish Aesthete: Ten Years in the Making can be seen at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from December 2nd until December 22nd, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. See https://iarc.ie for further information
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Sonbrook. 



14 comments on “Welcome to My World

  1. wildninja says:

    This is fantastic! As I’ve said before, I’ve never missed a post. And I’m astounded to learn that you do this all via mobile phone.

  2. Congratulations, and thank you for the wonderful opportunity to share your experience.
    Happy Christmas to you and yours and may your exhibition be a success.

  3. Thank you sir. What a splendid fellow you are. Someone should dub you a knight, an earl or a chieftain.

  4. Ciaran Cassidy says:

    What an outstanding gesture , Robert , the future generations will now have access to a most valuable resource of a once proud history of the built environment of the Irish civilisation . From the rich man in his Fort ,Castle ,Manor House,Palace to the poor man in his Craanog ,Cabin ,Cottage ,Farm House ,Shop ,Suburban Semi-D . And it is remarkable it is collated from a mobile app . In awe ,as ever and eternally gratefull .

  5. Well done; a remarkable achievement.

  6. J Caldwell says:

    Any plans to publish a book of your photographs? I think there are many people in & out of Ireland who would enjoy it.

  7. Congratulations!! What a body of work and thank you, thank you for all you do!

  8. jbc625@msn.com says:

    Bravo, Robert.

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  10. Jack Plane says:

    Congratulations for your first decade. Much appreciated and admired.

  11. lawrieweed says:

    Congratulations – A perfect repository for these invaluable photographs.

  12. Irene Wynne says:

    Good on ye ! Thanks for all the posts and videos.

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