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    Merrion Square is one of the most intact Georgian Squares located in the heart of Dublin city. Originally laid out in 1762, it is surrounded on three sides by Georgian redbrick houses, with the fourth side containing Government Buildings, the Natural History Museum, Leinster House and the National Gallery of Ireland.

    The square and its surrounding area is home to a series of national cultural institutions, including the National Art Gallery of Ireland, the Archaeological and Natural History sections of the National Museum of Ireland which combined attract close to 2million visitors each year.

    Merrion Square is also home to a range of other significant cultural organisations such as the Irish Traditional Music Archive, the Irish Architectural Archive, The Arts Council, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, as well as design studios, media companies and other creative businesses located in buildings which where once the grandest townhouses and homes in the city.

    The Merrion Square area also includes several hotels, ranging from 2* to 5* standard (the Shelbourne Hotel and Merrion Hotel respectively).

    Merrion Square also has many associations with significant figures in Ireland’s political and cultural history and among the many famous residents who have lived on Merrion Square are Daniel O’Connell, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats.

    The centre of Merrion Square is a public park, owned by Dublin City Council – a wonderful resource that has  seen several major improvements in recent years to to re-instate the Georgian features of the park.

    Merrion Square, the heart of Georgian Dublin, has a year round cultural and events programme to promote the area as a “go-to” place for national and international culture seekers. Enabled by Fáilte Ireland, the stakeholders and community around Merrion Square have come together through the Merrion Square Innovation Network to build awareness of the area’s rich history and heritage, and to stimulate civic pride.



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    Brendan Vacations

    Central Catholic Library

    College of Anaesthetists

    Discovery Programme

    Dublin City Council – Merrion Square Park

    Foras Na Gaeilge


    Heritage Island

    Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

    Irish Architectural Archive 

    Irish Architecture Foundation

    Irish Traditional Music Archive

    Leinster House

    National Concert Hall

    National Gallery of Ireland

    National Library of Ireland

    National Museum of Ireland  – Natural History

    National Print Museum

    No. 29, Georgian House Museum

    Notre Dame Centre

    O’Callaghan Hotels

    St Stephen’s Church (a.k.a. the Pepper Canister)

    RHA Gallery

    Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

    Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

    Screen Producers Ireland

    Shelbourne Hotel

    St. Patrick’s Festival

    The Doorway Gallery

    The Merrion Hotel

    Thirty Three Trees

    Trinity College

    United Arts Club