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Dublin
Dublin
Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government's administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland
Ireland
under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland
Ireland
(1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Ireland
(1800–1922). After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Anglo-Irish Treaty
in December 1921, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins.[1] The castle today is a major tourist attraction and conferencing destination. The building is also used for State dinners (the most recent being for Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
in 2011) and most significantly, the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.

Contents

1 Roles 2 History 3 State apartments 4 Towers 5 Film and music 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Roles[edit]

Entry to the State Apartments

Dublin
Dublin
Castle fulfilled a number of roles through its history. Originally built as a defensive fortification for the Norman city of Dublin, it later evolved into a royal residence, resided in by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Ireland
or Viceroy of Ireland, the representative of the Monarchy. The second in command in the Dublin
Dublin
Castle administration, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, also had his offices there. Over the years parliament and law courts met at the castle before moving to new purpose-built venues. It also served as a military garrison. "Castle Catholic" was a pejorative term for Catholics who were considered to be overly friendly with or supportive of the British administration. Upon formation of the Free State in 1922, the castle temporarily assumed the role of the Four Courts, whose building had been badly damaged during the Civil War. This arrangement would last for a decade. It was decided in 1938 that the inauguration of the first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde
Douglas Hyde
would take place in the castle, and the complex has been host to this ceremony ever since. The castle is also used for hosting official State visits as well as more informal foreign affairs engagements, State banquets, and Government policy launches, as well as acting as the central base for Ireland's hosting of the European Presidency approximately every 10 years. Two dedicated conference facilities, The Hibernia Conference Centre and The Printworks, were installed for the European Presidencies of 1990 and 2013. History[edit]

Soldiers at Dublin
Dublin
Castle in 1830

Dublin
Dublin
Castle and Black Pool

The Record Tower, the sole surviving tower of the medieval castle dating from c.1228. To its left is the Chapel Royal.

Dublin
Dublin
Castle was first founded as a major defensive work by Meiler Fitzhenry on the orders of King John of England
John of England
in 1204,[2] some time after the Norman invasion of Ireland
Ireland
in 1169, when it was commanded that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King's treasure.[3] Largely complete by 1230, the castle was of typical Norman courtyard design, with a central square without a keep, bounded on all sides by tall defensive walls and protected at each corner by a circular tower. Sited to the south-east of Norman Dublin, the castle formed one corner of the outer perimeter of the city, using the River Poddle
River Poddle
as a natural means of defence along two of its sides. The city wall directly abutted the castle's northeast Powder Tower, extending north and westwards around the city before rejoining the castle at its southwestern Bermingham Tower. In 1620 the English-born judge Luke Gernon
Luke Gernon
was greatly impressed by the wall: "a huge and mighty wall, foursquare, and of incredible thickness".[4] The Poddle was diverted into the city through archways where the walls adjoined the castle, artificially flooding the moat of the fortress's city elevations. One of these archways and part of the wall survive buried underneath the 18th-century buildings, and are open to public inspection.

Soldiers at Dublin
Dublin
Castle, c.1905

Through the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
the wooden buildings within the castle square evolved and changed, the most significant addition being the Great Hall built of stone and timber, variously used as Parliament house, court of law and banqueting hall. The building survived until 1673, when it was damaged by fire and demolished shortly afterwards. The Court of Castle Chamber, the Irish counterpart to the English Star Chamber, sat in Dublin
Dublin
Castle in a room which was specially built for it about 1570. The Castle sustained severe fire damage in 1684. Extensive rebuilding transformed it from medieval fortress to Georgian palace. No trace of medieval buildings remains above ground level today, with the exception of the great Record Tower (ca. 1228–1230); it is the sole surviving tower of the original fortification, its battlements an early 19th-century addition.[5] United Irishmen
United Irishmen
General Joseph Holt, a participant in the 1798 Rising, was incarcerated in the Bermingham Tower before being transported to New South Wales in 1799. In 1884 officers at the Castle were at the centre of a sensational homosexual scandal incited by the Irish Nationalist politician William O'Brien through his newspaper United Ireland.[6] In 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels
Irish Crown Jewels
were stolen from the Castle. Suspicion fell upon the Officer of Arms, Sir Arthur Vicars, but rumours of his homosexuality and links to socially important gay men in London, may have compromised the investigation. The jewels have never been recovered.[7]

Plan of Dublin
Dublin
Castle and grounds with pedestrian entrance highlighted

Carved head of Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
on the Chapel Royal

Panorama

At the very beginning of the Easter Rising
Easter Rising
of 1916 a force of twenty-five Irish Citizen Army
Irish Citizen Army
members were able to seize the entrance and guard-room of the Castle, before reinforcements for the small garrison arrived.[8] During the Anglo-Irish War
Anglo-Irish War
the Castle was the nerve centre of the British effort against Irish separatism. On the night of Bloody Sunday in 1920, three Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
members Dick McKee, Conor Clune
Conor Clune
and Peadar Clancy, were tortured and killed there.[9][10][11] When the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
came into being in 1922, Dublin
Dublin
Castle ceased to function as the administrative seat. It served for some years as temporary Courts of Justice (the Four Courts, the home of the Irish courts system, had been destroyed in 1922). After the courts vacated the premises, the Castle was used for state ceremonies. As President of the Executive Council, Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
received credentials there from newly arrived ambassadors to Ireland
Ireland
on behalf of King George V in the 1930s. In 1938, Douglas Hyde
Douglas Hyde
was inaugurated as President of Ireland
Ireland
at the Castle. Inaugurations of subsequent presidents took place there in 1945, 1952, 1959, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1983, 1990, 1997 and 2011. President Erskine Hamilton Childers' lying-in-state took place there in November 1974, as did that of former President Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
in September 1975. The castle is a tourist attraction and, following major refurbishment, is also used as a conference centre. During Ireland's presidencies of the European Union it has been the venue of many meetings of the European Council. The crypt of the Chapel Royal is now used as an arts centre, and occasional concerts are held in the grounds of the Castle. The complex of buildings is usually open to the public, except during state functions. Dublin
Dublin
Castle is currently maintained by the Office of Public Works, and houses, among other things, offices of the Revenue Commissioners in a 20th-century building at the end of the Castle Yard, some elements of the Office of Public Works itself in an old stables area, and some functions of the Garda Síochána. The castle complex also hosts the Chester Beatty Library, in a purpose-constructed facility, and the Garda Museum. State apartments[edit]

St Patrick's Hall

State drawing room

The state apartments, located in the southern range of buildings of the Upper Yard, contain the rooms formerly used by the Lord Lieutenant for personal accommodation and public entertaining during the Castle Season.[12] Today these richly decorated rooms are used by the Irish government for official engagements including policy launches, hosting of State Visit ceremonial, and the inauguration of the President every seven years. The principal rooms of the state apartments include:

Saint Patrick's Hall

This is the grandest room of the state apartments, and contains one of the most important decorative interiors in Ireland. Formerly the ballroom of the Lord Lieutenant's administration, today the room is used for presidential inaugurations. It is one of the oldest rooms in the castle, dating from the 1740s, though its decoration largely dates from c. 1790, including the most significant painted ceiling in Ireland
Ireland
executed by Vincenzo Valdre (c. 1742–1814). Composed of three panels, the ceiling depicts the coronation of King George III, Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
introducing Christianity to Ireland, and King Henry II receiving the submission of the Irish chieftains. The state dinner hosted by the President of Ireland
Ireland
to welcome Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
to Ireland
Ireland
was held here on the evening of 18 May 2011. Following the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland
Ireland
in 1871, the Order of St. Patrick, Ireland's order of chivalry, moved its ceremonial home from St. Patrick's Cathedral to St. Patrick's Hall. The banners and hatchment plates of the knights who were living at the time of Irish independence remain in place.

Throne room

Throne room

Originally built as the Battleaxe Hall in the 1740s, it was converted to a presence chamber around 1790. The regal decoration dates from that time and from alterations in the 1830s. It contains a throne built for the visit of King George IV to Ireland
Ireland
in 1821.

State drawing room

Built in the 1830s as the principal reception room of the Lord Lieutenant and his household, today this room is reserved in use for the reception of foreign dignitaries. Largely destroyed by fire in 1941, the room was reconstructed with minor modifications in 1964–1968 by the OPW, making use of salvaged and replicated furnishings and fittings.

State dining room

Also called the Picture Gallery, and formerly known as the supper room, this is the oldest room in the castle and largely retains its original decoration, having escaped major modification and fire over the years. It dates from Lord Chesterfield's building of the state apartments in the 1740s, and was intended for use as a supper room adjoining St. Patrick's Hall and as a personal dining room. Today the room is still used for dining when conferences take place in St. Patrick's Hall.

State bedrooms

These former private quarters of the Lord Lieutenant were built as five interconnecting rooms running along the back of the building, adjoining the spine corridor that separates them from the state drawing room. Completely rebuilt in the 1960s following fire in 1941, the rooms maintain the original courtly sequence and today are used as ancillary drawing and meeting rooms to the principal apartments. The last dignitary to stay in the royal bedrooms was Margaret Thatcher, who spent a night there with her husband Dennis during one of the European Council
European Council
meetings held in the 1980s.

State corridor

State corridor

The most architectural space of the state apartments, this expressive, deeply modelled corridor was originally built c. 1758 to the designs of the Surveyor General, Thomas Eyre. Based on the early 18th century corridor of Edward Lovett Pearce
Edward Lovett Pearce
in the former Parliament House on College Green, it features a marching procession of vaults and arches which were originally top-lit. Regrettably, an office storey was built over the skylights following complete reconstruction of the corridor in the 1960s as the result of differential settlement with the reconstruction of the adjoining drawing room. The corridor features exact plaster casts of the original arch detailing, and the original doorcases and fireplaces salvaged prior to rebuilding. Towers[edit]

The Bermingham Tower at the southwest corner of Dublin
Dublin
Castle

The castle includes towers at two corners; other towers that once existed leave no trace.

Bermingham Tower

The base of the original Bermingham Tower is one of the few remaining parts of the original castle. At the southwest corner of the castle, the tower has a modern upper part. It is unclear which member of the De Bermingham family the tower was named for; perhaps William or Walter or John or Sir Walter.[13]

Record Tower

The Record Tower at the southeast corner is another original part of the castle. It is now the Garda Museum.

Octagonal tower

Bedford Tower

Powder Tower

Corke Tower

Film and music[edit] Dublin
Dublin
Castle has appeared in numerous films including Barry Lyndon, Michael Collins, Becoming Jane
Becoming Jane
and The Medallion, as well as the television series The Tudors, where it doubles as the Vatican in the pilot. Dublin
Dublin
Castle hosts the Heineken Green Energy
Heineken Green Energy
festival each May bank holiday weekend. Part of Dublin
Dublin
Castle appears on the cover of the Jandek
Jandek
album Khartoum Variations. See also[edit]

The west part of the south outside wall of Dublin
Dublin
Castle includes these colorfully painted buildings, including the blue Bermingham Tower at far left.

Castles in Great Britain and Ireland Chapel Royal Dublin
Dublin
Castle administration in Ireland List of castles in Ireland

References[edit]

^ Costello, Peter (1999). Dublin
Dublin
Castle, in the life of the Irish nation. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. ISBN 0-86327-610-5.  ^  "Fitzhenry, Meiler". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.  ^ McCarthy, Denis; Benton, David (2004). Dublin
Dublin
Castle: at the heart of Irish History. Dublin: Irish Government Stationery Office. pp. 12–18. ISBN 0-7557-1975-1.  ^ Gernon, Luke A Discourse of Ireland
Ireland
(1620) published C. L. Falkiner ed. (1904) ^ Dublin
Dublin
Castle (2002). " Dublin
Dublin
Castle web-site (history)". Dublin Castle. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-20.  ^ Costello, Peter Dublin
Dublin
Castle in the Life of the Irish Nation, Wolfhound Press, 1999, p77, p104 ^ Kilfeather, Siobhán Marie Dublin: A Cultural History, Oxford University Press 2005, p248 ^ Kostick, Conor. The Easter Rising. pp. 115–116. ISBN 0-86278-638-X.  ^ Sean O'Mahony, Death in the Castle: Three murders in Dublin
Dublin
Castle 1920. 1916/1921 Club ^ Dwyer, T. Ryle, The Squad (2005) ^ MacLysaght, Changing Times (1978) ^ McCarthy, Denis; Benton, David (2004). Dublin
Dublin
Castle: at the heart of Irish History. Dublin: Irish Government Stationery Office. pp. 128–130. ISBN 0-7557-1975-1.  ^ University Magazine: A Literary and Philosophic Review. Curry. 1857. p. 247. 

External links[edit] Media related to Dublin
Dublin
Castle at Wikimedia Commons

Official website Official Tourist Board Website for Dublin Archiseek.com, entry on Dublin
Dublin
Castle (including pictures)

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Irish State and Public buildings (pre- & post-independence)

Áras an Uachtaráin Central Bank of Ireland Chapel Royal Chichester House Collins Barracks Custom House Chief Secretary's Lodge Dublin
Dublin
Castle Farmleigh Four Courts General Post Office (GPO) Government Buildings Green Street Court House Parliament House Leinster House Little Ratra Mansion House Steward's Lodge Under Secretary's Lodge

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Official and personal residences used by the Irish viceroy (1500s–1922)

Abbeville Chapelizod House Dublin
Dublin
Castle Durhamstown Castle St. Wolfstan's Viceregal Lodge

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  Ireland
Ireland
Castles and Historic Houses - Dublin

County Dublin

Abbeville, Dublin Aldborough House Áras an Uachtaráin Ardgillan Castle Ashtown Castle Baggotrath Castle Carrickmines Castle Castleknock Castle Chichester House Clontarf Castle Deerfield Drimnagh Castle Dublin
Dublin
Castle Farmleigh Frescati House Howth Castle Iveagh House Killiney Castle Leinster House Luttrellstown Castle Malahide Castle Manderley Castle Mansion House Merrion Castle Mornington House Powerscourt House Rathfarnham Castle Swords Castle

See also: Historic houses in Northern Ireland
Ireland
• Historic houses in the Republic of Ireland

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Royal palaces and residences in the United Kingdom

Occupied

Bagshot Park Balmoral Castle, Birkhall
Birkhall
& Craigowan Lodge Buckingham Palace Gatcombe Park Highgrove House Hillsborough Castle Holyrood Palace St James's Palace
St James's Palace
& Clarence House Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
& Wren House Llwynywermod Sandringham House, Anmer Hall
Anmer Hall
& Wood Farm Tamarisk (Isles of Scilly) Thatched House Lodge Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
& Royal Lodge, Windsor

Historical principal royal residences

St James's Palace Hampton Court Palace Tower of London Windsor Castle

Historical

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Dublin
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Richmond Palace
& White Lodge Romenda Lodge Royal City of Dublin
Dublin
Hospital Royal Pavilion, Aldershot Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sagana Lodge Savile House Savoy Palace Schomberg House Somerset House Stirling Castle Sunninghill Park Sussex House The More Theobalds Palace Villa Guardamangia Walmer Castle Palace of Westminster Palace of Whitehall
Palace of Whitehall
& the Banqueting House Windlesham Moor Witley Court Woodstock Palace York Cottage, Sandringham York House,

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