In October, we hosted a party for our Irish Landmarkers to say thanks. We chose the location of our Merrion Mews in Dublin 2. This property was restored by us in 2007. Merrion Mews has its own garden and coach yard and the Garda Mounted Unit use the stables while on duty in the city. The garden is one of the few surviving gardens in Merrion Square and most certainly the only remaining garden retaining a 19th century design and layout.
The gathering was an opportunity for us to thank our Irish Landmarkers for their support of our work and to give enthusiasts an idea about the work that we do. As you might be aware, members are essential to the continued work of Irish Landmark Trust. Information on how to become a member and what benefits are on offer is available here.
Irish Landmark Trust is preparing the garden of Merrion Mews as a simple memorial to the late Sybil Connolly. Connolly was a renowned designer who, in her own house, garden and mews at 71 Merrion Square, gave a pioneering and inspired lead in her reuse of a Georgian property. On the night, trustee Dr. Edward McParland said,
“What I admired most about her was her international contribution to Irish couture, her commitment to hard work and to the most exacting standards of hospitality and design, her brilliance in arranging her house in Merrion Square as residence, showroom, production space, garden and – in the mews – guest accommodation, and her sense of fun particularly in New York.”
A memorial footstone designed by Dr. Edward McParland will be carved by renowned architectural sculptor, Stephen Burke. It will be laid once the garden is completed and will quite simply read Enter a garden: Remember Sybil Connolly.