New book on the building site in eighteenth-century Ireland to be launched at the Royal Hibernian Academy

Wednesday 20 September | 6.00pm | Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, will launch Arthur Gibney's The building site in eighteenth-century Ireland (edited by Livia Hurley and Edward McParland) at 6.00pm on Wednesday 20 September at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. An invitation is required to attend this launch. If you would like an invitation, please contact us at

About the book
This study by the late Arthur Gibney takes you among labourers, craftspeople, contractors, builders and designers as they populate the building sites of eighteenth-century Ireland. Gibney tells a story that has never been told so comprehensively before. What kind of contracts bound those involved? How much did it cost to bring a cargo of oak to the Dublin docks from Riga or Shillelagh – or of fir from Trondheim – and what kind of roof trusses or floor framing was it used for? What was distinctively Irish about these structural features? What did plumbers do? How did roofers choose between slates and shingles and pantiles, and how did this choice affect the profile of a roof? Based on extensive documentary research and on a lifetime of experience of building and conservation, Gibney takes the interested layperson, the student, the architect and the conservationist behind the facades to give us an understanding of paint colours such as Venetian red and Spanish brown, the manufacture of stucco, the variations of Irish, English and French glass, the composition of masonry walls, and much more, in our great legacy of Georgian buildings.