Dublin in County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
Since 1924, Leinster House has been the seat of the two houses of the Oireachtas, Dail and Seanad (Irish Parliament and Senate), who meet here a total of 90 days a year.
Designed in 1745 by the architect Richard Cassels, who also designed the Lying-In Hospital off Parnell Square, it was built as a town residence for the duke of Leinster on what was then known as Molesworth Fields, adding a character to the area that has remained to this day.
This view is one of many superb quality aquatints by James Malton, showing Dublin city at the end of the eighteenth century. In his announcement of the work, Malton wrote that he was “struck with admiration at the beauty of the capital of Ireland and was anxious to make a display of it to the world.”
In 1814, the building was sold by the Duke of Leinster to the Dublin Society and for the next hundred years it was used as their headquarters.
In 1877, the National Museum and National Library were built on the North and South sides of the forecourt. The two Houses of the Oireachtas, Dail and Seanad, first occupied the building in 1924.
As you can see, it has hardly changed in appearance since 1792, the date of Malton's famous view.
Erected by Baileys.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dublin, Leinster 2, Ireland.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theobald Wolfe Tone (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Oscar Wilde House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sir William Robert Wills Wilde (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Thomas M. Kettle (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa / Ó Donnabháin Rosa (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fusiliers’ Arch (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Haslam Memorial Seat (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
Also see . . . Leinster House. (Submitted on September 14, 2009.)
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