Archive for October, 2017

Update: Bord Fáilte oral hearing at ABP

The hearing will start at 10am on Wednesday, November 1st – it is open to the public and can normally accommodate around 40 people.

As DoCoMoMo Ireland is a voluntary organisation and can’t afford to hire senior counsel to conduct the hearing, we need as much support in numbers are we can muster to demonstrate to the Inspector the level of public support that we have for this appeal.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could attend and see the process in action.

10am, Wednesday November 1st


An Bord Pleanála

64 Marlborough St,

Dublin 1,

D01 V902

If you have any questions, or would like further information, e-mail us at

Bord Fáilte – Oral Hearing at ABP

Bord Fáilte – Oral Hearing at ABP

An Bord Pleanála has granted DoCoMoMo Ireland an oral hearing into our appeal against the demolition of the Bord Fáilte headquarters building, designed by Robin Walker of Michael Scott and Partners and completed in 1961.

The hearing will take place on November 1st  2017 at the ABP offices. We are prepared to mount an impassioned defence of the building, as well as a technical refutation of the grant of permission awarded by Dublin City Council, which we view as a disgracefully negligent decision.

Dublin 2 Modern

Dublin 2 Modern

One building currently being demolished, one condemned, one threatened, one restored and one miraculously untouched – these were the five buildings that featured in DoCoMoMo Ireland’s walking tour, as part of Open House Dublin Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October 2017.

Simon Walker took an astonishing number of over 120 people on a tour of the Baggot Street / Grand Canal area – featuring the ESB HQ building by Stephenson Gibney [1968], the [former] Bank of Ireland HQ by Scott Tallon Walker [1974], the [former] Bord Fáilte HQ by Michael Scott & Partners [1961], Fitzwilton House by Burley and Shoolheifer [1969] and finishing at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies in Burlington Road by Stephenson Gibney [1971].

An enthusiastic crowd listened to Simon Walker as he outlined the history and architectural provenance of the buildings, their significance for Dublin’s architectural and cultural heritage, and the previous and ongoing planning battles carried by DoCoMoMo Ireland in the attempt to save them. It was particularly gratifying to note that the attendees were almost all people from outside the architectural profession – a testament to the growing public appreciation of mid-20th century Modern architecture.


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To all of you who attended the tour, a big thanks! You can find more information on these buildings in the Dropbox folder below: