Bank of Ireland, Dublin

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    Bank of Ireland

    by SanguiniA Written May 18, 2006

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    Bank of Ireland

    An impressive building in College Green located a few steps away from the famous Trinity college. Was built in the 18th century to hourse the parliament, then it served as the headquarters of the Bank of Ireland until the 1970s. Today visitors can still get a view of the Irish House of Lords chamber within the building. Nowadays, the building is a working branch of the Bank of Ireland (HQ moved to a modern building elsewhere)

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    by kenbac Written Sep 11, 2003

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    Another superb Georgian building.
    Thsis is the main branch of the Bank of Ireland.
    The Building was originally the Houses of Parliament, however following the abolition of the Irish Parliament by Britain with the Act of Union in 1800, it's use as a Parliament building ended.
    It was then taken over by the Bank of Irealnd, who remain there.

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    Bank of Ireland

    by acemj Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    View from Westmoreland Street near Trinity College

    This is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in Dublin featuring a Palladian central block and porticos to the east and west. You'll probably pass by often if you're walking around the city due to its central location across from Trinity College. At night, floodlights make it an exceptional photo opportunity.

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    by IrishFem Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    The Bank of Ireland is situated in College Green opposite Trinity College. Built in 1729 to house the Irish Parliament. Inside you can see a fantastic chandelier with over 1000 peices dating back from 1765 and 18th century tapestries.During the summer time they have classical music recitals

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    by Airpunk Written May 5, 2011

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    Bank of Ireland

    This beautiful building began its life in 1729 when it was opened as the Irish regional parliament. It was a sign for Irish autonomy, but in 1800, the Act of Union was passed and regional parliaments were dissolved in favour of a centralistic London. After being idle for almost two years, it became the see of the Bank of Ireland in 1802. In 1970, the main offices of the bank moved to a more modern building, but the Bank of Ireland still has this building in use. The style is neoclassic, but on the wings of the building (especially in front of Trinity College), a Georgian influence is obvious. Today, it is a popular photo motive, especially at night when it is illuminated. From time to time, events like concerts take place in this building.
    There are free tours on Tuesday through the building – unfortunately, I have never been in Ireland on a Tuesday…

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    by Dabs Updated Nov 30, 2009

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    The Bank of Ireland building, across from Trinity College, was built in 1729 by MP Sir Edward Pearce as the House of Parliament. You can visit the interior of the building and see a few exhibits in what used to be the House of Lords, what used to be the House of Commons is now a banking hall. After the Act of Union passed in 1800, the Irish parliament was dissolved and the building was sold to the Bank of Ireland in 1802

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    Georgian: Parliament House on College Green

    by yooperprof Written Jul 15, 2013

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    The building known as the Bank of Ireland today was originally home to the Irish Houses of Parliament - from the 1700s. This was the world's first structure purposefully built to house a bicameral legislature! Architect Edward Lovett Pearce is considered to be one of the masters of Dublin's Palladian (Georgian) style.

    The Westmoreland Street façade was the formal entrance to the Irish House of Lords, and was added by James Gandon in 1782. It's a great portico - even if today it is practically all boarded up.

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    by tpk2 Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    Bank of Ireland

    Bank of Ireland is right across the street from Trinity College. Built between 1729 and 1739 and designed by Edward Lovett Pearce, it used the serve as the Parliament House. The Bank of Ireland bought the building in 1800 after the Act of Union abolished the Irish Parliament.

    The House of Lords chamber is in its original state and open to visitors during banking hours. Free tour is available on Tuesdays.

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    by dubrovnik Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Designed in 1729 by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce and completed in 1739 by James Gandon. This housed the Irish Houses of Parliament before they were dissolved by the Act of Union in 1801, which created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. After the Act of Union, the building passed into the hands of the Bank of Ireland. Today the bank is host to numerous cultural events

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    Bank of Ireland

    by jenna24 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Bank of Ireland
    This building was completed in 1729. It was home to the Irish parliament and it was from here that Henry Grattan - whose statue stands outside - declared 'Ireland is now a nation': a defiant assertion of independence by the 18th-century Anglo-Irish Ascendancy. 'Grattan's Parliament' was short-lived, however, and eventually forced to vote itself out of existence to endorse the Act of Union with Great Britain in 1801.

    The building became a bank in 1803 and you can now tour its Georgian splendour with guides in period costume. If you're having a hard time getting your head around the intricacies of Irish history, this is a good place to start.

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    by drolkar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The BANK OF IRELAND BUILDING ON COLLEGE GREEN housed the Irish Houses of Parliament before they were dissolved by the Act of Union in 1801 which created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

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    Bank of Ireland

    by Witinha Written May 28, 2004

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    Bank of Ireland

    The Bank of Ireland was formerly Parliament House.
    The last Parliament sat here in 1801 and the Bank of Ireland purchased the building in 1803.

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