Stand on any street in Dublin and one is confronted with history, with a story set in stone. In presenting 10 of Dublin's most historic buildings, we encounter the great periods of building activity, the people involved and the institutions that inhabited these buildings. Behind the facades is the story of Dublin, bringing to life key events and characters from the past. The buildings include: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin's oldest church; the colonisers' castle, Dublin Castle; the first seat of learning, Trinity College Dublin; the Old Parliament House (Bank of Ireland); the centre of civic life, City Hall; Kilmainham Gaol, where leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained; St James' Gate Brewery, home of Guinness; the iconic GPO, the last great Georgian public building erected; the National Theatre and 'cradle of Irish drama', the Abbey; and Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic association and a cathedral of sport. These survive as tangible reminders of Dublin in the past and help shape the city landscape today.
Bringing together the story of these ten of Dublin's landmark buildings takes us on a wonderful journey through the shifting social, political and cultural history of Ireland's capital.