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Take A Look Inside Dublin's Oldest House

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01:28 21 Jul 2015


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A year since we last were there, 98FM has once again knocked at the door of Dublin's oldest house.

We've paid a second visit to the 350-year-old building on Aungier Street to see what work's been done.

Work is continuing inside number 9/9a Aungier Street, which looks like any other building in the area.

It's flanked by two shops, which sit either side of a normal looking blue door. But once you step inside that door, you're transported back to 17th century Dublin.

 

Wooden strips attached to the walls as well as original ceiling and floors joists were uncovered.

 

 

Sunni Goodson is an architectural conservation specialist with Mesh Architects and has been working on the project for a number of years.

One of the biggest jobs they did was a repair to the stairs in the building where they "essentially jacked up the staircase. The entire stair case was lifted and we got between 80 to 115 millimetres of lift on every single landing which was a new lease of life".

 

 

She added that they’re always finding out something new about the house "something we didn't quite know before or refines an observation that we had made previously. Or maybe it's a new bit of research that sheds light on some of the artifacts that we've found in the floor joists".

 

 

Dublin City Council are working with other groups in the Aungier Street area to come up with conservation plans for many of the buildings, which were also built in the late 1600's.

 

 

Sunni says the one for number 9/9a is being worked on with the McGrath group, who own the building, to see what it can be used for in the future.

 


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