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Irish Georgian Society- Abbey Leix: An Irish Home and its Demesne

The Irish Georgian Society requests the pleasure of your company for a lecture and reception with guest speakers Sir David Davies, IGS President, and Mr. William Laffan, author and curator of: 

Abbey Leix: An Irish Home and Its Demesne

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please contact Michael Kerrigan, Executive Director, at 312-961-3860 or email him at info@irishgeorigansociety.com for more information.

Books will be available for purchase and to be signed. 

To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Sir David Davies, the President of the Society, is a long-time member of the Irish Georgian Society, and a former board member of the Irish Georgian Foundation. He is active in the charitable field, and as well as serving as the President of the IGS, he currently serves as President of the Wexford Festival Opera Trust. In 2003, Sir David co-commissioned, with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, a government report: A future for Irish historic houses?, authored by Dr. Terence Dooley (NUIM). 

He was educated at Winchester College, New College Oxford and Harvard Business School. Sir David's Irish home is Abbey Leix Estate in Co. Laois, which he has spent many years extensively restoring to become one of the great stately homes of Ireland. 

William Laffan is an author and curator, He has written extensively on Irish art and the country house and acted as advisor to the exhibition Ireland 1690-1840: Crossroad of Art and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). He has served on the board of the Irish Georgian Society and for five years was editor of its journal Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies. Abbey Leix: An Irish Home and Its Demesne, by William Laffan, published by Churchill House Press is lavishly illustrated volume exploring the architectural history and landscape of Abbey Leix, one of the most notable Irish houses. 

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