Upper Leeson Street Area Residents' Association




Heritage Trail App

Download our new Heritage Trail, available as a mobile app.

Covering the whole Ulsara area, the App provides information and images about some of the houses and buildings in the area as well as providing insights into some of the people who lived in the area through the decades.


Download it from the GuidiGo app on iTunes or GooglePlay and search for Upper Leeson Street Area Heritage Trail. More >>>

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‘Things would be better if the public would learn not to be so defeatist, and to stop saying: “What’s the use?”’


Carmencita Hederman, founding

member of Ulsara, quoted in the

The Irish Times, May 1969. 

Ulsara marked its 50th anniversary in 2018 with the publication of a book telling the history of the association and the area.


The book is now sold out, with a small number of copies remaining in Hampton Books in Donnybrook.



About 'Cherishing Heritage Preserving Community'

With a foreword by Michael McDowell, SC, 'Cherishing Heritage Preserving Community' includes contributions from recognised experts and commentators including Frank McDonald, Alistair Rowan and Ruth McManus.  

Beautifully illustrated with new photographs by Andy Sheridan, this hardback, limited-edition book presents a unique social and architectural history of our area.


The 256-page, limited-edition book recalls the early days of Ulsara and its fight against rezoning and uncontrolled development.

It recounts stories of battles with people like Seán MacEntee, P.V. Doyle and Sam Stephenson, as well as more recent campaigns around Dartmouth Square and the Ballsbridge Triangle.

The book shows how the neighbourhood evolved over the centuries and describes some of the people who have made this area their home. Over several essays, it provides a fascinating overview of the architecture and design elements that characterise houses and buildings in the area. And it provides new insights into the challenges for the future, with informed perspectives on architecture, environment, conservation and urban planning.

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7:30pm, Weds 3 April 2019

@ Litton Hall, Wesley House, Leeson Park


Join the committee, members, friends and neighbours for Ulsara's AGM.


As well as reporting on the past year, and looking at the big issues for 2019, we are delighted to welcome James Kelly, RIAI RIBA as our guest speaker.


James is a specialist conservation architect and it will treat us to the story of last year's award-winning restoration of Reads Cutlers, a 1769s Wide Streets Commissioners Shop and House.


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