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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.


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LAUNCH: 23 October 2018

Please join Ulsara and guest speaker, Ruairi Quinn, to celebrate the formal launch of

'Cherishing Heritage Preserving Community'

from 6:00-8:00 pm, on

23 October 2018 at the

Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square.


For updates, follow us on Twitter @ulsaradublin.

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Pre-order the book now for collection at the launch >>>




Dr Joe Brady, UCD writes:

"As interesting as the chapters are, the experience of reading is greatly enhanced by the quality of the of the book. It is beautifully produced, with great skill and care. The photographs are superb, both informative and atmospheric. This is a well-considered, well-designed and well-written book.  While, doubtless, it will appeal to anyone who lives in the area, it will also appeal to anyone who has an interest in the city. Make sure to get a copy!!"


Read Dr Joe Brady's full review here >>>


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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 is marking its 50th anniversary with the publication of a book telling the history of the association and the area.

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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