Heraldic Museum


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In 1886 George Moore said of the Kildare Street Club: 'It represents all that is respectable, that is to say, those who are gifted with that oyster-like capacity for understanding…that they should continue to get fat in the bed in which they were born.' The building is now divided between the Alliance Française and the Heraldic Museum (a dull display of objects showing armorial bearings, scarcely worth a visit now that the genealogy and family history section has been moved to the National Library).

There is, however, an amusing frieze of monkeys playing billiards carved by the O'Shea brothers, who also did the stonework on Trinity's Museum Building, around the right-hand side of the museum entrance. There is no official account of their significance, so take your pick of two competing stories. According to one, they depict the many strange and wondrous animals to be found throughout the British Empire. The second, more popular, account holds that they represent the gentlemen members of the old Club.

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Heraldic Museum details

Kildare Street

Area Temple Bar

Transport All cross-city buses/Luas St Stephen's Green.

Telephone 603 0200

Heraldic Museum website

Open 9.30am-8.30pm Mon-Wed; 9.30am-4.30pm Thur, Fri; 10.30am-12.30pm Sat.

Admission free.