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Location
Phoenix Park, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Description
Áras an Uachtaráin (previously known as the Viceregal Lodge) is situated in Phoenix Park on the north side of Dublin.

Áras an Uachtaráin is Irish for 'house of the president' and is the official residence of the President of Ireland. The house was originally a fairly plain brick structure, but has been improved and added to over the years to the elegant white Palladian building you see today. The East Wing was added in 1849 for a visit of Queen Victoria. The Entrance Hall dates from 1751and features a magnificent barrel-vaulted ceiling with plaster busts in the ceiling coffers. The State Reception Room (formerly the ballroom) features a plaster cast of a Lafranchini panel in the ceiling. The Francini Corridor leads from the Entrance Hall past the State Reception Room. One side of the corridor is lined with bronze busts of Irish Presidents mounted on marble columns and the other side features stucco panels showing classical figures. The formal gardens wee established by Decimus Burton in the 1840s.

Facilities
Áras an Uachtaráin is open for public tours on Saturdays only. Admission is free and admission tickets are available from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre at Ashtown Castle. You need to book on the day of your visit, as there are no advance bookings or group bookings available. The building is closed from 24th to 26th December. Guided tours are held from 10:15am to 3:30pm. Tours of the gardens are conducted, weather permitting, between June and September.

History
Áras an Uachtaráin was designed by architect Nathaniel Clements, with construction starting in the 18th century. The administration of the British Lord Lieutenant bought the house and it was used as his summer residence in the 1780s, and later became the Viceregal Lodge. The office of Lord Lieutenant was abolished in 1922 when the Irish Free State came into being. From 1922 until 1932 it was the residence of the Governor-General of the Irish Free State. In 1937 when the office of President of Ireland was established, the house became the house of the president.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ardgillan Castle, County Dublin
  Ashtown Castle, County Dublin
  Barberstown Castle, County Kildare
  Bective Abbey, County Meath
  Bellinter House, County Meath
  Castletown House, County Kildare
  Clontarf Castle, County Dublin
  Dublin Castle, County Dublin
  Dunsany Castle, County Meath
  Howth Castle, County Dublin
  Malahide Castle, County Dublin
  Manderley Castle, County Dublin
  Maynooth Castle, County Kildare
  Powerscourt House, County Wicklow
  Pucks Castle, County Dublin
  Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin
  Robswall Castle, County Dublin
  Russborough House, County Wicklow
  Swords Castle, County Dublin
  Tulleys Castle, County Dublin







Tulleys Castle
The president of Ireland's residence in the Phoenix Park, Dublin

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Tulleys Castle
Áras an Uachtaráin

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