O’Connell House at 58 Merrion Square is home to the Dublin Global Gateway of the University of Notre Dame and the heart of our Notre Dame community in Ireland. Our blue door is always open to everyone in the ND family who comes to Ireland—students, faculty, staff, benefactors, and alumni. The house is a base for all our teaching and scholarly endeavors, but also a community space in which we share everything from Mass to meals. We serve as an informal ND “embassy” and a home away from home for everyone affiliated with our University. Over the years, thousands of students have entered Irish life through our door. We host presidents, scholars, bishops, authors, artists, musicians, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Come on in.
The City of Dublin
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is home to one million people within its greater metropolitan area. Half the population is under the age of thirty, so it is one of Europe’s youngest capital cities. Contemporary Dublin boasts a strong presence of globally-significant companies. The city hosts a vibrant cultural sector, including theatre, music, art, sport and film. Dublin is famous for its writers, including Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.
About O’Connell House
O’Connell House is a characteristic Dublin Georgian building. Merrion Square was laid out from 1762 onwards in a neo-classical style based on the great Parisian squares. The Square was developed by Barbara Verschoyle and it is a rare eighteenth-century architectural set-piece designed by a woman. Adherence to the classical rules of symmetry, harmony, and order are well exemplified in O’Connell House.
Number 58 Merrion Square was home to the celebrated early nineteenth-century Irish Catholic political leader, Daniel O’Connell. Known as ‘The Liberator’, O’Connell led the battle for Catholic Emancipation, achieving full civil rights for Irish Catholics in 1829. Notre Dame restored the building sensitively to meet the academic, programmatic and administrative needs of the university in Ireland. Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, officially opened O’Connell House in 2004. It contains Saint Patrick’s Chapel, with a superb stained glass window based on a design by Harry Clarke housed within. The Library contains an outstanding collection of the works of Seamus Heaney.