Published on Tuesday28thOctober2014

Harris formally unveils ‘The Granard Bequest’ at Dublin Castle


Minister Harris at the announcement in Dublin Castle

OPW Minister Simon Harris today formally unveiled ‘The Granard Bequest’ at Dublin Castle.

Jane Beatrice(nee Mills, 1882-1972), Countess of Granard and wife of Sir Bernard Forbes, the 8th Earl requested that some of her art works be donated to the Irish State after her death.  The Granard Bequest comprises a collection of paintings, fine French furniture and clocks, oriental porcelain and other items from the original collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Granard residences in Paris and Longford.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Harris said:

 I am delighted to be here today to officially open this fine exhibition.  The 9th Earl of Granard, on behalf of his mother,  graciously presented these beautiful items to the State in 1973 and these were accepted by An Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, for public display.

Since 1973 several generous additions have been made to the bequest by Lord and Lady Granard’s son, Sir Arthur Forbes, 9th Earl of Granard, who continued to donate items to Dublin Castle until his death in 1992.

Minister Harris concluded:

As the Forbes family has long standing links with Dublin Castle, it gives me great pleasure that my office should unveil this exhibition in these iconic surroundings. I urge as many as possible to visit and view these beautiful objects.

The Granard Exhibition will be on view in Dublin Castle from 28th October 2014.

For more information read the full press release here.