Leinster House , Dublin

Leinster House is a Palladian mansion and worth seeing on any tours of Ireland.

Designed by Richard Cassels (1690-1751) in 1745 for James FitzGerald , Earl of Kildare (1722-73) , this mansion stimulated the development of Merrion Square as the center of fashionable society in Dublin.

Its design is thought to have influenced Irish architect James Hoban , who designed the White House in Washington DC.

The mansion was bought by the Royal Dublin Society in 1815 and then purchased by the Irish government in 1925 to accommodate both houses of the Irish Parliament (the Dail and the Seanad). 

Leinster House remains the center of Irish government and provides a focal point for several of Ireland’s cultural instructions.

When in Dublin , on any Ireland tours  , take a look at Leinster House. It is a real hidden gem !!!