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The Custom House, Dublin
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The Custom House is a neoclassical 18th-century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.HistoryOriginsA previous Custom House had been built in 1707 by engineer Thomas Burgh (1670–1730). However, by the late 18th century it was deemed unfit for purpose.The building of a new Custom House for Dublin was the idea of John Beresford, who became first commissioner of revenue for Ireland in 1780. In 1781 he appointed James Gandon as architect, after Thomas Cooley, the original architect on the project, had died. This was Gandon's first large scale commission. The new Custom House was unpopular with the Dublin Corporation and some city merchants who complained that it moved the axis of the city, would leave little room for shipping, and it was being built on what at the time was a swamp. Purchase of land was delayed and proved exorbitant and the laying of foundations was disrupted by the High Sheriff and members of the Dublin Corporation with a mob of several thousand. However, Beresford was determined to complete the project and ignored the protests.
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  • To really appreciate this beautiful building, cross over to the southern bank. The scale of the design is perfect. Check to see what is on if you want to see the interior. 
  • I wanted to have a look at this building and found that there is currently an exhibition.It features a number of topics including the Easter rising and collecting revenue.quite interesting.worth a vis...  more »
  • The building overlooking the River Liffey is certainly impressive and worth a ride, since it's also free. Pity that we could see a very small part, because the second floor and the side wings were closed.
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  • I Just love my home Capital. & love our Customs house. thanks. and welcome folk from abroad. there's tons left to see. welcome to Dublin. Ireland !! +bless you all. Stephen corbally . oh "sorry" Enjoy your stay. +
  • I really like this building ... my father worked in it many years ago and as I child I visited it on a regular basis.
  • Impressive building. Unfortunately didn't get to see inside.
  • Goverment Building used in adds (Guinness at Christmas) and movies (Mrs Brown's Movie)
  • Occasionally allows public tours on culture night.