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Bringing the project noon to a close, IMMA is delighted to welcome local Artisan Brew Academy Kevin Somers-Walsh for a final gathering in the Project Spaces. A master brewer in the craft of home-brew techniques Kevin will offer insights into the processes and techniques used in the creation of home brew beers as we pay homage to the ambitions of the RHK veterans and their attempts to establish a brewery onsite at the hospital.

Before the session starts why not drop into the ‘Old Man’s House’ in the West Ground Gallery to see the huge leather Blackjack jug which was used to serve out the daily rations of 3 pints of beer per RHK veteran. This jug is thought to have been linked with the coining of the phrase More Power to Your Elbow as when full it would have contained five gallons of beer requiring great strength for pouring.

This is a free event, no booking required.


noon present in the Project Spaces is an amalgam of heritage and contemporary influences reflecting the IMMA/RHK site and its various domestic functions. Inhabited since 1684, the Royal Hospital’s previous occupants were veterans, whilst these days it’s residential artists. For more details visit

The Artisan Brew Academy, located in the local historic area of the Liberties Dublin, teach you how to brew a large variety of hop infused beers under the guidance of master brewers. For more details visit

The Old Man’s House exhibition, created by the Office of Public Works, is an exhibition which tells the story of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK) one of the most iconic Dublin buildings and Ireland’s foremost example of fine 17th century architecture – now home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The history of the Kilmainham site includes ancient burial grounds, early Christian monuments, a Viking settlement and a medieval monastery. The RHK was open as a retirement home and infirmary for nearly 250 years for generations of military veterans who lived and died there. The Old Man’s House explores the stories of these soldiers alongside those of the hospital staff, from the earliest beginnings, through to its restoration and the founding of IMMA. The exhibition is free and open Museum hours. For more details visit

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