Today, 99 years ago in The Round Room at The Conference and Events Venue at The Mansion House, the first Dail Eireann was held. The Dublin City Council (formerly known as the Dublin City Assembly) purchased Joshua Dawson’s house in 1715 which became known as the Lord Mayor’s Residence in the same year.

In olden times the Oak Room was used as a reception room, and in 1715 Joshua Dawson sold the building to Dublin Corporation, which was to become the Lord Mayor’s residence. The Oak Room contains the coats of arms of all former Dublin Lord Mayors since Daniel O’Connell, including a portrait of Charles Stewart Parnell. History tells us that the style of the house was thought to be old-fashioned and The Round Room was built in 1821 to coincide with the arrival of King George IV. The supper room, known as FIRE Restaurant Dublin was subsequently built in 1867.

The Round Room which held its first Dáil in January 1919 is now The Conference and Events Venue in Dublin, one of the best conference venues in Dublin. Making history for Home Rule, the 70 of the Irish representatives did not attend West Minister in London however they pledged to the first Irish parliamentary meeting ever held in Ireland.

History First Dail Ireland

Today, The Round Room is an incredibly versatile venue and the private hire event venue of choice in Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin City, between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green, it is the only city centre conference venue Dublin has that can hold over 500 guests. If you are in search of a meeting venue, if you are planning a fashion show in a unique venue, or if you are looking for a venue that can hold the best gala dinner Dublin has to offer, the Conference and Events Venue at the Mansion House is the ideal choice for venues in Dublin.

The Round Room at The Mansion House welcomed The Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus this January.

The Irish Travel Industry Awards are the premier awards for suppliers and Travel Agents in Ireland. The Awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents Association with the support of Worldchoice and Travelsavers, and Travelcentres. This year, Aer Lingus will be the Headline Sponsor.

The Awards are designed to showcase excellence in the delivery of international travel services to both leisure and business customers travelling from Ireland.  The Awards will commend a range of companies from air and sea transport companies, through Tour Operators, destination representatives and specialist service providers to the trade.

A key feature of the Awards programme is the series of ITAA Member Awards to be judged by a panel of judges, chaired by Mr Bill Smith, and presented at a prestigious Gala Banquet in the Round Room at The Mansion House on Thursday, January 25th 2018. We are delighted they have chosen our venue to host such a prestigious event!

FIRE Restaurant and Lounge were delighted to host the DWD Irish Whiskey launch last week in the FIRE Lounge.

The Heritage expression is the first Irish Whiskey release under the D.W.D name in over 70 years and re-establishes an extraordinary lineage which reaches back six generations!

Were it not for the distillery’s shameful treatment at the hands of government and certain shareholders, it would still be one of the great Irish whiskey brands. The fact that D.W.D. was traduced made them determined to revive its name, tradition and values.

The revival of the D.W.D. brand has begun with the creation of a new independent Irish whiskey blender and bottler. The first release under the D.W.D. name in over seventy years took three years to develop. They have secured long-term access to the very best aged whiskey stocks and have recruited exceptional blending expertise born of several decades of experience.

The iconic Irish Whiskey features on the new FIRE Cocktails and Drinks menu.

We were thrilled to see FIRE Restaurant and Lounge reach 20,000 LIKES on Facebook!

A huge thank you to all followers and loyal customers for their continued love and support over the years.

A number of the FIRE team took to the FIRE private terrace to celebrate the milestone!

If you don’t already follow FIRE Restaurant and Lounge on Facebook, what are you waiting for?! LIKE their page HERE.

You can also find FIRE on Instagram and Twitter.

We are delighted to share that the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016, hosted at the Aviva Stadium, was crowned the winner of the ‘Best Sporting Event’ at the Event Industry Awards on Friday evening!

Launched in 2009, the Event Industry Awards are the premier event in Ireland which celebrates excellence and showcases the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry.

The game between Boston College and Georgia Tech drew a crowd of over 40,000 to the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, almost half of whom had travelled from the US, delivering a major boost to sports tourism in Dublin City and Ireland.

We would like to thank you all for your continued help and support which has enabled us to achieve this accolade along with the ‘Best International Sports Event’ awarded by the Irish Sports Industry last November and ‘Best Event / Festival Experience (under 50,000 people)’  awarded at the Irish Tourism Awards in February.

We are pleased to announce that this is the first time that an individual event has been rewarded a hat-trick of awards from the Tourism, Sport and Event Industries!

CEO, Padraic O’Kane, receiving the ‘Best Sporting Event’ award at the Event Industry Awards 2017.

We’re delighted to announce The Conference and Events Venue was awarded ‘Best Event Design’ for the Taxand International Gala Dinner at the Event Industry Awards 2017!

Launched in 2009, the Event Industry Awards are the premier event in Ireland which celebrates excellence and showcases the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry.

The 3 day annual Taxand worldwide conference was held in Dublin from 26 -28th April 2016 and consisted of 350 delegates from around the world attending 47 events across Dublin. For their final event, Taxand hosted a Gala Dinner in The Round Room at The Conference and Events Venue.

The Gala Dinner’s theme was Irish with a mythical feel. The event team created an ‘Enchanted Forest’ which encircled the entire venue from the exterior entrance to uniquely designed tables with trees as the centre of the guest’s dining tables and as much natural greenery and fresh flowers throughout the venue as possible.

Guests entered through a willow and fairy-light archway which was lit with wooden lanterns. This look was complimented by the use of flame torches and this look was carried through the entrance hallway using several lanterns surrounded by draping and birch contorted willow arches with wisteria to create a hanging effect of walking through a forest.

The Round Room’s starry dome ceiling set the scene for the evening sky and immediately under this the team set about disguising both the inner and outer trusses with fresh trailing Amaranthus hung in red, plum and green. This, mixed with eucalyptus foliage and cherry blossoms, not only created a lush forest look but also infused the room with a fresh forest fragrance.

Camouflage netting was suspended above the guest’s heads from the truss to the outer walls with vines of ivy dropping down to make all guests feel that they were immersed in the midst of a forest.  The walls of the room were also completely disguised with similar camouflage netting and green drape to further this effect.

Lighting was a massive component of this event with a leaf-like-effect created by shining lighting through our bespoke camouflage netting. This created the illusion that the forest was alive and not just event dressing.  Leaf-pattern custom made gobos were also designed to project onto the balcony walls to ensure that no elements of the existing blue walls were visible.

The pillars within the room were dressed using willow branches and fairy lights to enhance the look. The event team then used barks of trees and ivy to cover the structure of the existing bar; which was then dressed with additional ivy, moss and tea lights to ensure it was submerged in the forest theme.

The Conference and Events Venue was delighted to have the opportunity to host and create such a unique and wonderful event in the Round Room and were honoured to receive such a prestigious award.

Our Business Development Manager, Jan Leonard, and Event Manager, Dominika Zemberyova, receiving the ‘Best Event Design’ award at the Event Industry Awards 2017.

For more information on Event Design possibilities at The Conference and Events Venue, contact Event Managers:

Dominika Zemberyova

Carolina Keegan

Or for more information on hosting your event at The Conference and Events Venue, contact:

Cara Mc Manamon

Jeannine Leonard

We are delighted to announce that we have a number of opportunities available to join the ever expanding FIRE team.   FIRE are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Assistant Manager 

This is a hands on role which requires at least two to three years experience at a supervisory level.  The assistant manager will report directly to the General Manager.

The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Able to form strong relationships with colleagues, fellow managers and guests
  • Passionate about their career, striving to create a memorable guest experience
  • Assist in training and development of staff
  • Outgoing, Energetic and Enthusiastic
  • Assist in achieving the financial targets of the business, controling wage costs and wastage
  • Willing to work in a fast paced environment, in one the best restaurants in Dublin
  • Be willing to voice their own ideas on how the our product can be improved
  • Strong Leadership skills, acting as Duty Manager in the absence of the General Manager

To be considered for this role please send your CV to 

Chef de Partie 

We are seeking a Chef de Partie with outstanding talents to join our team.


  • To manage your section within the kitchen with the assistance of the Sous Chef.
  • To ensure that the dishes are prepared and cooked according to the specific standards set out by the Head Chef.
  • To manage the development and supervision of the junior chefs in your section.
  • To ensure that stock is rotated and controlled within the specific section of the kitchen.
  • To maintain a detailed Knowledge of the full menu and be able to explain dish descriptions.
  • To ensure compliance with legal requirements under the Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 and Food Hygiene.


  • At least three years experience as a Chef de Partie in a quality, busy establishment.
  • To have a strong knowledge of HACCP.
  • To lead by example.
  • Excellent use of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and processes
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently under pressure
  • To communicate clearly, professionally and concisely.
  • To build effective and constructive relationships.
  • To work collaboratively with others in pursuit of the restaurants goals.

To be considered for this role please send your CV to 


Experienced full time Receptionist/ Host

We are currently recruiting a receptionist/host to join our busy front of house team.

Skills required:

  • Superior Organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good phone manner
  • Highly presentable
  • Good team player
  • Skilled in excel and word
  • Experience in the hospitality industry would be an advantage

To be considered for this role please send your CV to 



Bar and Wait Staff

We are currently recruiting a number of bar and waiting staff to join our award winning bar team.

The ideal candidate:

  • Will have at least 2 years bar tending experience in a busy bar.
  • Experience making cocktails
  • Very well organised
  • Extremely hard working
  • Well presented
  • If applying for wait staff, one year experience workng in a high end restaurant and a good level of food and beverage knowledge.

To be considered for either of these roles please send your CV to 

Please note all our customer facing roles require high level English and all our roles require a valid working permit. 

Now in its fifth year, Dublin Port Riverfest is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the June bank holiday weekend in the city. Record crowds thronged North Wall Quay again this year from 3rd – 5th June for an action packed programme of events and, with the weather (mostly!) on our side, a fantastic weekend was had by all. All told, between the festival and retro drive-in movies, record numbers attended with 41,500 people on the Sunday alone, all enjoyed the sights and sounds of Riverfest 2017. 

There was great excitement in the city on Friday lunchtime, when eight majestic tall ships and schooners made their way up the River Liffey and onto North Wall Quay, where the ships remained berthed for the duration of the festival. Always a popular attraction at Riverfest, the Parade of Sail made quite a splash in the next day’s papers, just in time for opening day. 

We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Brendan Carr, who officially opened the festival at midday on Saturday to cheers from a large waiting crowd.

For the next three days, people young and old, and even family pets, explored the newly expanded festival site. Free tours of the tall ships and Jeanie Johnston, and the flyboarding antics of Jet Man were among the most popular attractions with all ages. The ThunderCats performed high speed races daily, drawing huge crowds to the new purpose-built spectator stand to watch the boats give chase up and down the River Liffey. 

Visitors tried their hand at a host of water-based activities, from stand up paddle boarding to sailing and kayaking, while boat tours of Dublin Port and Dublin Bay offered a new way to discover the city.

Huge numbers took part in the free activities in the Family Zones, including the zip line and rock climbing stations, while street performers, fun fair attractions and children’s art and circus workshops ensured even the youngest festival goers were entertained. Thanks to demonstrations from our colleagues at Customs, attendees were also able to see first-hand their sniffer dogs at work.

In a first for Dublin Port, Riverfest hosted Retro Drive-In Movies, showing family favourites ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Jaws’ to sell-out audiences on Sunday. The screenings were a hit with movie-goers, who were also treated to a retro car display of DeLoreans on the day.

As we pack away the festival bunting for another year, Dublin Port Company would like to thank those who helped make Riverfest a safe and successful event for all, from local businesses, yacht and rowing clubs to Dublin City Council and Dublin Port Company staff and not forgetting those who took the time to visit Riverfest 2017 we hope to see you all again next year!

Watch the Riverfest 2017 video here

The Dine in Dublin Event was a fantastic example of the versatility of the Round Room.

Our Event Managers worked closely with the client to optimise the layout, lighting and visuals of the venue to create a WOW experience for the exclusive guest-list of 150 people including Media, Key Influencers and Celebrities.

This included creating an area for the drinks reception and a central circular bar focal point, which was not only practical for the smaller amount of guests but was also ideal to showcase cocktail flaring. The raised stage front and centre for cooking demonstrations and live streaming from the kitchen onto the big screen kept guests engaged while the table pin-spotting and truss-warmers from our lighting team added to the impressive aesthetic and atmosphere of the event.

The Conference and Events Venue’s wide array of Branding Options were executed excellently, showcasing the Dine in Dublin brand every step of the way. Including external teardrop flags, customised gobos, back-lit balcony poster boards and our 20ft x 11ft curved screen with Christie 8k projector showcasing the Dine in Dublin logo and Twitter feed for the duration of the event. We also maximised our unique lighting facilities to customise the Round Room in the Dine in Dublin brand colours.
If you would like more information on our event spaces, our branding options or hosting your event at The Round Room, please contact a member of our team today.

T: +353 (0)1 6344628


We were honoured to host the IIEA Conference in
The Round Room at the Mansion House on Wednesday 15th February.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech
“Ireland at the Heart of a Changing European Union”
addressed The Institute of International and European Affairs on Ireland, the EU and #Brexit.

Read the full speech here