A location like no other building in Dublin, the chq building overlooks the River Liffey and George’s Dock. The chq building is a grade one listed building situated within the heart of the city’s bustling International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in the Docklands. Formerly known as Stack A, it was built in 1820 as a wine and tobacco warehouse with vaults beneath to store wine. Stack A was made famous when it hosted the Crimean War Banquet in 1856 celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers. The building has been magnificently restored and revamped.


There has been much confusion as to the actual construction date of Stack A. The first piece of concrete evidence of Stack A can be found in the minute books of the Wide Street Commissioners of 1821 where the subject of the “ranging of the wall on the south end of the timber yard with … Continued

John Rennie

John Rennie was born in 1761 in the small village of Preston Kirk in East Lothian. By the time of his death, he could lay claim to a major professional involvement in the East and West India docks in London, Holyhead Harbour, Hull docks, Ramsgate Harbour, the dockyards at Sheerness and Chatham and Howth and … Continued

The Crimean War Banquet

The Crimean War (1854-1855) has often been described as a pointless, minor war in a far off place. Certainly this conflict, primarily involving France, Russia and Britain, was pointless, in as much as all wars are but a minor war it was not. It accounted for the lives of almost three quarters of a million … Continued