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Open House

Monday, 19 January 2009

After many months of work by a huge team of people, a ‘new look’ Haughton House opened to the public in November.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, resplendent with plaster after breaking his foot, carried out the official opening. He was joined by Dr. Martin Mansergh,T.D, Minister of State, Department of Finance with responsibility for the Office of Public Works.

The building now features an exciting and interactive Learning and Discovery centre for children of all ages, a state of the art lecture room and a first floor balcony that overlooks the elephant habitat


At the opening, the original photograph – taken over 100 years ago was updated when a 2008 version was taken. It featured all the guests, the Zoo team, volunteers, our dogs Honey, Ruby and Kim and a Shetland pony from City Farm.

Bertie Ahern TD, who officially launched the new Haughton House said,“It is and always has been, a pleasure to come to Dublin Zoo. I would like to commend Dublin Zoo on its great work in conservation and for ensuring that the public have the facilities they need to learn about the natural world”.


Over 100 years old, the original Haughton House was first opened in 1898. It has had many uses over the years but many will remember it as a restaurant. The building was named after Samuel Haughton, who was secretary to the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland for 20 years. He was also a professor of Geology at Trinity College and a noted science writer.

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