Dublin Chamber of Commerce

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Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Formation1783; 241 years ago (1783)
Headquarters7 Clare Street, Dublin 2
Catherine Moroney

Dublin Chamber of Commerce also known as the Dublin Chamber, is the oldest chamber of commerce in Ireland.[1]


Dublin Chamber of Commerce buildings

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1783.[1][2] It had been preceded by other collective bodies including the Guild of Merchants, which dated from the mediaeval period, and the Ouzel Galley Society, established at the beginning of the 18th century. Dublin Chamber's formation followed a weakening of the merchant guild system which left an opening for bodies which advocated free trade. Much of the focus of the organisation in its early years was on abolishing impositions and opposing restrictions on export trade.[3][4] Travers Hartley served as the first president of the Chamber from 1783 to 1788.[5]

The creation of Dublin Chamber led to the formation of other chambers of commerce around Ireland, including Waterford (1787),[6] Limerick (1805),[7] Cork (1819),[8] and Londonderry (1885).[9] By 1819, there were 19 chambers of commerce operating in Britain and Ireland, and a federation, the Association of Chambers of Commerce, was created in 1860 to include the Irish chambers. Following independence, the chambers in Ireland became members of the Association of Irish Chambers of Commerce, a body now known as Chambers Ireland.[citation needed]

In 1996, Mary Finan was appointed president of the Chamber, the first woman to hold the position.[10]

Notable past presidents[edit]

Notable former presidents have included:[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Princes & Pirates: the Dublin Chamber of Commerce 1783-1983 written by L.M. Cullen and published in 1983 by Dublin Chamber of Commerce (ISBN 9780900346491).
  • A Most Respectful Meeting of Merchants: Dublin Chamber of Commerce written by Enda McMahon and published in 2014 (ISBN 9781907535437).


  1. ^ a b "Back to the future at Dublin Chamber of Commerce". independent. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  2. ^ Harrison, Richard S. (1987). Dublin Quakers in Business 1800 — 1850 (M.Litt. thesis). Trinity College Dublin. p. 65. hdl:2262/79673.
  3. ^ Falkiner, Cæsar Litton (1902). "Some Illustrations of the Commercial History of Dublin in the Eighteenth Century". Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature. 24: 133–152. ISSN 0035-8991.
  4. ^ "Links to the Chamber of Commerce". History Ireland. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Past Presidents". dublinchamber.ie. Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Who We Are". Waterford Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Limerick Chamber". www.limerick.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Cork Chamber 200 - Fund Raising for the Cork Community". Cork Chamber - Advancing Business Together. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  9. ^ "History". Derry / Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  10. ^ "A HEART FOR BUSINESS". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 February 2022.