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OPW welcomes seven Green Flag Awards for OPW National Historic Parks

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (20 July 2017) welcomed the news of seven OPW parks being awarded the Green Flag Award for 2017.

St. Stephen's Green Park, Castletown Demesne, Derrynane Historic Park, Garinish Island, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens and the Phoenix Park were awarded the Green Flag at a ceremony in Malahide Castle today.

20 July 17

 

Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Portavolla Estate, Banagher Co Offaly

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Banagher, Co Offaly where works have commenced on a flood relief project at the Portavolla Estate. The works, which were approved under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme, are being led and managed by Offaly County Council and are being carried out by the OPW’s direct labour force. When complete this project will protect 35 houses from flooding.

18 July 17

 

OPW warns of weekend traffic disruption at Glendalough Visitor Centre

The Office of Public Works today warned of expected heavy volumes of visitors at the Glendalough Visitor Centre at Laragh, Co. Wicklow this coming weekend and issued some guidelines to intending visitors to the site to help them deal with some of the anticipated problems that may arise.

13 July 17

 

Minister Moran welcomes progress on the Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. has welcomed progress on the once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme.

The Minister said, “The OPW is progressing with the first stage of the process and is working with local authorities across the country, using their extensive detailed local knowledge in relation to homes that flooded, between 4 December 2015 and 13 January 2016, to identify those homeowners that may be eligible under this humanitarian scheme”.

9 July 17

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran welcomes improvements in OPW Minor Flood Works Scheme

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. has welcomed the completion of the review of the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme which includes many improvements to the criteria of the Scheme.

The scheme provides funding to local authorities to carry out localised flood relief works.

7 July 17

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. meets Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. today met with Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs at the Four Courts in Dublin to announce a joint Irish and Scottish collaboration on conservation works to the Four Courts building.

In March 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the OPW Heritage Service to provide a basis for sharing experiences, expertise and knowledge between the two organisations and focussing in particular on conservation related activities.  The partners now propose to work together on the first piece of work to emerge from the relationship.

4 July 17

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. announces free admission for children under 12 to OPW Heritage Sites from 1st July 2017.

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. today announced that all children under 12 will be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service.  This initiative will commence on Saturday the 1st of July and will ensure that all children under 12 will have an opportunity to visit these sites for free with their families during the holiday period.

28 June 17

 

Minister Moran congratulates Kilmainham Courthouse on its Award for 'Best Conservation/Restoration Building'

Kevin “Boxer” Moran, T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated Kilmainham Courthouse on its Best Conservation/Restoration Building award at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 2017 Architecture Awards which were announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. 

26 June 17

 

OPW delighted to launch ‘Derrinlough: A view from above’ an exhibition of paintings by Michael Bulfin at Pearse Museum

Viewing landscapes from above - either from a plane or through Google Maps satellite imagery – has provided the inspiration for many of Mike Bulfin's recent paintings.  In this exhibition he turns to a far more personal landscape – the area around his old home at Derrinlough in County Offaly.  Derrinlough was also the home of his father Eamonn, a former pupil of Patrick Pearse and a veteran of the 1916 Rising.

20 June 17

 

OPW welcomes 'Touchstone' at Farmleigh Gallery

 The official launch of the exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery will take place on Saturday, 17th June 2017 at 2.30pm and will be opened by Michael O’Reilly, Creative Ireland.

Touchstone’ celebrates the breadth of Irish ceramic practice featuring a variety of approaches to working with clay.  It promises to be a visual feast exploring form, figure, function and installation based works.  Touchstone will provide an opportunity for national / international visitors to experience a comprehensive body of contemporary Irish ceramics.

17 June 17

 

Minister of State, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. welcomes the decision by An Bord Pleanála for the demolition of Hawkins House and the redevelopment of the site.

Minister of State at the Office of Public Works (OPW) & Flood Relief, Kevin “Boxer” Moran welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve the demolition of Hawkins House and redevelopment of the site.  “I am delighted with todays’ decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the OPW plans to demolish Hawkins House and replace it with a new modern office block, ranging from 6 to 10 storeys over basement, with café/retail units at ground level.

16 June 17

 

Kilmainham Gaol delighted to receive donation of 1916 Easter Rising document

The Commissioners of Public Works at a ceremony today at Kilmainham Gaol accepted the donation of a personal document on 1916 penned by Father Joseph Mallin, son of Commandant Michael Mallin, Chief of Staff of the Irish Citizen Army.  The document contains Father Joseph’s recollection of Commandant Michael Mallin’s account to him of the events leading up to the court martial and execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

15 June 17

 

Tread Softly a mid-career retrospective of the work of Michelle Rogers

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in association with The Paul Kane Gallery is delighted to present Tread Softly a mid- career retrospective of the work of Michelle Rogers, an Irish artist based between Rome and New York at Rathfarnham Castle from June 16th to August 10th 2017.

15 June 17

 

Record Numbers Visit OPW Heritage Sites in 2016

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today announced another very successful year with a total of 6.6 million visitors to OPW managed heritage sites in 2016 up significantly on the record achieved for 2015.

The leading visitor sites continue to do remarkably well with the Rock of Cashel up by 38,081 bringing its numbers to 338,830 visitors in 2016.  Dublin Castle also continued on its upwards trend with 253,786 visitors and Trim Castle welcomed 101,127 visitors in 2016 up 14,155 from 86,972 visitors in 2015.

5 June 17

 

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran appointed Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief from 3rd June 2017

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today announced that the Government has appointment Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief succeeding from his predecessor and colleague Séan Canney. T.D.

3 June 17

 

Canney announces improvements in OPW Minor Flood Works Scheme

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief announced today that a review of the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection funding scheme provides for improvements to the scheme in a number of key areas. The scheme provides funding to local authorities to carry out localised flood relief works.

2 June 17

 

Minister Canney leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Canada

25 Irish companies participating in Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Canada - Focus will be on the potential offered by a key export market with the added impetus of CETA.

Seán Canney T.D. Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) & Flood Relief will commence a three-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Canada with the programme taking place in Toronto and Ottawa.

30 May 17

 

Portumna Castle to Host OPW 185 Exhibition

In 1831 – just over 185 years ago – an Act of Parliament in Westminster established the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Act was entitled Public Works (Ireland) Act, 1831 and was subtitled – An Act for the Extension and Promotion of Public Works in Ireland.

To mark this anniversary, the Office of Public Works put together an exhibition celebrating its history and achievements, part of which will be displayed at Portumna Castle until October 2017.

26 May 17

 

Minister of State, Seán Canney T.D. to present commemorative plaque for Washington Monument

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney T.D., is honoured to be in Washington DC today to present a commemorative plaque to the US National Park Service on behalf of President Michael D. Higgins and the people of Ireland to mark last year’s 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

18 May 17

 

OPW confirms season opening date of 14 May 2017 for Skellig Michael

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today confirmed that Skellig Michael, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site located off the Kerry coast, will open to visitors on Sunday 14th May 2017.

10 May 17

 

OPW delighted to host “Oidhreacht” – An Exhibition of the work of OPW Craft Apprentices at The Atrium OPW HQ in Trim

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host “Oidhreacht” an exhibition of the work of OPW Craft Apprentices working in the National Monuments Service at the Office’s HQ building in Trim, Co. Meath. Mr. Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW will officially open the Exhibition on Friday, 5 May at 2pm.

5 May 17

 

Tourism Minister launches new historic exhibition at Newcastle West site

Mr. Patrick O’ Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, today opened a new exhibition at the OPW-managed Desmond Hall Castle site in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

5 May 17

 

OPW delighted to exhibit 'Sculpture in Context’ at The Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge Estate

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in conjunction with Drogheda Arts Festival are delighted to host an exhibition of contemporary Irish sculpture in the Victorian Walled Gardens at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre – Oldbridge House, as part of its 2017 Event Programme.  Mr. Maurice Buckley, Chairman, Office of Public Works will officially open the Exhibition on Wednesday, 26 April.

26 April 17

 

Update on Skellig Michael – Recent rockfall and the award of Boat Permits

The Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed that good progress has been made in dealing with the major rockfall which was discovered when staff arrived at Skellig Michael, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site located 12 km off the County Kerry coast, earlier in April.  The specialist safety access team who were on the Island last week have surveyed all of the slopes concerned and have satisfactorily resolved all of the areas where there was a suspicion of loose material.  At this stage, no large material remains to threaten the Lighthouse Road, though it is evident that, as conditions remain very dry, there is still a possibility that the actions of burrowing birds in particular may continue to dislodge small material from the mountainside.

24 April 17

 

Serious Rockfall at Skellig Michael Visitor Site

The Office of Public Works (OPW) announced today that another significant rockfall has occurred at the famous Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage Site in Co. Kerry, with a large amount of material being deposited from upper slopes onto the roadway in an area vital to the OPW operation on the Island.

This follows on a similar event that occurred in the winter of 2015/16 when boulders falling from the steep slopes above caused damage to the Lighthouse Road and its seaward wall, for a time threatening visitor access to the Monastic site last summer and causing concern at the implications for tourist safety.

11 April 17

 

Canney announces arrangements for the Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme

After attending today’s Government meeting, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney T.D., has announced that the Government has agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme.

11 April 17

 

Minister Canney outlines significant progress on maintenance activity by the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief outlined the range of additional measures being taken to address flood risk on the River Shannon at an event in Athlone Institute of Technology this evening, Monday 10th April.

10 April 17

 

Minister Seán Canney welcomes the official opening by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins, of ‘Parks – Our Shared Heritage’ at Farmleigh Gallery.

Seán Canney TD, Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, today (6 April 2017) welcomed the opening of this significant international exhibition at Farmleigh.

This is a unique collaboration between the Office of Public Works, The Royal Parks and the Hearsum Gallery that chronicles, for the first time ever, the rich history of these breath-taking parks, spanning over three centuries.  The international exhibition showcases artefacts, images, maps and paintings detailing the fascinating shared history between The Royal Parks and The Phoenix Park from their creation up to the present day.

6 April 17

 

OPW announces 'Burning Books' exhibition at Dublin Castle

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official launch (today 5 April 2017) of ‘Burning Books’ – an exhibition detailing the reproduction of 14 volumes of the Irish Parliamentary Journals dating from the 1700’s which were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922.

5 April 17

 

IAWATST Exhibition at The Atrium, OPW H.Q. in Trim

IAWATST is the abbreviation for ‘Interesting And Weird At The Same Time’. It is an intriguing title that reflects the theme of the exhibition. The exhibition is a joint project between the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Department of Finance (DoF, Stormont Executive), Dublin City Council the LAB Gallery and the Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1.

30 March 17

 

Minister Canney’s successful visit to China for St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme for 2017

Seán Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited China as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme for 2017.

24 March 17

 

Cabinet to consider Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme at its next meeting

After attending today’s Government meeting, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney T.D., announced that the Government will consider the administrative arrangements for a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme at the next Cabinet meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday 28 March.

21 March 17

 

Minister Canney attends the Greening of the Great Wall of China

Seán Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, is in China, as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2017

St. Patrick’s Day offers an opportunity for the Irish Government to reach out to other countries, and to our diaspora, in a way that is unique to us.  It allows trade and diplomatic relations to be strengthened and shines a light on Ireland and all we have to offer through our world-renowned greening of iconic sites.

16 March 17

 

OPW announces Greening of State Buildings for St. Patrick's Festival 2017

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (16 March 2017) is delighted to announce that it will be ‘greening’ State buildings for the duration of the 2017 St Patrick’s Festival.

This is the fifth year that OPW will ‘go green’ for the festival and it underscores the important role that the Office plays in the provision of property and heritage services throughout the country.  OPW will light State building and heritage sites for the duration of the festival – 16 - 19 March 2017 by using green filters, specialist lamps and existing lighting control systems.

16 March 17

 

Re-opening of Wellington Road in The Phoenix Park

The OPW wishes to announce that the Wellington Road in The Phoenix Park will reopen from Monday 20th March 2017 following the completion of road repairs and cycle lane installation.

15 March 17

 

A Poem as lovely as a Tree - Schools Poetry Competition for National Tree Week, 2017 Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham

To mark National Tree Week, the Pearse Museum and St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham invited school children from across Dublin City and County to write a poem inspired by trees and forests.  St. Enda's Park contains hundreds of beautiful trees and was formerly the home of Scoil Éanna, Patrick Pearse's experimental school.  Pearse moved his school to scenic Rathfarnham in 1910 because he was anxious that his pupils should develop a 'real interest and love for beautiful living things'.  Pearse was a great lover of nature and many of his poems and other writings were inspired by the beautiful landscape of St. Enda's Park.

13 March 17

 

Minister Canney provides Keynote Address at the GMIT International Construction Management Day Conference

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief provided the keynote address at the GMIT International Construction Management Day Conference which was held in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway.

9 March 17

 

Minister Canney outlines actions and the investment being made to mitigate flood risk

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief outlined actions and the investment being made to mitigate flood risk.

The Minister said “While water levels in some areas in the Shannon catchment have risen by up to 1.5 metres above the levels a fortnight or so ago, they remain at levels which are well below those experienced during the 2015/2016 flood event. The ESB has provided for an additional discharge of 50m3/s at Parteen Weir over a five-day period which is based on the predicted level of rain that is forecast for the Shannon catchment over that time. This is another example of the continued commitment by the Shannon agencies to work in a co-ordinated way in managing the water levels on the Shannon”. 

8 March 17

 

Minister Canney visits Rathfarnham Castle to mark 185 years of the OPW

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Rathfarnham Castle to mark an exhibition celebrating 185 years of the OPW.

Minister Canney said: “It is right that we acknowledge and record the significant and long lasting impact that the OPW has had on the Irish landscape. We can see this legacy every day in the quality of our infrastructure, the architecture of our built environment and the allure of our heritage attractions. The OPW has a wonderful story to tell and this is brought to life in the OPW 185 exhibition here in Rathfarnham Castle. I would strongly encourage the public that have had their lives enhanced through the legacy of the OPW to visit this exhibition and see for themselves the chronicle of the work that has been undertaken by the OPW.

2 March 17

 

Minister Canney meets with Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Ireland

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief met with Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong to discuss the Minister’s forthcoming visit to China as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2017. 

1 March 17

 

Minister Canney congratulates Casino Marino on its Award for ‘Tunnel Vision: Going Underground at Casino Marino’

Mr. Seán Canney,T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the Casino Marino on its recent award at the Heritage Council’s Heritage Awards Ceremony. 

The Award was presented in recognition of ‘Tunnel Vision: Going Underground at Casino Marino’ which tells the history of the vaults and tunnels in the outside basement of the building.  The long tunnel at the Casino was used in 1921 to practice firing the first two Thompson machine guns that arrived into Ireland from fund raising efforts by Harry Boland in America. 

26 February 17

 

Canney Launches BuildUpon Final Recommendations for a National Renovation Strategy for Ireland

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today launched the Green Building Council’s recommendations for a National Renovation Strategy for Ireland in the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.

The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) has proposed that the Government and financial institutions introduce a series of financial and tax measures – such as lower interest ‘green mortgages’ – to encourage homeowners, landlords and businesses to engage in ‘deep renovation’ which will significantly reduce their energy use.

23 February 17

 

Presentation to Oireachtas members on Cork City Flood Relief Scheme

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today attended a special presentation of the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme proposals to Oireachtas members from the City and County areas of Cork.  The presentation was made by the OPW and its Design Team which set out the background to the development of the proposed Scheme along with detailed information on the proposed measures, while also dealing with the issues which have been raised so far by the public as part of the current Public Exhibition process.

23 February 17

 

Minister Canney visits Portrane, County Dublin to see the impact of Coastal Erosion

Seán Canney, T.D. Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Portrane and Burrow Beach to see the impact that coastal erosion is having on the area.

During his visit the Minister met with local Deputies Brendan Ryan and Darragh O’Brien and also spoke with local Councillors, residents and property owners.

22 February 17

 

Minister Canney congratulates award-winning OPW Heritage Sites

Mr. Seán Canney,T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the seven heritage sites, all managed by the OPW, on winning their CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence 2016.  The coveted Awards are presented annually by CIE Tours International and are given in recognition of excellence in Irish Tourism.  Award winners are chosen following independent evaluation of CIE Tours customer surveys.

22 February 17

 

Minister Canney visits spectacular Altamont Gardens "the jewel in Ireland’s Gardening Crown” in Carlow

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. has made a visit to the spectacular Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. The Minister was in Altamont Gardens to meet with Carlow Tourism and he was accompanied on his visit by Patrick O’Donovan T.D., Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Altamont is part of the Carlow Garden Trail which is actively promoted by the OPW and Carlow Tourism.

9 February 17

 

OPW delighted to exhibit '1916 Portraits and Lives: An Exhibition by David Rooney' at Pearse Museum

1916 Portraits and Lives is an exhibition of portraits by David Rooney of 42 people whose lives were in one way or another deeply involved in the Easter Rising. The portraits were commissioned to illustrate a book of the same name published by the Royal Irish Academy and the Office of Public Works to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising last year. Some of the portraits were reproduced and featured in a memorable poster campaigns in 2016 which were displayed in bus and railway stations throughout the country. All 42 original illustrations which were commissioned by the Office of Public Works and now form part of the State Art Collection.

8 February 17

 

Minister Canney welcomes stakeholder co-operation on River Shannon flood relief work

The clearing of trees from Madden’s Island to enhance the conveyance capacity and navigation along the River Shannon has been applauded by Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Galway East T.D., Deputy Seán Canney. Minister Canney has cited it as an excellent example of how various State and Government agencies can work together.

8 February 17

 

Minister Canney welcomes confirmation of River Mall (Templemore) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, is pleased to announce receipt of notification that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe T.D., has formally confirmed the River Mall (Templemore) Flood Relief Scheme.

28 January 17

 

Minister Seán Canney outlines ambitious plans for Portumna Castle site

Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today outlined his ambitious plan for the future of Portumna Castle, stressing its key role in supporting tourism in the East Galway town and building on its existing strong profile with visitors.

23 January 17

 

OPW WELCOMES “VASE: FUNCTION REVIEWED” AT FARMLEIGH GALLERY

VASE: Function Reviewed debates issues of functionality in ceramics through a series of works by Irish and international artists.  The official launch of the exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery will take place on Thursday, 19th January 2017 at 6.30pm and will be opened by Hélène Bremer, Independent Curator and Art Historian

17 January 17

 

Minister of State welcomes the launch of Kilmainham Gaol Autographs website (a unique collection of autograph books owned by prisoners during 1916)

Mr. Sean Canney TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today welcomed the launch of the Kilmainham Gaol Autographs website which is one of the key 1916 Commemoration projects associated with the famous visitor site in Dublin 8 where the Rising Leaders were executed.

4 January 17