Vacancy: Gardener, Derrynane House & National Historical Park

Competition Reference: 2018017

The Office of Public Works (OPW) invites applications for the position of Gardener at Derrynane House and National Historic Park.

14 February 18


President Higgins and Sabina unveil Dearcán na nDaoine - The People’s Acorn

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins invited a number of renowned artists working in Ireland and abroad to propose a suitable commemorative piece for installation in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin as an appropriate and permanent tribute to the men and women whose effort and sacrifice contributed to Irish freedom and which would also serve as an inspiration towards realising such a promise of building a true republic as outlined in the 1916 proclamation.

14 February 18


URGENT NOTICE. Dunbeg Fort, Co. Kerry.


Dunbeg Fort, Fahan, Dingle, Co. Kerry is currently CLOSED.

Following damage from recent severe weather events the site is extremely dangerous and members of the public are asked not to visit the monument for their own safety. The Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Monuments Service (NMS) are currently assessing the damage.

Dunbeg Fort is a national monument in State guardianship. The cliff-edge site has suffered extensive erosion since it was first recorded in the early 19th century. It was extensively archaeologically excavated by Prof. T.B. Barry in 1977 ( and in recent years archaeological work addressing the continued erosion of the site has been carried out.

18 December 17


OPW HQ, Trim hosts 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 the OPW HQ in Trim until March 2018.  Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW said, ‘I am delighted to welcome this exhibition to our Headquarters in Trim.  The Exhibition catalogues the long lasting impact that the OPW has had on the quality of our infrastructure, the architecture of our built environment and the allure of our heritage attractions. I would encourage all to come and visit this free Exhibition’.

12 December 17


Hi! Fashion comes to the Farmleigh Gallery in the Phoenix Park. Japanese and Irish Fashion come together in a stunning fashion exhibition.

An exciting exhibition “Hi! Fashion” which explores and celebrates fashion design from Ireland and Japan hosted by the OPW, commissioned by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and curated by Gemma A. Williams will open in Farmleigh Gallery on 1st December. Showcasing garments from ground-breaking fashion designers spanning six decades, the exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. 

29 November 17


Minister 'Boxer' Moran makes major announcement on the Shannon at the Irish National Flood Forum 2nd Annual Conference in Athlone

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief was in Athlone on Saturday 25th November at the Irish National Flood Forum Conference where he made a major announcement in relation to the Shannon.

Minister Moran said, “The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group which was established by the Government to manage flood risk on the Shannon is proving to be a very effective forum for positive engagement and action on the Shannon Catchment.   I am delighted that Waterways Ireland and the OPW are progressing a project for the removal of 18 pinchpoints between Athlone and Meelick on the Shannon to improve conveyance capacity on the river.  This is a major step forward for farming, for tourism and for habitats, particularly in relation to the nesting birds and the curlew.  For the first time in many years, targeted maintenance works were undertaken earlier this year at Madden’s Island and, at Portavolla, I recently turned the sod on a minor works scheme costing €120,000 which will be completed early in 2018.  Further maintenance works will be carried out on the Shannon pinch points in 2018 when the next environmental window for the works will allow. The initial estimate for this targeted maintenance work is some €6 million over a five-year period and is subject to approval through the planning process.

27 November 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.

1 July 17


"Every day I pinch myself" - The OPW's Robbie Norris explains why being Head Gardener at The Áras is his dream job

22 June 17


OPW Art Management Videos

Check out latest videos from recent exhibitions and events.

19 January 17


OPW 1916 Videos

A selection of videos commissioned by the OPW to commemorate the Centenerary of 1916 can be found here.

1 February 17