Welcome to the OPW Heritage Ireland Events Calendar

Scheduled opening date of Skellig Michael announced

The OPW has today confirmed that they are finalising pre-season and safety works on Skellig Michael and are therefore happy to announce that the Island will open to visitors on Friday next, the 24th May.

21 May 19


Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Opens the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today launched the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme, at Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

17 May 19


Scheduled opening date of Skellig Michael deferred

The OPW has today confirmed that, owing to recent poor weather and sea conditions off the South west cost, the scheduled opening date for visitors to Skellig Michael has been deferred.  The decision was taken late on Friday 10th when it became apparent that further poor weather in the next few days will make access impossible, meaning that necessary pre-season safety works cannot be completed on time.

13 May 19



There was a large turnout at Emo Court on May 7th for a public information evening hosted by the Heritage Service of the OPW.  The event, which took place in the main hall of Emo Court, was held in advance of the official opening of the first floor of the site on May 26th.  The purpose of the meeting was to update the local community on developments at Emo Court and to solicit feedback from the local community and from the regular users of the site.

13 May 19


Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Duckspool, Dungarvan Co Waterford.

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Dungarvan today (10 April 2019) where he announced approval of funding of €562,000 to Waterford City and County Council under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for a project at Duckspool, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The main works comprise the replacement of the existing outfall pipes in order to ensure reliable and adequate capacity for the discharge of surface waters to the estuary.

10 April 19


Exhibition ‘The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art’ to Open this Weekend Display drawn exclusively from private collections will exhibit in State Apartments Galleries

A new exhibition, ‘The Birth of Irish Modernism in Irish Art’ will open at the State Apartments Galleries in Dublin Castle on Friday April 12th. This unique exhibition, curated by David Britton, is drawn exclusively from private collections with many of the works on display for the first time in over 50 years.


9 April 19


Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran welcomes the commencement of works on the River Fergus (Ennis South) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Ennis today to turn the sod marking the commencement of works on the River Fergus (Ennis South) Flood Relief Scheme. This marks the latest segment of the Ennis town and environs flood defences since the completion of the Ennis Upper and Ennis Lower (including Aughanteeroe and Fior Uisce areas) Schemes. 

9 April 19


“A Poem as lovely as a Tree”: Schools Poetry Competition for National Tree Week, 2019 Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham - 6 April 2019

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.


4 April 19


Regional Hospital Mullingar crowned winner of the OPW’s ‘The BIG Switch Off’ and is named as Energy Saving Champion

Six Hospitals around the country saved enough electricity to run nearly 90 standard Irish homes for a month during the OPW’s “BIG Switch Off” Campaign.

The Regional Hospital Mullingar was crowned winner of ‘The BIG Switch Off’ at an awards ceremony in Dublin having reduced their energy consumption by as much as 15% as part of the energy saving competition.  Six hospitals nationwide took part in the competition which was run by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in collaboration with the HSE’s National Health Sustainability Office (NHSO).

29 January 19


Untitled [landscape]

Welcome to Untitled [landscape], the latest in a series of joint art exhibitions organised by the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland (DoF) and the Office of Public Works (OPW). Both Departments have been working in partnership organising art exhibitions since the late 1990s. These exhibitions, which have toured to many venues across the island, bring both collections to wider public audiences.

26 September 18


OPW’s Phoenix Park wins prestigious Gold International Large Parks Award

The Phoenix Park in Dublin is one of only two parks in the world to receive a prestigious Gold Award in the Inaugural International Large Urban Parks Awards organised by World Urban Parks based in Canada. The awards recognise the quality of Parks across the globe, the skills of the people who manage them and the value they bring to the cities they serve. The only other winner of a gold award by World Urban Parks is Centennial Park, in Sydney, Australia.

19 July 18


Heritage Ireland Issue 8 Summer 2018

Hello to all our Heritage Ireland ezine readers and welcome to our Summer 2018 edition.

We have several articles and news pieces in this issue to share with you; these focus not only on the Heritage estate in the care of the Office of Public Works but also on many other aspects of the wonderful aspects of our Culture and Heritage and we hope you will enjoy reading these fascinating insights created by our team of Guides, Historians, Gardeners etc all around the country.

18 July 18


Grove of Nations Tree Planting at Farmleigh Estate

Ambassadors and representatives from the Diplomatic Community in Ireland attended the 4th treeplanting ceremony within the confines of the Grove of Nations, launched last year at Farmleigh Estate.

23 April 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 (http://bit.ly/2B7PCSf) and in recent years archaeological work addressing the continued erosion of the site has been carried out.

18 December 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