Welcome to the OPW Heritage Ireland Events Calendar

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


Big Win for Mayo in Prestigious Italian Awards Céide Fields Heritage Site brings home the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens

The Office of Public Works (OPW) Heritage Site the Céide Fields has won the prestigious Carlo Scarpa international landscape award for Gardens.  At a ceremony today in the Céide Fields Visitor Centre in Mayo, the Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., in the presence of Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development welcomed the bringing home of the Award which will now be proudly on display in the Visitor Centre.

22 May 18


Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Opens the Public Exhibition for the River Deel (Crossmolina) Certified 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 Deel (Crossmolina) Certified Drainage Scheme, in The Town Hall, in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo. 

The town of Crossmolina, Co Mayo, lies on the River Deel.  Crossmolina town has a history of flooding, with a series of flood events over the last numbers of years.  The most significant floods occurred in October 1989, December 2006 and December 2015.

22 May 18


Kevin “Boxer” Moran publishes Flood Risk Management Plans and announces €257 million for 50 New Flood Relief Schemes, as part of a Ten-Year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures

Speaking in Athlone today, launching a ten-year programme of €1 billion in investment in flood relief measures the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., in the presence on An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., announced a first tranche of €257 million in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction.

3 May 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


Hill of Tara Conservation Management Plan Public Consultation

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, has announced details of an online consultation process where the public can give their views on the Hill of Tara in County Meath as part of her Department’s proposals to develop a new plan for the future preservation and management of the State-owned lands at the hill.

The Hill of Tara is one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Ireland.  The hill contains around 150 archaeological monuments, which span over 5,000 years from the Neolithic to modern times.  Tara is a place of great cultural importance.  It was the focus of prehistoric burials and rituals and the ceremonial landscape of powerful medieval kings.  It attracted the attention of Irish leaders throughout the ages and became the symbolic capital of Ireland in literature.  The hill is also an amenity enjoyed by the local community and by visitors.

22 March 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