Welcome to the OPW Heritage Ireland Events Calendar

Minister Boxer Moran announces major new initiative for Clonmacnoise

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD, today announced that the OPW will shortly undertake a comprehensive new study at Clonmacnoise in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  The study has the potential to revolutionise the way visitors are managed at the famous 6th century monastic site in Co. Offaly and will directly help to protect the site for years to come.

18 October 19

 

Position - Catering & Service Assistant at Áras an Uachtaráin.

COMPETITION REF: 2019048

The Office of Public Works (OPW) invites applications for appointment to the position of Catering & Service Assistant in the Office of Public Works at Áras an Uachtaráin.


16 October 19

 

Minister Moran views Brexit preparedness works at Rosslare Harbour

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD, today visited Rosslare Harbour to view progress on infrastructure being developed as part of Brexit preparedness works.

15 October 19

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran in Athlone to view the commencement of works at the Showgrounds as part of the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Athlone today to witness the commencement of sheet piling works at the Showgrounds as part of the works being undertaken for the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme.  These works are part of the Deerpark Cell which works commenced on earlier this year.

14 October 19

 

Position - General Operative Band 3 in the Office of Public Works at Garinish Island (Ilnacullin), Co. Cork.

COMPETITION REF: 2019058

The Office of Public Works (OPW) invites applications for appointment to the position of General Operative Band 3 in the Office of Public Works at Garinish Island (Ilnacullin), Co. Cork.


8 October 19

 

Herbarium in Focus - Exhibition to bring to life the power of Plants

Herbarium in Focus, a free exhibition in Ireland’s National Herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens was officially opened today by Office of Public Works (OPW) Commissioner, John McMahon. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the key role herbarium’s play in our understanding of the natural environment and to encourage public participation in this important resource.

3 October 19

 

Minister Moran congratulates the Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Winners for 2019

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today congratulated the lucky winners in the Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2019.  The Winter Solstice Lottery draw took place this year in our new exhibition room at Knowth, to select those winners who will be provided with access into the Newgrange Chamber over the winter solstice period.  This year over 30,500 entries were received from Ireland and locations around the globe to experience the winter Solstice event at Newgrange.

27 September 19

 

EIA Pre Screening Exercise and Appropriate Assessment Screening - Ballinhassig Garda Station

Appropriate Assessment Screening Determination of a proposal under Part 9 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) to carryout the following works at An Garda Síochána, Ballinhassig Garda Station, Halfway, Ballinhassig, Co.Cork T12 K125.

9 September 19

 

Death Mask of Daniel O'Connell presented to the OPW by the Countess of Dunraven

A death mask of Daniel O’ Connell, regarded as one the great figures of modern Irish history, was presented to the Office of Public Works (OPW) today by the Countess of Dunraven at Derrynane House, the family home of O’ Connell. The presentation of the death mask, which has been in the custodianship of the Dunraven family for over 160 years, was made at the Daniel O’ Connell Summer School which is taking place in Derrynane House today.

24 August 19

 

Uncover Centuries of Hidden Heritage at Ireland’s Historic Properties this National Heritage Week

A walk along Celtic tree trails, an exploration of Victorian pastimes and a taste of Georgian fine dining are just some of the events organised by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to mark National Heritage Week which runs from 17th -25th of August.

12 August 19

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran turns the sod on the Deerpark Cell – part of the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Athlone today to witness the turning of the sod on this vital cell of the scheme. These works are part of the eight cells being progressed as part of the €12 million Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme.

30 July 19

 

OPW announces change to Visitor Comment Books policy at Heritage sites

The Office of Public Works today announced that it has reviewed its approach to making Visitor Comment books available at sites following clarification by the Data Protection Commission that the use of Visitor Books are not a breach of GDPR.

25 July 19

 

Minister Moran visits Athlone to view the completion of Phase 1 Works of the redevelopment and refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station

Mr. Kevin “Boxer” Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Athlone today to view the completion of Phase One Works of the restoration and refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station.

18 July 19

 

Minister Moran announces Pollinator Plan for Leinster Lawn

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief announced today, that the OPW will be implementing a new Pollinator Plan for Leinster Lawn.

OPW has been working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, to consider actions from the All Ireland Pollinator Plan which could be implemented,to make the landscape in Leinster House more pollinator friendly. This Plan was recently presented to the Oireachtas Committee and approval was granted last week. Works will immediately commence on the implementation of the various actions in the proposal.

17 July 19

 

9 Green Flag Awards for OPW Parks

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (17 July 2019) welcomed the news that 9 OPW sites were among the group of 60 Irish Parks and Gardens across the Republic of Ireland who received their 2019 Green Flags. The Green Flag Awards, administered by An Taisce in the Republic of Ireland, recognise and encourage the provision of good quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.  The awards are marked on eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

17 July 19

 

Minister Moran officially opens Dysert Oenghusa Round Tower and Church in Croom, Co. Limerick

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (16 July 2019) officially opened Dysert Oenghusa Round Tower and Church following many years of conservation.

16 July 19

 

OPW Celebrates 30 years of stewardship at The Swiss Cottage

Today sees a series of events taking place to mark the 30th Anniversary of the OPW’s Stewardship of the Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.  The festivities will be held between 12 noon and 5pm and admission to the famous cottage is free of charge for the day.

14 July 19

 

Minister Moran announces the re-opening of newly refurbished Kilkenny Castle Park Playground

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today announced the re-opening of the children’s playground at Kilkenny Castle after a €100K refurbishment. The Playground will re-open to the public from Tuesday 9th July at 2.00pm.

9 July 19

 

The Big Brick Experience comes to Farmleigh 29th June – 1st September

The Office of Public Works are delighted to present the return of The Big Brick Experience for the third year running, this time at the fabulous Farmleigh House in Dublin. The Exhibition showcases the best of Construction toys, 3D Puzzles and Football Stadium replicas.

28 June 19

 

Doneraile Court Opens To The Public For The First Time In A Generation

Doneraile Court, the stunning centrepiece of one of Ireland’s most beautiful estates, today opened its doors to the public for the first time in a generation following a €1.6million restoration by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, officially opened the historic house today at an event attended by the local community.

Doneraile Court which was built in the 1700’s by the St Leger family, who remained in residence for 13 generations until 1969. It has been in the stewardship of the OPW since 1994 and following the €1.6 Capital Works Project, including a €350K from the Department of Culture Heritage and Gaeltacht, the ground floor has been fully restored and the house now takes its place as one of Ireland’s most important historic properties.

22 June 19

 

OPW MARK 25th ANNIVERSARY OF EMO COURT BEQUEATHAL TO NATION WITH INAUGURAL OPENING OF THE FIRST FLOOR

The OPW celebrated the 25th Anniversay of Emo Court being bequeathed to the Nation with a special event today attended by Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality. Emo Court, a James Gandon designed property, is one of Ireland’s most important country houses and has been in State ownership since 1995 when it was bequeathed to the nation by Major Cholmeley Harrison.

27 May 19

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

URGENT NOTICE.

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 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