Current Press Releases


‘Life in Still Life’ opens at Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

‘Life in Still Life’ exhibition comes to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre as part of the annual cross border partnership between the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance of Northern Ireland (DoF).  The exhibition showcases 54 artworks from these public collections on the theme of still life selected by the members of The Association of Art and Design Education in Northern Ireland (AADE).

23 January 20


OPW announces dates for paid car-parking at Glendalough Visitor Centre

The OPW today announced the arrangements that will apply during 2020 for the management of the carpark at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow.

With effect from Saturday, February 1st 2020, contractors acting on the OPW's behalf will start the 2020 paid-admission operation of the carpark. 

20 January 20


Hospitals switch off to tackle climate emergency

Eight hospitals nationwide took part in OPW's ‘The BIG Switch Off’ and demonstrated the positive impact individual actions can have in reducing healthcare’s carbon footprint. Over a period of just three days, the hospitals saved enough electricity to run 97 standard Irish homes for a month.

20 January 20


OPW announces Snowdrop Festival at the beautiful Altamont Gardens during the month of February Guided Tours every Monday, Wednesday & Friday throughout the month at 2pm

The very popular Snowdrop Festival returns to the beautiful Office of Public Works (OPW) gardens at Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Co. Carlow next month. This is a wonderful opportunity to view this unique collection of over 100 named varieties of snowdrops, started by the late Corona North, to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of spring.

16 January 20


Minister Moran announces funding of €2 million for major restoration of Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park

Today, on a visit to the Magazine Fort, Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Paschal Donohoe TD., Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform announced funding of €2 million for conservation works to commence in 2020.  This marks a significant milestone in the realisation of the restoration and development of the Phoenix Park’s ‘Magazine Fort,’ which dates back to circa 1736.

13 January 20


Minister Moran Secures Government Support for €7m Towards Maintenance Plans for River Shannon

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today 12 January 2020 announced he has secured Government support for €7m investment to advance a planned programme of maintenance works including removing constrictions or ‘pinch points’ on the bed of the River Shannon at the Callows Region between Athlone and Meelick Weir to improve the conveyancing of the River Shannon.

12 January 20


Minister Moran visits Kilkenny Castle to open the recently installed wheelchair swing in the Castle’s Playground

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today visited Kilkenny Castle today to open the recently installed wheelchair swing in the Castle’s playground.  The wheelchair swing was installed in December 2019 and will further enhance the accessibility of the playground.  

6 January 20


Farmleigh Gallery presents “Crowded Thresholds” 7 December 2019 – 25 March 2020

A thought-provoking exhibition on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery, Crowded Thresholds represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible, visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

6 December 19