Current Press Releases

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JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park to Celebrate National Heritage Week with Range of Free Activities

JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park at New Ross will celebrate National Heritage Week 2019 with a range of exciting, free activities. National Heritage Week, which runs from the 17th to 25th of August, is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of Ireland’s wonderful resources.

12 August 19

 

Step Back in Time at Oldbridge House for National Heritage Week

Visitors are invited to step back in time at Oldbridge House for National Heritage Week which runs from the 17th - 25th of August. National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of Ireland’s wonderful resources.

12 August 19

 

Celebrate National Heritage Week with a range of free events at Kilkenny Castle

The history of cricket in Kilkenny and it’s connection with hurling, 19th century gardens, a talk on the Butler’s of La Rochelle and a look at the outdoor pleasure and pastimes of the Victorians are some of the great events being hosted by the Office of Public Works (OPW) at Kilkenny Castle to celebrate National Heritage Week 2019.

12 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

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran outlines the significant progress being made in implementing the €12 million Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mr. Kevin “Boxer” Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today outlined the progress being made in implementing the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme.

22 July 19

 

Kilkenny Castle Celebrates European Film Heritage with Screening of French Classic Film Amélie Office of Public Works hosting free event in conjunction with Creative Europe

On Saturday 27th of July the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Creative Europe are holding a special screening of the classic 2001 French film Amélie in the wonderful surroundings of Kilkenny Castle. The screening is one of just 13 screenings taking place in cities across Europe as part of ‘A Season of Classic Films’, a Creative Europe initiative to highlight Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage.  Some other iconic venues hosting the screenings across Europe include Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki, Greece and the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy. ‘A Season of Classic Films’ is a follow-up on the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

19 July 19

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran launches a Public Consultation on the draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, today launched a public consultation on the OPW’s Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management. 

19 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

 

Minister Boxer Moran welcomes strong tourism figures at key OPW Visitor sites

Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran TD today welcomed the publication of visitor statistics for the OPW’s heritage sites.

15 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

 

OPW launches new Edwin Lutyens Exhibition in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens

On this, the eve of the National Commemorations in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce a new Exhibition celebrating the work of the world renowned Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lutyens, whose mother was an Irish woman, Mary Gallwey.

12 July 19

 

Minister Moran announces the completion of the purchase of land at Emo Demesne

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today announced the purchase of a plot of land, approximately 8 acres, which is situated within the historic demesne of Emo Court. The plot is located to the side of the main Wellingtonia Avenue, near the original main entrance to the Estate.

9 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.

22 June 19

 

Farmleigh Gallery presents Structures and Forms. Chaos and the Void. The Empty Vessel.

An exhibition of works by Gareth Jenkins, Kohei Nakata and Masashi Suzuki.

The Weaving Paintings by Kohei Nakata physically describe the action of painting lines in pearl acrylic that appear to weave between each other. His Layered and Line Paintings suggest a ritualistic repetitive process. The choice of gesture is in contrast to the hard edged lines and colour in the paintings of Gareth Jenkins. Both process driven surfaces reference structure and form.

20 June 19

 

Farmleigh Gallery presents Structures and Forms. Chaos and the Void. The Empty Vessel.

An exhibition of works by Gareth Jenkins, Kohei Nakata and Masashi Suzuki.

20 June 19

 

Twenty Free Things to do this Summer

Come with us on a journey, through Ireland’s magical past! This summer follow in the footsteps of princesses, witches and knights and take a trip to some of our country’s best kept secrets.

 

18 June 19

 

Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Townspark, Dundalk

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Dundalk today (18th June 2019) where he announced approval of funding of €668,571 to Louth County Council under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for a project at Townspark, Dundalk, Co. Louth. The main works comprise the extension of a drainage pipeline towards Balmer’s bog to mitigate against flood risk in the area.  

18 June 19

 

Go Bats in Derrynane at the Discover Derrynane Weekend 2019 Packed programme of free events for children and adults 7th June to 9th June 2019

This weekend the OPW will host the sixth annual Discover Derrynane Weekend at Derrynane House and National Historic Park. This year the festival is bigger and better than ever with 50 free events suitable for children and adults taking place across the weekend. The Discover Derrynane Weekend brings walks, talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions to the historic house and grounds, and families of all ages will find plenty to do on this magical stretch of the scenic Kerry coast.

6 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

 

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

 

LARGE TURN OUT FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION EVENING ON EMO COURT NEWLY RENOVATED FLOOR OF EMO COURT WILL OPEN ON 26TH OF MAY EMO COURT SUMMER CULTURAL PROGRAMME UNVEILED

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

 

Refurbishment of Kilkenny Castle Park Playground begins in May

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has announced that an extensive €100K refurbishment of the children’s playground at Kilkenny Castle Park is due to commence on the 13th of May. The work being undertaken includes the installation of some new play equipment and a replacement of the rubber surfaces. Works are estimated to take two weeks and are due to be completed by end of May.

26 April 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

 

Experience Japan Hanami Festival Day Farmleigh House & Estate, Phoenix Park Sunday 7 April 2019

Come along to the Experience Japan Hanami Festival in the beautiful grounds of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 7 April, 2019 and celebrate Irish and Japanese culture with friends and family.

10 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

 

Searching for information on Peter Byrne, Ballykinlar Camp internee 1920-21

Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Down County Museum are looking for descendants and relatives of Peter Byrne, a Dublin man who was one of 2,000 prisoners interned in Ballykinlar Camp in County Down between 1920 and 1921. Peter was a carpenter who lived at No. 1 Barrow Street, Dublin 2 with his wife Frances. He fought in the Boland’s Mill garrison during the 1916 Rising, after which he was sent to Wakefield Prison in England. He was later arrested during the War of Independence in November 1920 and was brought first to Arbour Hill Barracks before being shipped to Ballykinlar via Belfast. 

25 March 19

 

OPW publishes Phoenix Park Visitor Experience, Draft Strategic Review

The Office of Public Works together with its strategic partners Fáilte Ireland and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have launched an independent review of the current visitor experience in the Phoenix Park and assessment of future opportunities for the development and enhancement of the Park. The Draft Review will be on public display for the next three weeks and the public are invited to make observations and comments.

19 March 19

 

OPW announces ‘Greening’ of Heritage Sites and State Buildings as part of the 2019 National St Patrick’s Festival

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in association with Fáilte Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Festival Organisation is delighted to announce details of the ‘greening’ of Heritage sites and State buildings for the duration of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival.  This campaign, which celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and promotes Ireland both nationally and internationally, has gone from strength to strength with significant numbers of notable landmark buildings which are 'greening' for the Festival.

12 March 19

 

OPW announces ‘Greening’ of Heritage Sites and State Buildings as part of the 2019 National St Patrick’s Festival

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in association with Fáilte Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Festival Organisation is delighted to announce details of the ‘greening’ of Heritage sites and State buildings for the duration of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival.  This campaign, which celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and promotes Ireland both nationally and internationally, has gone from strength to strength with significant numbers of notable landmark buildings which are 'greening' for the Festival.

12 March 19

 

Farmleigh Gallery presents 'Crossing the Salt': An Exhibition of artworks by Gabhann Dunne

An extensive exhibition of new works by Gabhann Dunne 'Crossing the Salt' reflects on changes wrought by the journeyings of water and the migration of wildlife and what they have to tell us about our identity.  Cristín Leach the Sunday Times art critic said of it "'Crossing the Salt' is, in equal parts, disturbing and delightful, ambitious in scale but delicate and measured in its presentation". Over a hundred birds, painted on separate panels, plunge, swoop and fly in this large installation. In this and other works in the show Dunne uses colour and gesture to evoke the vulnerability and energy of his subject, and asks the viewer to think on issues of emigration, migration, absence, and our changing climate.

12 March 19

 

OPW showcases Building Engineering as an environmentally sustainable career for Ireland's next generation

The Office of Public Works (OPW) have launched a campaign to encourage young people to consider Building Engineering as a career and to join in their own mission to reduce energy usage in our built environment.

5 March 19

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the announcement of essential conservation works at Athlone Castle

Mr. Kevin Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, announces that the Office of Public Works will undertake essential conservation works on the exterior walls of Athlone Castle.  These works are due to commence next Wednesday, 27th February.

22 February 19

 

Untitled [landscape] exhibition opening in Luan Gallery, Athlone

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief in conjunction with Desi McDonnell, Director of Enterprise Shared Services (ESS), Department of Finance, Northern Ireland will open a joint touring exhibition, Untitled [landscape] at Luan Gallery, Athlone, on Friday 15th February 2019 at 6pm.

15 February 19

 

OPW announces €5m investment at Brú na Bóinne

The Office of Public Works along with its strategic partners, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is set to invest €5m at Brú na Bóinne. The works include major refurbishment of Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, the installation of a stunning state of the art exhibition at Knowth celebrating the megalithic art at the site and improved interpretation and visitor facilities at Newgrange National Monument.

12 February 19

 

Minister Moran welcomes Irish Sign Language Tours at OPW Heritage Sites

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has announced that the OPW will offer an extended programme of Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreted tours at OPW heritage sites in 2019.  This follows on from similar, very successful programmes in previous years and extends the number of sites where these services are available.  This year will see the extension of the programme to include sites outside Dublin such as the Rock of Cashel and Charles Fort in Kinsale for the first time.

11 February 19

 

‘Living Inside: Six Voices From the History of Irish Prison Reform’ A new exhibition at Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Living Inside: Six Voices From the History of Irish Prison Reform’ is a new exhibition which opens in Kilmainham Gaol Museum on 9th February 2019. Based on historical research of leading UCD academics, and using evocative images by photojournalist Derek Speirs, and rarely seen objects from Mountjoy Prison Museum, the exhibition tells the story of six ordinary people whose lives were entangled in campaigns for prison reform in Ireland since the 1960s.

7 February 19

 

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

The OPW today announced the arrangements that will apply during 2019 for the management of the car park at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow.

30 January 19

 

OPW announces Snowdrop Festival at the beautiful Altamont Gardens during the month of February

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 year we are delighted to announce the extension of the Festival for the whole month of February.  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.

25 January 19

 

Major acquisition by OPW and the Castletown Foundation of the portrait of Emily, Duchess of Leinster

The Office of Public Works (OPW) together with the Castletown Foundation, and with the generous support of the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, have acquired a portrait of Emily FitzGerald, the Duchess of Leinster which will be unveiled in Castletown House in Kildare on 24th January at 11am.

23 January 19

 

Minister Moran congratulates The Phoenix Park on its Award in Irish Independent 2019 Reader Travel Awards

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the Phoenix Park on its award for Ireland’s Favourite Local Attraction in the Irish Independent 2019 Reader Travel Awards.

19 January 19

 

Minister Moran confirms OPW assistance for Ethiopian heritage site at Axum

Following the visit by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Ethiopia, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran TD, has confirmed that officials in Office of Public Works Heritage Services stand ready to assist their counterparts in Ethiopia in their efforts to secure World Heritage Site status for Axum.

11 January 19