Current Press Releases

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Olivia O’Leary presents “The Heart of Summer”- poetry and music in Emo Court, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Poetry Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW) have announced a new partnership to bring the finest poetry and music to Ireland’s great historic houses in a series of events called 'The Heart of Summer'.

20 June 18

 

OPW delighted to host 'Derek Hill and the View from Donegal'. An exhibition of the visionary work of Donegal’s Adopted son at The State Apartments, Dublin Castle

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host “Derek Hill and the View from Donegal”, an exhibition of the visionary work of Donegal’s adopted son at The State Apartments, Dublin Castle.  The exhibition to be officially opened today at 5.30pm by Joe McHugh,T.D.,  Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht explores Hill’s time in Italy in the 1950’s his close association with Tory Island and the folk artists there, and features many of the highlights from his collection of artworks and objects.  Hill’s legacy is also examined with a look at the contemporary art scene in Donegal.

20 June 18

 

OPW delighted to host “Horse Traditions” An exhibition showcasing the importance of Horses in Irish Society 19th June to 15th July 2018

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host "Horse Traditions", a month long exhibition displaying horse tack and memorabilia from the past to present as used by the three horse organisations located in the Phoenix Park.

19 June 18

 

Shiva Productions present “Meet me in the Gardens” at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin 24th June to 14th July 2018

Shiva Productions present “Meet me in the Gardens” at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin 24th June to 14th July 2018

The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin are delighted to host a unique theatrical experience from the makers of “Angels in the Park.

14 June 18

 

OPW delighted to launch the 2018 Discover Derrynane Weekend 15th June to 17th June 2018

This weekend the OPW’s ‘Discover Derrynane’ weekend festival, which is in its fifth year, will showcase the natural and cultural heritage of Derrynane and the surrounding area.

Aimed at families, the festival provides an action-packed programme of free educational activities, walks, talks, tours, documentaries, music and art.  Most of the activity providers are locally based and topics range from archaeology, dark sky observing, wild plant medicine walks, seaweed walks and bat walks, to music, painting and photography to name a few. This year, for the first time, the festival also includes a number of exhibitions, including wildlife and landscape photography.

13 June 18

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran meets with Donegal County Council. Burnfoot among the Flood Relief Schemes in Donegal to be advanced as a priority.

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Donegal today where he met with officials from Donegal County Council to put in place arrangements for the advancement of flood relief schemes in Donegal.

7 June 18

 

Tomás Ó Criomthain’s house on Blasket Islands opens following restoration. Investment will help grow and sustain tourism on Dingle Peninsula.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has completed work on the restoration of the original house of the renowned Great Blasket Island writer Tomás Ó Criomhthain. The vision for the restored house is to provide an authentic visitor experience and bring to life the harsh living conditions endured by the local community before the Island was finally abandoned by the 22 remaining inhabitants in 1953. The house which was in a roofless, derelict condition has been restored in a traditional manner to a high standard.

6 June 18

 

OPW delighted to host “Face to Face – Anthony Palliser’s Irish Portraits”

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host ‘Face to Face - Anthony Palliser’s Irish Portraits’, a major summer exhibition in Farmleigh Gallery in the Phoenix Park, brings together for the first time over eighty portraits of more than thirty Irish cultural icons by renowned Anglo-Belgian portrait painter Anthony Palliser. The exhibition to be opened by Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, will include paintings and drawings of individuals who have, over the past fifty years, contributed significantly to the development of Irish cultural life and its international reputation and appreciation.

31 May 18

 

OPW and An Post celebrate the 1,400th Anniversary of St. Kevin of Glendalough

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and An Post today celebrate the life of St. Kevin of Glendalough with the display of "St. Kevin and the Blackbird", an artwork by Imogen Stuart & Tim O’Neill in Glendalough Visitor Centre, Co. Wicklow and the launch of An Post’s latest stamp marking the 1,400th anniversary of the death of St. Kevin.

31 May 18

 

OPW to showcase its world class heritage offering at Bloom. Ireland's Historic Gardens in the care of the OPW will be brought to life. Visit the Victorian Walled Garden to get tips from our expert gardeners.

This year the Office of Public Works (OPW) marquee at Bloom (located in the Conservation Zone close to the picnic Zone) will feature some of our iconic heritage sites and showcase our world class heritage offering from castles to cottages, from abbeys to ancient Christian sites- with 5,000 years of history and over 6 million visitors every year we have something to appeal to everyone.  We will also bring Ireland's Historic Gardens in the care of the OPW to life with interactive touchscreens providing imagery and information about beautiful well known gardens in addition to our many hidden gems.  From the stunning Altamont Gardens in Carlow to the recently refurbished Annes Grove in Cork to the breath-taking surrounds of the National Botanic Gardens featuring Richard Turner’s magnificent curvilinear range of glasshouses, the OPW marquee will feature 25 spectacular gardens around the country which are open to the public.

30 May 18

 

Office of Public Works and Enterprise Ireland launch a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge to create a Virtual History of Dublin City

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland today launched the €160k Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge to create a virtual history of Dublin City.

The Office of Public Works supported by the SBIR is inviting companies to tender to develop a feasibility study for Virtual and Augmented Reality Solutions to simulate the following user experiences for education and cultural tourism.

30 May 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

 

Free admission to OPW Heritage Sites for persons with disabilities and their carers commences today 1 May 2018

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has today welcomed the commencement of free admission to all OPW managed heritage site where an admission charge applies for persons with disabilities and their carers.

1 May 18

 

Office of Public Works and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir accepted and completed the #Ode2Joy Challenge at Newgrange UNESCO World Heritage Site

To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invited all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge.  This challenge was to celebrate Europe through our common cultural heritage.  It seeks to unlock creativity and encourage participants to make an “#Ode2Europe” as a humanistic and cultural project, based on shared values, history & heritage.

22 April 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the €8.3 million contract for the restoration 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 with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, TD. to announce details of the restoration and refurbishment of Athlone Garda Station.

20 April 18

 

Unsurrendered Spirits: The Prison Writings of Dorothy Macardle

17 April 2018 to 30 September 2018. A new exhibition at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To coincide with Dublin City Council’s One City, One Book initiative, Kilmainham Gaol Museum is proud to unveil a new exhibition focusing on the work of pioneering writer Dorothy Macardle.

17 April 18

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran visits 'The Space Between' at the Backstage Theatre & Centre for Arts in Longford

'The Space Between' exhibition is in Longford at the Backstage Theatre & Centre for Arts.  This annual joint touring exhibition of artworks from the collections of the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) of Northern Ireland features 38 artworks from these public collections, north and south.  The exhibition curated by 12 undergraduate students studying on the BDes Graphic Design and Illustration course from Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, worked with the curatorial teams in the Department of Finance, Belfast and the OPW, Dublin over two days to select artworks from their respective public art collections.

12 April 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes further progress on the €10 million Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme with the commencement of works at The Quay for the next phase of flood relief works in Athlone

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 review the commencement of preliminary works by OPW staff on the flood relief works at The Quay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The works starting this week on The Quay and at Brick Island are the next two areas for construction in the town while the works at Iona Park are due to be completed shortly, having been started in 2017.

10 April 18

 

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin delighted to host ‘Three Threads - An Exhibition exploring the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore’

On 3 September 1907, Frederick William Moore (1857-1949), Curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin addressed the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), London.  His lecture was titled 'Lesser known orchids' and for it he punctuated his mark on orchid history.

It is with great delight that the National Botanic Gardens will hold an exhibition that highlights three threads of Frederick Moore's passion.  The first thread is based on his lecture to the RHS and displays some of the archival material from the Library at Glasnevin. It will be a taste of the collection, as it was then, from old photographic plates to excerpts from letters written to Moore.  There will be glimpses of the plants that were the "rare" or "uncommon" and tales of endurance provided by plants that grow in the collection today, the same ones that did when Moore walked in his precious glasshouses.  Moore was proud of the achievements at the Gardens and often sent plants to the RHS in London for exhibit.  There he achieved many awards.

28 March 18

 

Irish Heritage Site Céide Fields wins Prestigious Italian Landscape Award. Carlo Scarpa Prize announced in Milan today.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) Heritage Site the Céide Fields has been awarded the prestigious Carlo Scarpa international landscape award for Gardens in an announcement made in Milan today. Every year the Italian Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche awards the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens – to attract attention to a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values.   The award will be accompanied by an exhibition in Treviso, a book and a TV documentary which forms part of an awareness raising campaign, a fundamental element of the prize. The formal prize-giving ceremony will be held in Italy on 12th May.

21 March 18

 

Discover what life was like in Dublin Castle under British rule through a series of talks and family activities at the Making Majesty exhibition

The Office of Public Works invites the public to discover the Making Majesty exhibition at Dublin Castle through a series of talks and events running until 28 April 2018.  The exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle through grand architecture, stately ceremonies and fine furnishings. Through a series of engaging events, pop-up talks, and a panel discussion, life in and around the Castle will be explored.

16 March 18

 

OPW announces Greening of Heritage Sites and State Buildings for St. Patrick’s Festival 2018 and “#OPWGoesGreen” Photography Competition

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 2018 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.

15 March 18

 

'A Poem as lovely as a tree' Schools Poetry Competition for National Tree Week 2018

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.  Pearse moved his school to scenic Rathfarnham in 1910 because he was anxious that his pupils should develop a 'real interest and love for beautiful living things'.  Pearse was a great lover of nature and many of his poems and other writings were inspired by the beautiful landscape of St. Enda's Park.

9 March 18

 

'Primal Landscape' - An exhibition of paintings by Kate Nolan at Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park Rathfarnham

To coincide with National Tree Week (4 - 12 March) the Pearse Museum is launching its latest temporary exhibition, Primal Landscape by Kate Nolan.  Kate’s work has always been deeply influenced by the landscape around her and this collection has been particularly inspired by the trees and woods of St. Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham in which the Pearse Museum is located.  The environment of St. Enda’s Park has had a major influence on her work as she has lived on its doorstep for many years. 

8 March 18

 

President Higgins unveils a plaque at the National Botanic Gardens to ground-breaking designer Richard Turner

On March the 8th, President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina will visit the National Botanic Gardens to unveil a plaque to Richard Turner in Curvilinear House, on behalf of the National Committee for Science & Engineering Commemorative Plaques.

8 March 18

 

‘The Space Between’ comes to the Backstage Theatre & Centre for Arts

First time this North/South collaborative Exhibition of Government Artworks comes to Longford. Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran says he is committed to making Art and Culture accessible to communities.

7 March 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the acquisition by the OPW of a site for the New District Garda Headquarters serving the Bailieborough area

Mr. Kevin Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, today announced that a site has now been acquired by the OPW for the provision of a new Garda Station in Bailieborough, Co Cavan.

6 March 18

 

Just Plant! Launch of National Tree Week (4th-11th March) at OPW’s Oldbridge Estate (Battle of Boyne)

In partnership with the Tree Council of Ireland John McMahon, OPW Commissioner will launch National Tree Week at the OPW Oldbridge Estate, home to a wide collection of rare specimens of trees

The theme of Tree Week (4th to 11th of March) this year is Just Plant! - 15,000 free sapling trees kindly donated by Coillte - which will be distributed to local community groups and schools who are holding a planting event in their area.

27 February 18

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran welcomes the approval of funding for the River Fergus (Ennis South) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Kevin Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Ennis today to meet with Clare County Council officials and elected representatives and receive a briefing on flooding issues in the county. During his visit, the Minister announced that the Office of Public Works has approved funding for Clare County Council to construct the River Fergus (Ennis South) Flood Relief Scheme.

27 February 18

 

New educational poster by the OPW on the challenges of flooding to celebrate Engineers Week

The Office of Public Works (OPW) which has responsibility for flood relief management in Ireland has teamed up with Engineers Ireland and Loreto Junior School to launch a fun and educational poster designed to explain flood risk and flood solutions to engineers of the future.

26 February 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the appointment of the Civil Works Contractor to carry out the construction of the River Fealge (Clonakilty) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Clonakilty today to announce that the Office of Public Works has appointed Ward and Burke Construction Ltd as the civil works contractor to carry out the construction of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme.

23 February 18

 

Free admission for Visitors with Disabilities and Carers at OPW Heritage sites - Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has today (22nd February) announced free admission for visitors with disabilities and their carers into OPW Heritage Sites from the 1st of May this year.

22 February 18

 

Italian President concludes his two day visit to Ireland with a trip to Castletown House

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, his daughter (and First Lady) Laura Mattarella and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, concluded their two-day State Visit with a trip to Castletown House, Ireland’s largest and most significant Palladian style country house.

16 February 18

 

€1bn investment in flood relief announced in National Development Plan

The announcement of €1bn investment in flood relief management over the course of the next decade is a reflection of Government commitment to defend people’s homes and businesses, Minister of State for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said.

16 February 18

 

Variations on Form A retrospective of twenty years work by Hester Heuff at Rathfarnham Castle from 18th February to 25th March 2018

The Office of Public Works is delighted to showcase “Variations on Form” a retrospective of over twenty years of making by Irish artist Hester Heuff.  The majority of her work has not been seen in a public space previously and this free exhibition in Rathfarmham Castle provides the ideal backdrop in which to view her exciting creations.

15 February 18

 

Statement by Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran regarding Burnfoot, Co. Donegal

The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development of preliminary flood risk management options and the production of Flood Risk Management Plans. 

14 February 18

 

OPW announces dates for paid parking at Glendalough Visitor Centre

The OPW today announced the arrangements that will apply during 2018 for the management of the carpark at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow.

With effect from Saturday February 17th, contractors acting on the OPW's behalf will commence the 2018 paid-admission operation of the carpark and will collect €4 per car to use the facility.  Visitors to the Glendalough Visitor Centre will be refunded this charge when they purchase admission to the Centre.

13 February 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran announces the transfer of the Mount Congreve Estate in Waterford to the State

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today announced that the State, through Waterford City and County Council, is to take over the future management and maintenance of the Mount Congreve Estate at Kilmeaden, County Waterford.

9 February 18

 

Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran attends meeting of the Inter-departmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group in Dublin

Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief attended the meeting of the Inter-departmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group on Wednesday, 7th February, where he received updates on progress on implementing Government policy in mitigating flood risk.

8 February 18

 

Enjoy Snowdrop Week at OPW’s beautiful Altamont Gardens

The very popular Snowdrop Week returns to the beautiful Office of Public Works (OPW) gardens at Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Co. Carlow next week (12th-18th February).  This is a wonderful opportunity to view this unique collection of over 200 named varieties of snowdrops as we celebrate the forthcoming arrival of Spring.

7 February 18

 

Minister Moran congratulates award-winning OPW Heritage Sites

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the six heritage sites, all managed by the OPW, on winning their CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence 2017.  The coveted Awards are presented annually by CIE Tours International and are given in recognition of excellence in Irish Tourism.  Award winners are chosen following independent evaluation of CIE Tours customer surveys.

6 February 18

 

OPW invite Granddaughter of leading Irish suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington to re-enact smashing the windows in Dublin Castle to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

To mark the centenary of women getting the vote in Ireland, the granddaughter of Irish suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington will tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th February) re-enact her grandmother smashing the windows of OPW’s Dublin Castle over a 100 years ago to highlight women's disenfranchisement.  The event hosted by the Office of Public Works will also be attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál Mac Donnacha and will include a speech by Hanna’s granddaughter Micheline Sheehy Skeffington from a “soapbox” similar to that used by suffragettes a century ago. 

5 February 18

 

Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Sruffaunacashlaun Stream & Distillery Canal in Galway City

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Galway City today where works have been approved under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for a project at Sruffaunacashlaun Stream and Distillery Canal. A number of work elements are included which in the overall will mitigate against the flood risk to the NUIG campus and the Westside of the City. 

2 February 18