Current Press Releases

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3D Sculpture of David and Goliath to be unveiled as part of 'On a Pedestal' exhibition in Dublin Castle

The OPW have commissioned Jam Sutton, a multi-disciplined British artist to produce a large 3D printed version of his sculpture David and Goliath which features in the On a Pedestal exhibition on display in Dublin Castle. The original piece ‘David and Goliath’ which Jam produced in 2015 is made from Carrara marble, 45 x 23 x 26cm

19 October 18

 

OPW’s Phoenix Park wins prestigious Gold International Large Parks Award

At a presentation ceremony last night, the OPW was presented with the Gold International Large Parks Award for the Phoenix Park. 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 Park 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.

17 October 18

 

Lorcán Ó Cinnéide joins the OPW as Manager of Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the appointment of Lorcán Ó Cinnéide as the new Manager of Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir. Mr. Ó Cinnéide who hails from the West Kerry Gaeltacht brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Manager of the Blasket Centre. He has held high profile leadership positions in both the public and private sectors including in the seafood industry, as a board member of the Marine Institute and is a former chairman of Comhairle Raidió na Gaeltachta. A graduate of Trinity College, Mr. Ó Cinnéide has been centrally involved in the Blasket Island Foundation since its inception in 1986.

12 October 18

 

OPW honours those who died on RMS Leinster with Commemoration Ceremony in Grangegorman Military Cemetery

On Thursday 11 October at 11am, the OPW will hold an Act of Remembrance at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery followed by the opening of an exhibition at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster and to remember those lost. The Exhibition will be opened by Philip Lecane, author of the book Torpedoed, the R.M.S. Leinster Disaster.

10 October 18

 

Minister Moran congratulates the Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Winners for 2018

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 2018.  The Winter Solstice Lottery draw takes place each year in the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange to select those winners who will be provided with access into the Newgrange Chamber over the winter solstice period.  This year 28,595 entries were received from Ireland and locations around the globe to experience the winter Solstice event at Newgrange.

28 September 18

 

OPW Delighted to host the ‘LUSTRE and InFLUX’ Exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

The OPW is delighted to host ‘LUSTRE and InFLUX’, an exhibition of precious jewellery and hollowware in gold, silver, platinum and gems by the graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s world-renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, based in Castle Yard, Kilkenny. The exhibition showcases the high level of craftsmanship and skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme.

21 September 18

 

OPW announces the lighting up of the Iconic Phoenix Column in the Phoenix Park

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to announce the lighting of the Phoenix Column on Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park.  Mrs. Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D. Higgins, and who inspired the initiative, will officiate at the lighting Ceremony, which will take place at 7.45pm on 17th of June 2018 at the Phoenix monument.

17 September 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran at National Ploughing Championships on Wednesday 19th September 2018

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, will attend the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan on Wednesday 19th September 2018 from 11am until 2pm approximately.

17 September 18

 

OPW promises a 'Buzzing Time' at the Honey Show

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to announce that the Annual Phoenix Park Honey Show, in association with the Federation of Irish Bee Keepers Associations (F.I.B.K.A.) will take place on Sunday, 9 September 2018 from 11am in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

6 September 18

 

OPW Celebrates 50 years of JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park

This year, JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park at New Ross celebrates 50 years since it opened to the public and to mark this special anniversary, the Office of Public Works has announced a programme of talks, tours and entertainment for all the family with free admission to the arboretum from Wednesday 5th of September to Sunday 9th of September.

3 September 18

 

Phoenix Park open to Public as clean up following Papal mass is complete

The Phoenix Park reopened to the public at 4pm today, 15 hours ahead of schedule following an extensive overnight clean-up operation.Over 200 litter pickers worked through the night to clean up all public routes. The gates have been put back in place as has road signage. Tar installed on road kerbs for universal access has been removed. Indeed, the Papal site itself is almost completely cleaned.

27 August 18

 

Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran visits site of Papal Mass in Phoenix Park

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, visited the Phoenix Park to view the ongoing works for the forthcoming Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, 26th August in the Phoenix Park.

24 August 18

 

OPW welcomes 'The Native Dog Breeds of Ireland' to Oldbridge Estate as part of National Heritage Week

As part of a fantastic programme of events for National Heritage Week 2018 (18th – 26th August), the OPW and the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland in association with the Irish Kennel Club are delighted to present the ‘Native Dog Breeds of Ireland Show’ at the Oldbridge Estate. 

22 August 18

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran meets with Louth County Council. Five Flood Relief Schemes in Louth to be advanced with investment of over €83 million.

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

22 August 18

 

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in the Walled Garden, Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

As part of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann taking place in Drogheda from 12th - 19th August 2018, the OPW is proud to host a performance on Sunday 12th August from 12pm to 1pm in the Walled Garden, Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre by the C.E.O.L. band.

7 August 18

 

New Exhibition chronicling the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Phoenix Park in 1979

A new exhibition which chronicles the preparations for the Visit of Pope John Paul II to the Phoenix Park in 1979 will be launched by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Wednesday the 1st of August at 11am.  The exhibition will also include a specially commissioned 15 minute film featuring some of those who worked on the Papal visit, including Neil Scott, the last remaining partner of architect firm Scott Tallon Walker who designed the outdoor cathedral.

1 August 18

 

President Higgins to be guest at JFK Memorial Park 50th Anniversary Dinner

The Office of Public Works has announced that President Michael D Higgins will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a special dinner to mark the 50th Anniversary year of the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum at New Ross on Saturday 8th September next. The special dinner will also mark the end of this year’s Kennedy Summer School.

President Eamonn De Valera officially opened the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum near New Ross in May 1968. To mark this 50th anniversary year, the Office of Public Works will present a day of unique tours, talks, workshops and special events at the park on Saturday 8th September next.

30 July 18

 

The Office of Public Works officially opens the 17th Century Courtyard Range at Portumna Castle

The Office of Public Works (OPW), today welcomed the official opening of the 17th Century Courtyard Range at Portumna Castle, Co. Galway.

This conservation project involved extensive works over a period of more than 3 years and included safeguarding the 17th century roof elements of this Castle Yard building range against damage and structural failure due to water ingress.  The project has resulted in the provision of new tea rooms, reception, visitor facilities and exhibition area at Portumna Castle. 

24 July 18

 

New Exhibition celebrating the work of pioneering Textile Designer Lucienne Day comes to Dublin Castle’s Coach House Gallery

A new touring exhibition showcasing the pioneering work of designer Lucienne Day, considered to be one of the most important and influential women textile designers of the 20th century will be launched on the 19th of July in the Dublin Castle’s Coach House Gallery and will run until the 15th of September.

19 July 18

 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran outlines the significant progress being made in implementing the €10 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, was in Athlone today to outline the progress being made in implementing the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme.

19 July 18

 

8 Green Flag Awards for OPW Parks

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (19 July 2018) welcomed the news that eight OPW parks will receive the Green Flag Award for 2018. 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.

19 July 18

 

PHOENIX PARK - TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES FOR RESTORATION OF GATE ENTRANCES AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURAL WORKS

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is taking the opportunity to restore and conserve a number of the entrances to the Phoenix Park as part of the preparatory works for the visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families 2018.  These conservation works which have been agreed with Dublin City Council are being supervised by OPW Conservation Architects and are part of the measures being undertaken for the health and safety of the hundreds of thousands of people from across Ireland and abroad attending the closing Mass in the Park. 

18 July 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran meets with Kilkenny County Council Six Flood Relief Schemes in Kilkenny to be advanced with investment of €29 million

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Kilkenny today where he met with John Paul Phelan, T.D., Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform and elected members and officials from Kilkenny County Council to put in place arrangements for the advancement of flood relief schemes in County Kilkenny.

17 July 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.

16 July 18

 

Iconic Cormac’s Chapel at the Rock of Cashel re-opens to the Public

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has today welcomed the official re-opening of Cormac’s Chapel, an Irish Romanesque style building which forms part of the Rock of Cashel complex, following an extensive conservation project.

3 July 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran announces that tenders are to be sought for works to Longford Garda Station

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Longford today where he visited Longford Garda Station. 

2 July 18

 

OPW announce the return of St. Thomas’ Baptismal Font to Newcastle West after an absence of nearly 60 years

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to welcome the return of the St. Thomas’ Baptismal Font to Newcastle West.  The baptismal font was originally located in St. Thomas’ Church in Newcastle West which was built in 1777 but deconsecrated in 1958 and demolished in 1962.  After an absence of nearly 60 years the font is returning back to Newcastle West and will be located in Desmond Castle, close to the original site of St. Thomas’ Church.Desmond Castle, Newcastle West, is a complex site which has developed over the years and its uses over the centuries have been varied – from a defensive structure in the 1200s to a cinema and community hall in more recent history.  The only reminder of St. Thomas’ is the footprint of the building inside the gate and so, the font is very precious both to the National Monument and to the town.

28 June 18

 

Minister Moran welcomes the introduction of the Roscrea Loyalty Scheme. New initiative to boost visitor numbers and economic activity in Roscrea Heritage Town

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, today launched the Roscrea Loyalty Scheme, a new initiative to encourage people to shop locally and to visit Roscrea Castle, Damer House and the Blackmill for free.

The OPW has worked with the Roscrea Chamber of Commerce and Tipperary County Council to bring this initiative to fruition.  Under the initiative, shoppers spending €15 in local participating retail outlets will be provided with a voucher which will entitle them to a free family entry at Roscrea Castle, Damer House and the Blackmill.  A similar initiative has been in operation in Cashel since March 2015 and has proven to be a great success in promoting tourism and economic activity in the town.

22 June 18

 

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