From Prison to Citizenship: Mary Bourke-Dowling, Suffragette and Republican

December 14th marks 100 years since the first general election in which Irish women were able to vote.  To celebrate this significant event, Kilmainham Gaol Museum will present an exhibition on Mary Bourke Dowling, a forgotten hero of the Irish suffragette movement. In November 1911 she was among several hundred suffragettes arrested in London for smashing windows across the city. She threw stones at the windows of the British War Office and was tried at Bow Street Police Court where she was sentenced to five days imprisonment in Holloway Gaol. She and the other suffragettes said that such destruction was the only form of protest available to them.

7 December 18

 

Permanent flood relief scheme for small business and community groups welcomed by Minister Moran

Minister of State for the OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD has welcomed Cabinet approval for the establishment of a standing support scheme for small businesses, community, voluntary and sporting bodies affected by flooding.

27 November 18

 

Master Goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel to be celebrated in stunning exhibition at The State Apartments, Dublin Castle

In Precious Metal: Rudolf Heltzel, a spectacular exhibition of sculptural pendants by master goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel, presented by The Office of Public Works in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is on display at the State Apartments in Dublin Castle. The exhibition was officially launched by James O’Halloran, Managing Director at Adam’s, on Friday 23rd November 2018 and will run until 24th March 2019.

26 November 18

 

Minister Moran welcomes €1.2m funding for Emo Court

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the allocation of €1,200,000 for Emo Court in the first announcement of successful projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

23 November 18

 

Untitled [landscape] exhibition opening in Rathfarnham Castle

The Office of Public Works, in conjunction with the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland will open their joint touring exhibition, Untitled [landscape] at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin on Thursday 15th November 2018.

The exhibition comprises of thirty art works chosen from the collections of Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Office of Public Works, providing an opportunity to show the art from both collections to the public.  The two administrations have been jointly organising these touring art exhibitions for over twenty years.

15 November 18

 

RIAI and OPW launch architectural competition to design commemorative bridge at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Office of Public Works (OPW) have today launched an architectural design competition to build a new commemorative bridge at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens (INWMG) in Dublin.

The announcement is timely as it comes just three days after the Armistice Day centenary, which marked the end of World War I.  Located at Islandbridge in Dublin 8, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died during the four-year conflict.

14 November 18

 

OPW Statement - 13th November 2018

The Office of Public Works regrets the passing the Edna Bean Uí Chinnéide Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry.

D’éag Edna Ban Uí Chinnéide, O.S., as Corca Dhuibhne i gContaé Chiarraí inné, is í  ina 93ú bliain.

13 November 18

 

New Exhibition, ‘Proclaiming a President’, marks 80 Years of Presidential Inaugurations at Dublin Castle

In June 1938, Douglas Hyde was sworn in as the first President of Ireland in St. Patrick’s Hall at Dublin Castle. On the 11th of November, 2018, the Hall will once again be the setting for the Presidential inauguration. To celebrate this event and to mark its eightieth anniversary, a new exhibition in Dublin Castle looks back at the inauguration of all nine Irish Presidents at Dublin Castle over the past eight decades.

8 November 18

 

Minister Moran welcomes further initiatives to help assess and address flood risk along the Shannon

Speaking today following a meeting with Leitrim County Council, the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. complimented Leitrim and all Local Authorities for working with the Office of Public Works and taking a proactive approach to address flood risk in their areas as part of the €1bn investment in flood risk measures over the coming decade.

5 November 18

 

OPW delighted to welcome Dr. William H 'Smitty' Smith to Derrynane House to premier his new documentary: "An American Story; Race, Amity and Other"

On 24th October 2018 the Office of Public Works was delighted to welcome Dr. William H. 'Smitty' Smith (Founding Director of the National Center for Race Amity, Boston MA) and Don Mullan (Director of Hope Initiatives International) to Derrynane House, the family home of Daniel O'Connell, to premier Dr. Smith's new documentary: An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition. A powerful element of the documentary is its focus on Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, and the powerful influence that Daniel O'Connell had in shaping his future and on the abolition of slavery in America.

25 October 18

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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