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

15 March 18

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.

The OPW will light Heritage sites and State buildings for the duration of the festival, from 15 - 19 March 2018, by using green filters, specialist lamps and existing lighting control systems.

Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin “Boxer” Moran said, “My Office is delighted to participate in this very important national and international initiative which celebrates our unique cultural heritage and shines a light on Ireland.  This year I am particularly pleased that we are “greening” additional iconic Heritage sites and State buildings, including the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, Quin Abbey in Clare and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.  I would encourage all to participate in the St. Patrick’s Festival events and to celebrate what we, as a nation, have to offer as represented by our world-renowned Heritage sites and State buildings”.

The OPW also announced that it is holding a “#OPWGoesGreen” photography competition to celebrate the greening of the Heritage sites and state buildings that it manages.  Why not take a photograph of yourself at your favourite Heritage site or State building that “Goes Green” and be in with a chance to win.  Up for grabs are ten prizes of a Family Heritage Card which provides free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year from the date of first use.  The competition details are available on Facebook and Twitter.


For further information please contact OPW Client Services and Communications at 046 942 6517 or opwcsc@opw.ie 

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Notes to Editors:

The following are the Heritage sites and State buildings that will be transformed for the four-day greening celebration and to which the photography competition applies:- 

  • 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
  • Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin
  • Athenry Castle, Athenry, Co. Galway
  • Boyle Abbey, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
  • Cahir Castle, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
  • Casino Marino, Dublin
  • Collins Barracks, Dublin
  • Custom House, Dublin
  • Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
  • Dublin Castle Lower Yard, Dublin
  • Dublin Castle Upper Yard, Dublin
  • Ennis Court House, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Ennis Friary, Co. Clare
  • Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Dublin
  • Farmleigh - Water Tower, Dublin
  • Four Courts, Dublin
  • Government Buildings, Dublin
  • Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
  • Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny
  • Kilmainham Courthouse, Dublin
  • Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin - Entrance
  • Leinster House, Dublin
  • Marlbourgh Street Complex, Dublin
  • National Concert Hall (NCH), Dublin
  • National Gallery – Merrion Street Entrance, Dublin
  • National Library – Kildare Street, Dublin
  • National Museum – Kildare Street, Dublin
  • Natural History Museum, Dublin
  • Phoenix Monument, Dublin
  • Quin Abbey, Quin, Co. Clare
  • Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
  • Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
  • Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK), Dublin - Clock Tower
  • St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin – Entrance (Shelbourne Hotel Side)
  • Trim Castle, Co. Meath

Photography Competition

Terms and Conditions of the competition are available from www.heritageireland.ie