Heritage Ireland

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OPW Heritage Services – caring for the nation’s past

We are responsible for Ireland’s most important heritage sites. Iconic sites ranging from the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary to Skellig Michael on a small island off the Kerry coast, are just some of the stunning 780 heritage sites in our care.

Our team of dedicated experts look after the buildings, landscapes and collections entrusted to us and make them available to over 8 million visitors each year to learn from and enjoy. Every day we work to make Ireland proud of the fabric of its history.


Portumna Castle framed by wildflowers.
Portumna Castle framed by wildflowers.
Deer in Phoenix Park
Deer in Phoenix Park
Rock of Cashel at sunset
Rock of Cashel at sunset
Rock of Cashel at sunset

What we do

Hill of Tara aerial photo

Our key job is to manage and maintain the most important of Ireland’s historic buildings and heritage.

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Who we are

Work being carried out at Skellig Michael by OPW’s National Monuments District

We are the people who manage and take care of many of Ireland’s most important historic places.

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Our history

Kilmainham Goal

The Office of Public Works came into being in 1831. The organisation’s original functions included looking after civic buildings, administering loans for public projects and building canals.

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Our values

Newgrange passage way with triple spiral engraved on left.

The OPW’s Heritage Services are committed to caring for, protecting and enhancing the nation’s heritage.

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Are you passionate about history? Would you like to work at some of the best heritage sites in the country? Each September we start searching for seasonal guides at our heritage sites all over the country. Keep an eye on our website and social-media channels for further details of these excellent opportunities. Guide positions are also advertised in national and local newspapers.

Guide staff at Ormond Castle

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