Heritage Ireland

We adopt a sustainable approach to the work we do and are passionate about quality. We take great pride in our work and are committed to best practice across the vast range of disciplines necessary to protect and present our heritage, from conservation architects to librarians, craft stone masons and carpenters to fine art conservators, guides to gardeners. We endeavour to make the very best use of our resources, be they our people or our finances, in order to ensure that the Irish people get the greatest benefit from the legacy they have entrusted to our care.

The pillars of our work are as follows:

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    We provide high-quality and authentic interpretative experiences at our heritage sites for the benefit of visitors and tourists.

    Exhibition area inside the visitor centre
    Exhibition area inside the visitor centre
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    We support education through lots of exciting initiatives, both nationally and locally on sites.

    Aughnanure Halloween 2018
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    We develop and apply best practice approaches and standards to the sustainable promotion, protection, and management of the heritage estate.

    Work being carried out at Skellig Michael by OPW’s National Monuments District
    Work being carried out at Skellig Michael by OPW’s National Monuments District
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    We look after and promote various important collections of art and artefacts. We are privileged with the care of many noteworthy examples of artistic and cultural production from Ireland and around the world – from the seventeenth-century canopies of state in Dublin Castle to the editioned Picasso ceramics at Glebe Gallery in County Donegal.

    View of paintings and chandeliers hanging in the Dublin Castle State Drawing room
    The State drawing room
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    Our cultural programming is second to none. We have an outstanding schedule of events, including wide-ranging exhibitions of art and history, performances by world-class theatre companies and musicians of various genres, and special tours of our amazing locations.

    Light show at Kilkenny Castle during the Kilkenny Arts Festival
    Kilkenny Arts Festival — ‘Light Show’ at Kilkenny Castle
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    We undertake vital scientific work, especially in the area of plant conservation. At the National Botanic Gardens, for example, we have a DNA research lab and an internationally significant collection of plants. This includes some 300 endangered species from around the world, a few of which are already extinct in the wild. Our expert staff are actively engaged in research, finding out about new species as well as investigating how best to conserve threatened ones.

    detail shot in DNA research lab at the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin
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    We collaborate with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to look after Ireland’s two World Heritage Sites, Brú na Bóinne and Skellig Michael. Our highly skilled staff work hard to make the global public aware of the extraordinary cultural and historical value of these places and to keep them safe for future generations.

    Low lying view of the front the Newgrange monument
    In 1993, Newgrange and its sister sites Knowth and Dowth were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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    We work closely with our local communities. In fact, we depend on people in all parts of Ireland to help protect their local historic places and present them to visitors.

    Guided tour taking place on the Great Blasket Island.
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    We produce top-quality publications to add to the heritage knowledge base and to cater to visitors’ needs.

    A range of Heritage Ireland publication covers.

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