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# Office of Public Works

This month
September 2023
Private owners of land at Castletown House limit road access to the historic site
One local councillor told The Journal that the state had made a “real error” when it was outbid by private developers this year.
This year
Phoenix Park reminds public to refrain from approaching or handling fawns during fawning season
The Phoenix Park has called on people to never handle or approach the baby fawns and to ensure that dogs are kept on a lead.
OPW seeking public's views on the future of parking at the Phoenix Park
The public consultation process opened today and will run until 22 May.
Dublin's Dead Zoo to close again with plans for a satellite exhibit in Collins Barracks
A report by
Eimer McAuley
The Dead Zoo will live on during the coming closure through a “satellite exhibit” at Collins Barracks.
The National Museum of Ireland reopened eight months ago after after two years of closure.
The Journal understands that some visitors have recently been told that the next closure could be as long as five years.
There are plans to ensure that the Dead Zoo will live on throughout the next closure with a satellite exhibition at Collins Barracks.
Last year
Over 95% of vehicles travelling through Phoenix Park breaking 30km/hr speed limit
Green Party TD Patrick Costello said that the OPW need to work with the Gardaí to address the speeding issues.
Skellig Michael is closed until further notice due to rockfall
A full examination of the UNESCO World Heritage site will take place and debris will be cleared.
Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park poses 'serious health and safety risk' to public, documents show
Internal records detail how the site has been in a state of “ongoing disrepair” and dogged by issues with intruders, security and vandalism.
All time
34 deer killed in Phoenix Park as part of 'managed cull' this week
The animals – 22 females and 12 males – were culled on Tuesday.
Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park to be restored and upgraded with new visitor experience
The upgrade works will create a new tourist attraction in Phoenix Park.
Fencing put around St Stephen's Green bandstand to protect from 'any further damage', OPW says
Sections of the Cork city quays will also be fenced off after “recent large public gatherings”.
OPW to install portaloos in Phoenix Park to cope with more visitors this summer
The OPW’s chairman confirmed the move to Dublin City Council.
Proposals put forward to reduce traffic volume through Phoenix Park
The Office of Public Works said more sustainable transport options and a safer environment for walkers and cyclists could be provided.
Phoenix Park side gates closure sparked complaints after two hour traffic delay
The OPW had made the move to shut down the side gates of the famous park at weekends.
Newgrange to livestream solstice sunrise
The neolithic tomb is closed to visitors this winter solstice.
Admission charges for Dún Aonghasa, Castletown House and other heritage sites to be waived
The government hopes this will help to encourage people to take trips within Ireland.
'It will be back to car city': Disagreement over reopening of most Phoenix Park gates
All gates bar one reopen from today after closing in March due to pandemic restrictions.
OPW confirms majority of Phoenix Park gates to remain closed to vehicular traffic
Many gates in the park were closed in March following the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.
Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore
The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.
Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead
The minister wanted to have the deer relocated to a 250-acre estate in Laois.
Here's what topped the list of the most visited OPW sites in Ireland last year
Kilkenny, Dublin and Wicklow had the top three most visited attractions last year.
Historic Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope visit finally set to be restored
The gates were taken down in August 2018 ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland.
State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years
The marksman was paid on a ‘keep-what-you-kill basis’.
'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites
The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.
Artwork containing sexual words and images in Dept of Health moved after complaint
The OPW said the piece has been moved into an individual office now after “an objection” to the artwork.
Visitor books will be returned to heritage sites after data protection concerns
The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.
Data Commission says banning visitor books is a 'disproportionate approach' to data privacy
The books were banned from heritage sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle.
OPW sold carcasses of Phoenix Park deer culled by state-hired marksman to game dealer
Annual culls are carried out by the OPW to manage the number of wild deer in the park.
€1.6 million on stewards and €76k on catering: How much the Pope's visit cost the taxpayer
As of 1 November, the OPW had spent €15,754,639.37 on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.
Dublin Castle courtyard will be open to the public tomorrow ... but don't expect any big screens
In 2015, large crowds congregated in the space for the Marriage Equality count results.
'We cannot stress how dangerous it is': Ancient Kerry fort closed after storm damage
The site is precariously placed on a cliff edge.
Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Awards recognise parks that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.
7 Irish heritage sites to visit now that kids can go for free
Dozens of heritage sites across the country are giving children under 12 free admission.
'People's hearts are broken by the thought of this': Cork locals launch their own flood defence plans
The group Save Cork City is launching the plans this evening.
Here's why Sean Canney and Kevin 'Boxer' Moran will NOT both get ministerial pensions
The TDs flipped a coin last year to decide who would take the first shift as junior minister.
Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August
OPW junior minister Sean Canney will be rotating the ministry with Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.
We put concerns about Cork's Drainage Scheme to the people in charge of it
Cork city are to receive €140 million as part of the Drainage Scheme – the biggest one of it’s kind in the history of the state.
Demolition of Apollo House put on hold
Objections about plans for the site have been made to An Bord Pleanála.
Heard about the curious case of the missing Dáil artwork that isn't actually missing?
A top OPW official explained the curious case of the missing artwork in Leinster House.
Highest astronomical tide means flood warnings for Cork this weekend
Met Éireann says it expects gales in coastal areas as well.
Clare storm repairs 'on hold' because of funding confusion
A senior engineer with Clare Co Council told that the council is still waiting for clarification on project proposals from the OPW.