‘An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, is founded entirely for the benefit of the people: our hope is that people will in turn do their part - (Robert Lloyd Praeger, 1948)
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland was established in 1948 by Robert Lloyd Praeger, an Irish naturalist and historian. Praeger believed the protection of our heritage to be a responsibility shared by all the inhabitants of Ireland, but understood that an independent non-governmental body was required to join the people of Ireland in conserving and protecting Ireland’s heritage.
Today, An Taisce continues to work as an independent, free from bias voice.
An Taisce is a membership organisation and relies on you to become a member. As a member you automatically help strengthen An Taisce’s position on positive change across many areas of national importance, and it is your voice we represent. As a charity An Taisce relies on its members to help us fund our work...
From our historic buildings, our churches, our roads and our monuments, to our old bridges and manor homes; from our parklands to our deer, our waterways, and our flora & fauna, An Taisce works to protect Ireland and help her retain her identity as a country of natural and symbolic beauty, treasured not just by us but by millions of people around the world.
Robert Lloyd Praeger had a vision in 1948 – to protect and preserve our heritage. An Taisce is Praeger’s legacy and we the people of Ireland, the benefactors.