The Buildings at Risk Register is an unfunded project by An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland supported and maintained by its voluntary members. The Buildings at Risk Register was put in place in response to a concern at the growing number of structures that are vacant and falling into a state of disrepair. The Register provides information on structures of architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical interest throughout the country that are considered to be at risk.
What makes a structure at risk?
For a structure to be at risk, it should meet one or several of the following criteria:
- Vacant with no identified new use
- Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
- Suffering from structural problems
- Fire damaged
- Open to the elements
- Threatened with demolition
- Abandoned ruin
The above list is not exhaustive and other criteria may sometimes be considered when assessing a structure for inclusion in the Register. The assessment of risk is directly associated with the condition of the structure and not external processes affecting it. A building will remain on the Register until restoration or demolition works are completed in full. The level of risk is solely the opinion of the An Taisce. The Register does not include national monuments as set out in the National Monuments Acts, 1930 to 2004. The Register is correlated with the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, if you would like to know more detail on the architectural merits of a certain building.
Reliability of the Register
While every effort is made to ensure that information on the Register is up-to-date, given the resources available to An Taisce, the time period between surveys and the reliance on other parties for data, some information may prove redundant, inaccurate or incomplete. Information on the Register is also subject to change and it is important that users seek to verify information before using it. It should also be noted that the local authority can potentially hold more information on the structure, such as recent planning files, records of interaction with owners, etc. Should you find any discrepancy in the information, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may be the case that you know of a structure at risk before An Taisce is made aware of it. An Taisce requires the input of individuals and local communities to contribute information to keep the Register as up to date as possible. It is up to you to gather information on a structure at risk in your own community. The data collected is crucial in identifying, encouraging and proactively pursuing the restoration and re-use of individual structures at risk. The information also supports more strategic and area based initiatives where levels of risk are concentrated, where problems can be identified and flagged, priorities set and recommendations made for action. If you wish to let us know about a structure at risk, take a photograph and get in contact. This project is incredibly resource intensive. An Taisce would welcome any donations to ensure its continuity into the future given it is currently unfunded and being resourced to a large part by volunteers throughout the country.
Most Significant Buildings at Risk
While there are hundreds of structures at risk throughout Ireland, An Taisce has sought to provide information on the most significant structures at risk. It would be a considerable task to present them all. Although, the level of significance is solely the opinion of the An Taisce, it is largely correlated with the ratings given to these structures in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Accordingly, you will notice most structures included will be of national and/or regional importance. Furthermore, the most significant at risk structures provided are in no particular order of importance and instead ordered alphabetically. Inclusion on the Register does not imply criticism of the building owner, some of whom may be actively seeking to restore the building.
The most significant buildings structures at risk are also found in an interactive format online on both Facebook and Google Maps. An Taisce would encourage you to get involved and participate in the conversation by sharing the content, commenting on photos and raising awareness of these structures.
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