Preserve our Built Heritage

3rd February 2017

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over January to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we published some 100 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. If you would like to read the full publication, please click here.

4th July 2019

The initiative to specifically address the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park is welcome, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular concerning the intrusive impact of modern pavilions on the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of private motor-traffic in the Park. In general the Strategic Review is too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative. The Phoenix Park will be a success when it is virtually traffic-free, like all good parks, and facilitating an array of outdoor activities providing dynamic, sustainable and healthy infrastructure for the citizenry while safeguarding the fragility and pre-eminence of its natural landscape character

Submission to Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review

An Taisce welcomes this initiative specifically addressing the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular the impacts of introduction of modern pavilions into the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of motor-traffic impact in the Park. In general the Strategic Review seems too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative.

13th September 2018

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over the summer to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we are tracking some 120 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. While there has been progress in securing certain buildings particularly in the Dublin City area, the majority of buildings recorded remain at risk and are becoming increasingly lost.

31st May 2017

An Taisce has written today to Heather Humhpreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs calling on her to act immediately to preserve the Bronze Age Oakwood built Roadway at Mayne Bog [1].

27th January 2017

An Taisce is reserving comment on the reported sale of Westport House and Demense to the Westport based Hughes Family, pending information on the developments proposed.

Information made available today states that a €50 million investment is proposed. No information is, as yet, available on those proposed developments or the future of the remaining historic paintings and other contents, which are an integral part of the heritage of the house, and the history of Co Mayo.

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

29th March 2016

This detailed illustrated article from The Irish Aesthete outlines the history of Kanturk Castle, one of An Taisce's properties.

24th October 2015

The Wexford Local Association held a work party at Corlican Graveyard to tidy it up and repair the gate. On the same day the Wexford Opera Festival did a tour of the graveyard which 30 people attended including the curator of Johnstown Castle Museum, the Chair of the Wexford Historical Society and a number of Quakers with connections to Corlican. Brian Rickwood gave a lecture.

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