Preserve our Built Heritage

6th May 2009

Ireland’s Master Tailor Louis Copeland has launched an effort to help save the historic Tailors’ Hall. An Taisce headquarters, the Tailors’ Hall in Christchurch is the only remaining guild hall in Dublin and has played a fascinating role in the lives of Dubliners for more than 300 years.

17th November 2008

For decades An Taisce has been fighting a battle to protect our natural heritage and to save many threatened aspects of our built heritage. This has been an uphill struggle, often carried on in the face of great hostility because of public and political attitudes, too often governed by concern for short-term economic or financial gain, and too rarely influenced by recognition of the crucial importance of preserving what we have inherited from the past.

6th June 2007

The indication that the World Monument Fund (WMF) is about to add the Tara-Skryne complex to its list of 100 most endangered sites is a logical outcome of the entire shameful saga.

The systematic assault on the heritage of this country is unrelenting. If the Gabhra Valley is unsafe, what hope then for the less high profile physical manifestations of our culture and nationhood.

22nd May 2007

There was a time not too long ago that a new site worthy of the designation “National Monument” would have been wholly welcomed by the Minister of the Environment. More importantly its preservation would have been guaranteed.

16th May 2007

Today has seen the launch of the Heritage Protection Alliance of Ireland (HPAoI). Sharing in the one and common cause, the HPAoI is a new alliance of active heritage protection interests coming together as the one umbrella group. The current amount of destruction that is occurring at key specific sites is symptomatic of an island-wide malaise. There is a pattern of systemic destruction; Tara is in the headlines now, but in itself it is only emblematic of a much wider and deeper epidemic. It is for this reason that these local active groups and academics have come together.

29th July 2013

Grossly compromising the city’s Medieval Mile would see tourist businesses hardest hit Kilkenny’s reputation as one of Ireland’s premier destinations for history lovers will lie in tatters if a new road is built through the city’s medieval quarter, according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland.

“It’s simply not possible to maintain an attractive environment for tourists and at the same time construct a busy road that would cut key historic attractions off from each another”, according to James Nix, Policy Director for An Taisce.

13th December 2006

The Save 16 Moore Street Committee welcome the Taoiseachs announcement that

No. 16 Moore Street is to be designated a National Monument. After a hard

fought five year campaign, the committee are pleased that he has acceded to

their wishes in declaring the Moore Street /O'Connell Street area a 1916


James Connolly-Heron, committee member and great grandson of the

1916 leader said " It is now imperative that the buildings on Moore Street

are secured and protected. Given the deplorable state they have been allowed

7th November 2005


An Taisce the National Trust for Ireland welcomes today the government’s acknowledgement of the need for an independent Irish Heritage Trust which benefits from tax reliefs. It wishes to raise concerns that the steering group is not fully representative of all the stakeholders.

27th September 2013

The good news of the discovery of the remains of the Medieval house is ruined by the fact that Kilkenny County Council are planning to demolish it.

This Medieval Manse house is clearly an integral part of the St. Canice’s Cathedral complex. It ticks all of the legal boxes to qualify as a National Monument due to its historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural nature. An Taisce calls on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to declare it as such without delay.

The Project

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.


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