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.

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 [email protected]

Your Involvement

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. Can you help us photograph and record Buildings at Risk in your area? Send any photos or information to [email protected]

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.

Suggest a Building at Risk

If you wish to suggest a building at risk you are familiar with, please take the time to fill out the following form.

Annual Reviews and Top Ten Most at Risk Buildings

An Taisce now carries out out annual reviews of the register to  assess changes to sites, remove sites from the register that are no longer at risk, and add new sites if need be. We now also compile a list of the top ten buildings we consider most at risk every year. Please click the links below for more information.

Aldborough House, Dublin 1 Ardfry House, Oranmore Arlington House, Portarlington Atkin's Hall, Cork Ballygunner Castle, Ballygunner
Ballynagall House, Knockdrin Ballyrisode House, Toormore Bannatyne Mill, Limerick Barrow Viaduct, Greatisland Belcamp Hall, Dublin 17
Bishop's Palace, Raphoe Blake and Linnane, Ennistymon Bonded Warehouses, Cork Cahercon House, Kildysart Cahore House, Cahore
Canal Hotel, Robertstown Carrigglas Manor, Carrigglass Carrowbaun House, Newport Carstown House, Carstown Cassidy's Distillery, Monasterevin
Castle MacGarret, Claremorris Castle Saunderson, Castlesaunderson Demesne Castle Stables, Rathfarnham Castleboro House, Clonroche Castlehyde Church, Castlehyde
Charlestown Mill, Clara Charleville Castle Stables, Tullamore Charter School, Monasterevin Church Facade, Dublin 1 Claremount House, Claremorris
Condon House, Ballyshannon Court House, Youghal Curraghchase House, Adare Debtors' Prison, Dublin 7 Derrycunihy Church, Ladies View
Donadea Castle & Gate Donaghy's Mill, Drogheda Dromore Castle, Pallaskenry Durrow Abbey House, Tullamore Dysart Castle, Thomastown
Elsinore House, Rosses Point Emo Court Folly, Emo Erry Mill, Clara Eyrecourt Castle, Eyrecourt Former Clonmel Arms Hotel, Clonmel
Frenchpark Market House, Frenchpark Furniture Factory (St Fintan's Academy), Navan Glenmaroon House, Dublin 15 Glyde Court, Tallinstown Good Shepherd Convent, Cork
Holy Trinity Church, Kildoagh Hope Castle, Castleblaney Inchmore House, Clara Iveagh Markets, Dublin 8 Kenny's Millhouse, Ballinrobe
Killagh House, Killeagh Kilmacurragh House, Kilbride Kilrush Community College, Kilrush Leinster Street House, Rathangan Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Lough Key Arch, Boyle Loughglynn Convent, Loughglinn Louth Hall, Tallinstown Market House, Castleblayney Maryville, Portlaoise
Mayfield House, Portlaw Mohill Lodge, Lough Rynn Moore Hall, Ballyglass Mount Long Castle, Belgooly Mount Shannon, Lisnagry
Mulgrave St Magazine, Limerick New Geneva Barracks, Passage East O'Shea's Shop, Fethard Old Barracks, Rathangan Ormonde Centre (County Infirmary), Kilkenny
Palmerstown Mustard Mill, Palmerstown Poolbeg Stacks, Dublin 4 Portlaw Cotton Factory, Portlaw Railway Station, Youghal Ramelton Warehouses, Ramelton
Reendisert Court, Ballylicky Rock House, Ballyshannon Rustic Arch, Dublin 15 Saint Peter's Church of Ireland Church, Drumconrath St Brigid's Hospital, Ballinasloe
St Finian's Hospital, Killarney
St Patrick's Charity Home, Waterford
St Senan's Hospital, Enniscorthy Stephenstown House, Knockbridge Sweetman's Castle, Thomastown
Tennalick House, Abbeyshrule
The Anchor Pub and adjacent House, Graiguenamanagh
The Barracks, Nenagh The County of Meath Infirmary, Navan The Market House, Castlepollard
The Royal Shannon, Banagher
Thomastown Castle, Thomastown
Town Walls, Youghal Tudenham Park, Rochfort Demesne Tyrone House, Kilcolgan
Vernon Mount, Douglas
Waterstown House, Glassan
Whitfield Court, Kilmeadan Williamstown House, Williamstown Woodlawn House, Woodlawn
 
Woodstock House, Inistioge