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.

3rd December 2019

Ian Lumley, Head of Advocacy at An Taisce, will present at the UNFCCC COP25 meeting in Madrid, as part of a side event on Climate Heritage: Mobilizing the culture and heritage (1). The event takes place today, 3 Dec 2019, in the EU Pavilion.

An Taisce along with other National Trust members of the 70 strong International National Trust Organization (INTO) has joined to the Climate Heritage Network (2).

3rd December 2019

Ian Lumley will represent An Taisce at this side event at the UNFCCC COP25 meeting in Madrid, 3 December 2019. See the attached flier for full details.

29th November 2019

Conversion of No. 15 Usher’s Island, setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, to a 56-bed hostel would not be appropriate.

No. 15 Usher’s Island is a handsome three-bay house of the late-Georgian period, with four-storey redbrick elevation over raised basement, and columned stone doorcase. The interior retains a good degree of refined early-19th century detail.

The principal importance of the house is its place in literary history as the setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, described by TS Eliot as “one of the greatest short stories ever written”.

29th November 2019

An Taisce has sent the attached submission to Dublin City Council, urging that a proposed conversion of No. 15 Usher’s Island, setting for James Joyce’s The Dead, to a 56-bed hostel should not be permitted.

22nd September 2019

An Taisce welcome the creation of the Office of the Planning Regulator and the opportunity to comment on the Draft Strategic Plan 2019-2024; and provides the full text of its submission for public download here.

10th August 2019

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.

17th 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.

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