Preserve our Built Heritage

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.

17th June 2020

Protecting the built heritage of Dublin in the 2020s is not for the faint-hearted, with frantic levels of activity and seemingly everything being done to facilitate short-term economic interests at the longterm sustainability, beauty and setting of this historic city.

4th June 2020

Meath has always had a strong reverence for heritage and the natural environment. This did not get much attention in J. Stirling Coyne’s The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland (1842) but Colonel William Burton who resided at Slane Castle and later adopted the family name Conyngham, founded the Hibernian Antiquarian Society in 1779 to promote Irish ancient buildings abroad.

28th May 2020

In the many years, too many to count, that I have been in Meath An Taisce, I have never ceased to be amazed by the commitment of its members to recording, and striving to save the vernacular features of our landscape. Right back from the time of Mrs Russell, who as planning officer in those days walked many miles watching and recording planning applications and buildings at risk, to our present members, their dedication has never wavered and it will not now.

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.


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