National Historic Properties Event Proposals 2015
The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland invite individuals, groups, organisations and event management/production companies to submit expressions of interest in staging events of a cultural, musical, educational or heritage nature between the dates 1st January and 31st December 2015 in OPW National Historic Properties' sites. Please note all events on grass should be between 1st May 2015 and 31st October 2015. A full list of such sites and their suitability for various types of events as well as copies of the operational policy framework document which sets out the award criteria are available upon request by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 645 8885.
If an event is considered suitable, the event promoter will be invited to supply a fully detailed proposal including an event management plan. Events will be approved on the basis of their potential to promote cultural, musical, educational and heritage awareness for a public audience.
The closing date for receipt of 'expressions of interest' is 12 noon on Thursday 31st July 2014.
Terms and conditions will apply to the successful applications.
Envelopes must be marked “2015 Events” and sent by regular post to
Mr. Brian Caffrey,
Office of Public Works,
National Historic Properties,
Free Admission to Irish & Isle of Man Heritage Sites for OPW Heritage Card holders
Ms. Clare McGrath, Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) has announced that the OPW and the Friends of Manx National Heritage have reached a reciprocal arrangement, which provides free admission for Heritage Card holders to their heritage sites.
Ms. McGrath said, "I am delighted to announce these reciprocal arrangements and I would like to welcome and encourage FMNH members to come and visit the wonderful range of heritage sites that Ireland has to offer. The OPW has responsibility for 780 National Monuments and Historic Properties and provides a guide service at 70 of these, including such iconic sites as Kilmainham Gaol, The Rock of Cashel and Clonmacnoise. Current and future holders of OPW's Heritage Card will now enjoy the additional benefit of free admission to Manx National Heritage sites throughout the Isle of Man."
The Chairman concluded "This arrangement follows on from an agreement concluded with English Heritage in 2012, and other initiatives are currently being explored with similar organisations."
For full details of the OPW's Heritage sites, visit www.heritageireland.ie
For full details of Isle of Man Heritage sites, visit www.friendsofmnh.org
Free Admission for Holders of Heritage Cards issued by English Heritage
As announced by Minister of State Brian Hayes during the summer, the Office of Public Works now offers free access to the heritage sites under its management to holders of Heritage Cards issued by English Heritage.
Newgrange and the Irish Astronomy Trail
Newgrange has joined the Trail. Explore Ireland's rich involvement with Astronomy by following The Irish Astronomy Trail and visit Newgrange along the way.
In time, the Trail ranges from earliest prehistory in the Winter Solstice alignment of Newgrange, through the extraordinary Victorian engineering of the Birr Castle Leviathan, to modern cutting-edge research.
In space it covers the whole island from Cork to Armagh and Dublin to Galway.
See www.astronomytrail.ie for more details.