Tipperary OPW sites go green for St. Patrick’s Festival 2018

Tipperary OPW sites go green for St. Patrick’s Festival 2018

Rock of Cashel

The Office of Public Works (OPW) in association with Fáilte Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Festival Organisation is delighted to announce details of the ‘greening’ of Heritage sites and State buildings for the duration of the 2018 St. Patrick’s Festival.  This campaign, which celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and promotes Ireland both nationally and internationally, has gone from strength to strength with significant numbers of notable landmark buildings which are “greening” for the Festival.

The OPW will light Heritage sites and State buildings for the duration of the festival, from 15 - 19 March 2018, by using green filters, specialist lamps and existing lighting control systems. 

In Tipperary Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel will go green.

Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin “Boxer” Moran said, “My Office is delighted to participate in this very important national and international initiative which celebrates our unique cultural heritage and shines a light on Ireland.  This year I am particularly pleased that we are “greening” additional iconic Heritage sites and State buildings, including the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, Quin Abbey in Clare and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.  I would encourage all to participate in the St. Patrick’s Festival events and to celebrate what we, as a nation, have to offer as represented by our world-renowned Heritage sites and State buildings”.

The OPW also announced that it is holding a “#OPWGoesGreen” photography competition to celebrate the greening of the Heritage sites and state buildings that it manages.  Why not take a photograph of yourself at your favourite Heritage site or State building that “Goes Green” and be in with a chance to win.  Up for grabs are ten prizes of a Family Heritage Card which provides free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year from the date of first use.  The competition details are available on Facebook and Twitter.

The following are the Heritage sites and State buildings that will be transformed for the four-day greening celebration and to which the photography competition applies:-

52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin

Athenry Castle, Athenry, Co. Galway

Boyle Abbey, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Cahir Castle, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Casino Marino, Dublin

Collins Barracks, Dublin

Custom House, Dublin

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Dublin Castle Lower Yard, Dublin

Dublin Castle Upper Yard, Dublin

Ennis Court House, Ennis, Co. Clare

Ennis Friary, Co. Clare

Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Dublin

Farmleigh - Water Tower, Dublin

Four Courts, Dublin

Government Buildings, Dublin

Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny

Kilmainham Courthouse, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin - Entrance

Leinster House, Dublin

Marlbourgh Street Complex, Dublin

National Concert Hall (NCH), Dublin

National Gallery – Merrion Street Entrance, Dublin

National Library – Kildare Street, Dublin

National Museum – Kildare Street, Dublin

Natural History Museum, Dublin

Phoenix Monument, Dublin

Quin Abbey, Quin, Co. Clare

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin

Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK), Dublin - Clock Tower

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin – Entrance (Shelbourne Hotel Side)

Trim Castle, Co. Meath


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