Irish Heritage Pioneers

Our Greatest Need Fund allows us to respond swiftly and flexibly to acute need. It is this ability to respond which makes this fund so important to the work of the Trust. As all donations to the Greatest Need Fund are unrestricted, it gives us the flexibility and agility to allocate funds to have the greatest philanthropic impact.

The Greatest Need Fund is made possible by donations from our Irish Heritage Pioneers – we thank and proudly acknowledge the support of each one:

Paul McCarthy, Cork
Susie Tinsley, Florida
Jonathan Klein, Wexford

Click here to find out more about the Greatest Need Fund.

Our Properties

We manage and care for Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Johnstown Castle Estate & Gardens, and Strokestown Park House & Gardens, as well as the National Famine Museum, the Irish Agricultural Museum and thanks to the generosity of Fingal County Council, we are thrilled to be establishing a significant cultural hub at No.11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1 (the headquarters of the Irish Heritage Trust) which will be used by a wide variety of educational, arts, cultural and heritage organisations. This involves exciting plans to create ‘The Poetry Ireland Centre’ as well as a shared heritage space, in a historic building that can be enjoyed by the public for generations to come. All of these enchanting properties are managed on behalf of the community on a non-profit basis.

Contact the Irish Heritage Trust Philanthropy Department

If you would like to talk to us about philanthropy, finance or governance at the Irish Heritage Trust, please contact us below:


Paul McCarthy, Head of Philanthropy & Supporter Engagement


Daniel Stanford, Deputy Company Secretary


Ciaran Griffith, Finance Officer

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