Launch of Strategic Report 2023-33

The Irish Heritage Trust launched its new strategy aimed at securing the future sustainability of Ireland’s built and natural heritage and creating connections between communities and the special properties in its care. Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan T.D. launched the Strategic Plan 2023-2033 at the historic No. 11 Parnell Square. Here the Trust is set to embark on a €5.2 million conservation-led refurbishment project funded by philanthropic support and the Project Ireland 2040 Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

It is wonderful to be here today in the heart of Dublin at No. 11 Parnell Square where the Irish Heritage Trust will soon commence important conservation work with grant support from the Project Ireland 2040 URDF scheme under my Department.
Minister of State Malcolm Noonan


Established in 2006, the Irish Heritage Trust is now a leading national organisation with four landmark heritage properties currently in its care: 11 Parnell Square; Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Cork; Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Wexford; and Strokestown Park House & The National Famine Museum, Roscommon. It collaborates with government, corporate and private owners, to conserve, manage and sustainably develop built and natural heritage.

Staff, Volunteers & Visitors

The Trust encourages active community participation and has a growing volunteer programme with over 300 volunteers along with 8,000 members visiting its properties. Its ambition is to expand the heritage portfolio it manages with public and private partners, and to sustainably develop and share Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage ensuring its viability for future generations.

We work with every part of society and are committed to active engagement with our staff, volunteers and visitors. We appreciate the continuing support of our funding partners, government, colleagues, communities as we look towards the next ten years.
Anne O’Donoghue, CEO Irish Heritage Trust

In setting out its strategic objectives for the next ten years, the Trust will work to progress and elevate public support for protecting and bringing to life heritage properties while continuing to diversify the profile of Trust volunteers and visitors. Another key objective is to become the trusted organisation and first choice for donors and others who support and cherish Ireland’s heritage.

It is with great ambition and optimism that we approach the next decade, a period in which we will focus on expanding the network of properties in our care and will bring them to an ever increasing and diverse community of members, visitors and volunteers.
Clare McGrath, Chairperson of the Irish Heritage Trust

Securing the future sustainability of Ireland’s built and natural heritage is fundamental to the work of the Irish Heritage Trust.

Read our Strategy here – Irish Heritage Trust Strategic Plan 2023-33

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