Protecting Irish heritage for the future.

Making a provision in our Will for the causes and organisations which mean a great deal to us, is something more of us are doing. The impact of this type of giving is profound and can have a real step-change effect on the charities we care about.

Once we have provided for our loved ones, we often may have a real opportunity to make a lasting and impactful gift to the people and places that have shaped our lives and added real meaning. Gifts like these help to protect and preserve those important experiences and safeguard those resources for future generations.


A Gift to Future Generations

When you include a bequest to the Irish Heritage Trust, you are honouring the past and making a gift to future generations

  • Legacy gifts help us care for some of Ireland’s most significant heritage houses, and gardens, so that they are available for all to enjoy for centuries to come.
  • They support education projects that stimulate curiosity and learning about history and the natural world.
  • They underpin the community engagement work we pursue through our vibrant events and local volunteering programmes.

Dedicate your Legacy Gift

If you would like to leave a gift in your will to the Irish Heritage Trust, you can choose to dedicate your bequest to a specific project or heritage initiative.

  • You may decide to focus your generosity on art or garden conservation or the preservation of the National Famine Archive, for example.
  • You can specify which of our properties you would like to benefit.
  • Or you may choose to make a broad contribution to the valuable work we do to bring Ireland’s history and contemporary culture and communities to life.

In Memory Donations

You may also wish to make your legacy gift in memory of someone close to you – we would be happy to discuss what may be possible honour this.

Irish Heritage Legacy Society Member

By leaving a legacy gift in this way, you will also become a member of the Irish Heritage Legacy Society and you (and like-minded supporters) will be invited to a special Trust Gathering of Thanks each year.

Leaving a Legacy to the Irish Heritage Trust is a philanthropic investment in the future of our shared Heritage.

If you would like to chat about leaving a Legacy to the Irish Heritage Trust, please contact Paul McCarthy, Head of Philanthropy & Supporter Engagement, for a confidential discussion.

The Irish Heritage Trust is a proud member of my legacy, an umbrella group of over 80 national and local charities throughout Ireland which exists to increase the power of legacy giving now to benefit our future society.

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.


The Irish Heritage Trust is an independent registered charity governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and guided by the Code of Good Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.

Charity Regulatory Authority Number: 20061609

Revenue Charity Number: 16848

VAT Number: 9571484R

Company Registration Office Number: 422959

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
E: p.mccarthy@irishheritagetrust.ie


Daniel Stanford, Deputy Company Secretary
E: secretary@irishheritagetrust.ie


Ciaran Griffith, Finance Officer
E: finance@irisheritagetrust.ie

Donations & Data Enquiries

E: donorrelations@irishheritagetrust.ie

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