Trusts, Foundations &
Philanthropic Networks

Trusts and Foundations are charities with private sustainable income. Each Trust and Foundation makes grants to other charitable organisations to achieve their goals.

The Irish Heritage Trust is immensely proud of its relationships with Trusts, Foundations and Philanthropic Networks. We work together on specific projects with measurable outcomes and impact. 

Manitou Fund

In 2019, with support from The Ireland Funds, Manitou Fund agreed to support the restoration of the Trust’s Bothys (Estate Sheds) at Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum & Gardens, which had fallen into disrepair over the years.

Unfortunately, funds had not previously been available for this key area to be fully developed. By restoring the Bothys and surrounding area, thanks to Manitou Fund providing additional philanthropic support, we will be able to complete this important restoration project for the public to enjoy.

The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds has been terrifically supportive and helpful in assisting the Trust develop its philanthropic vision. We are deeply grateful for the guidance and expertise of The Ireland Funds – both at home and abroad. We are very thankful that The Ireland Funds makes it possible for us to receive international support, enabling us to open up new and exciting elements of our heritage properties and in so doing creating and sustaining greater public access to these wonderful places. As we continue to share these special places in meaningful ways, with the amazing impact of philanthropic support, we believe that they will not only survive but also thrive for generations to come. 

Philanthropy Matters

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities we have for this type of philanthropic partnership, please contact our Head of Philanthropy and Supporter Engagement, Paul McCarthy, for a confidential discussion.

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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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.

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