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Our exciting new building restoration project at 68 Arran Street East is now underway. One of the most transformative initiatives of its kind in the city, we need your support to help it continue.

Upcoming CPD Webinar: Heritage and Climate Change – Conserving The Rubrics, Trinity College Dublin

Half Day Webinar

Wednesday 17th October 2023

Join us for our upcoming webinar which will explore themes of sustainable building practice and energy efficiency in the context of built heritage preservation. Led by Peter Cox, principal at Carrig Conservation, one of Ireland’s leading specialist building and heritage consultancies, the series of lectures will provide a global scientific context to the challenges of climate change, resource management, international research and the application of these principles in the Irish context.




18 Ormond Quay Upper Wins European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021

Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to receive Europe's most prestigious award for built heritage conservation - the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021 - for the restoration of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an 1840s merchant buiding in the historic centre of Dublin.

18 Ormond Quay was restored by the Trust over a three-year period since 2017 as a demonstration project under its ‘revolving fund’ mechanism, showing how historic buildings in the centre of Dublin can be sensitively restored with a residential component.

We feel this award is for Dublin and all Dubliners who cherish their city and its built heritage.


A restoration project on Dublin’s quays has just been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar

Sunday Independent

July 25 2021 02:30 AM

Conor Skehan

A modest restoration project has been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar by Europa Nostra, which is Europe’s largest and oldest federation of heritage organisations.

Every year it celebrates and promotes significant heritage achievements across 40 countries.

This year, the Dublin Civic Trust won a European Heritage Award/Europa Nostra Award 2021 for their restoration of a simple 19th-century merchant’s building at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in the centre of Dublin.


Project 18Ormond Updates

Decoration of the upper floor rooms in 18 Ormond Quay is well advanced, the walls now dressed in authentic Irish wallpapers recreated by leading wallpaper expert and manufacturer, David Skinner. Take a chance to view the completed rooms for yourself...




Conserve your Building

Dublin's historic buildings are a unique resource that shapes the identity of the city. 

Discover more about building conservation, origins of architectural styles and materials, and how to approach your own conservation project.


Irish Period Houses - The Definitive Reference Manual

Dublin Civic Trust's flagship publication Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual is the must-have reference tool for building conservation in Ireland.

Newly rewritten and published for 2016 by the original author, chartered conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.


2021 Building Conservation Grants



If you own or occupy a Protected Structure or a building located in an Architectural Conservation Area, you are eligible to make an application for financial grant assistance for conservation and maintenance works under the Government's recently announced 2021 grant schemes.

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has launched details of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2021. With €6 million in funding across both schemes, they represent a significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the schemes will support hundreds of projects while also creating over 30,000 days of employment.

Both schemes are now open for submissions through your local authority until the newly extended deadline of Wednesday 24th February 2021.


Project 18Ormond - The Story So Far 



The Identification and Reuse of Traditional 17th & 18th-Century Urban Buildings

One Day Symposium

6th December 2019



This one-day symposium organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, showcases the diverse richness of Ireland's pre-Georgian and early Georgian built heritage in our towns and cities. A host of expert speakers will shine a light on all aspects of early building construction, from timber and masonry materials, to roof typologies and architectural joinery. The aim of the event is to involve more people and communities in recognition and preservation of early urban buildings in our historic cities and towns, raise levels of awareness, and seek innovative and creative schemes for contemporary living.


Extract from early 1700s perpective of College Green

Extract from early 1700s perpective of College Green