Help us to preserve and promote Dublin's built heritage



DUBLIN CIVIC TRUST is one of Ireland's best regarded built heritage organisations, leading by example through education, public awareness and full-scale demonstration projects that showcase the unique value of Dublin's traditional buildings. As a charitable body (CHY: 8193; RCN: 20019730), Dublin Civic Trust is much indebted to the benevolence of donors and supporters who ensure the continuation of our work – without the generous support of such donors, the Trust would be far less able to undertake these educational and conservational roles. 

The Trust's pioneering work has been recognised internationally, winning the Europa Nostra Award/European Heritage Award 2021 for the conservation/restoration of 18 Ormond Quay Upper in the historic heart of the capital on the River Liffey quays. The project was selected for its conservation ethos, for the outstanding contribution the restoration makes to Dublin's streetscape, and for its high-profile demonstration value.

Our track record in saving and restoring many similar historic buildings such as 21 Aungier Street and 4 Castle Street continues to highlight the lasting value of our work, effecting meaningful change in the historic built environment and setting a standard for best practice conservation everywhere.

IN 2022, THE TRUST celebrated 30 years advancing built heritage awareness, policy and education in Dublin and across Ireland. Our influence now extends to online learning, seminars, training days and open house events, plus an extensive social media reach across three platforms. Our research, policy documents and engagement with local and national government all continue to shape the built heritage landscape in Ireland for the benefit of society and the wider environment.








Europa Nostra Award-winning restoration of 18 Ormond Quay Upper

Your support will fund the vital work of Dublin Civic Trust

- Restoring key historic buildings in Dublin

- Raising public awareness about the city's built heritage

- Educating and training design professionals, tradespeople and building owners

- Promoting traditionals skills, materials and practices

- Preserving Dublin's patrimony for the present and the future

Become a Patron

Becoming a Patron of the Trust ensures that your generous support will fund our ongoing work in preserving and creating awareness about Dublin's built heritage. As a charitable body (CHY: 8193; RCN: 20019730) not in receipt of direct state funding, the Trust relies on the generosity of patrons to support our ongoing work.

Your donation will enable inclusion of your name or company on the Trust's prestigious Patrons List on our website, which is currently under compilation. Certain grades come with the benefit of brand acknowledgement, where your company logo features on the Home page of our website as well as on our Patrons page. Support includes a double invitation to an annual reception in 18 Ormond Quay Upper overlooking the River Liffey in one of Dublin's most beautiful merchant houses. The Trust's staff can also facilitate private tours of the building for you and your colleagues by appointment during the year.

Donations can be one-off or made recurring on an annual basis. The below are suggested figures for annual donations.



€1,000 – listing on website


€3,000 – listing on website


€5,000 – logo and listing on website + 5 CPD webinar places 


€10,000 – logo and listing on website + 10 CPD webinar places






Corporate Patronage is tax efficient for companies, as a donation may be deducted as if it were a trading expense or an expense of management (currently 12.5%). For example, a €1,000 donation to the Trust represents an actual corporate cost of €875.



Alternatively, please contact our office directly to arrange payment by cheque or EFT:





€250-500 – listing on website



€1,000 – listing on website



€3,000 – listing on website + 2 CPD webinar places



€5,000 – listing on website + access to all CPD webinars within one year of donation 



€10,000 – listing on website + access to all CPD webinars within one year of donation 





Individual Patronage of €250 and over is particularly beneficial to the Trust, as the amount donated is grossed up by the Revenue Commissioners at a specified rate (currently 31%), resulting in an effective donation of €362.32. We encourage all donors that donate €250 or above to fill in this simple one-page CHY4 Form from the Revenue Commissioners, and post it back to us at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. This small step is essential for us to claim the additional amount.



Alternatively, please contact our office directly to arrange payment by cheque or EFT: 



Small, Big-Hearted Donations: All donations under €100, where you chose the amount, are gratefully received, as every cent counts. Clicking on the link below will bring you directly to our secure PayPal page where you can specify your donation amount.

We will send you a personal thank you message for your support.


Current Project - 68 Arran Street East

Dublin Civic Trust is currently engaged in an exciting refurbishment project at 68 Arran Street East.
This modest building represents the very essence of Dublin's streetscape heritage and its merchant trading tradition.

We have just completed our restoration of the Georgian facade of 68 Arran Street East; the 1750s house to the rear of 18 Ormond Quay, representing the second phase of the full-scale refurbishment of this distinctive, quayside urban block in the heart of Dublin.

The third phase will transform this 1750s building into a permanent home for Dublin Civic Trust. Previously, the Trust has moved nomadically in tandem with the current revolving fund project, but given the upheaval and complexity involved, we are embarking on a project for a permanent base from which to operate. 68 Arran Street East, with its intriguing and beautiful mix of 18th, 19th and early-20th century layers is an ideal and modest home for the Trust, and will double-up as a showcase of the city's multi-faceted, layered development. 


- Repair of 1750s lime-plastered walls and ceilings 

- Cleaning and partial restoration of 1750s rococo decorative cornice 

- Repair and restoration of 1750s architectural joinery using partial surviving fragments 

- Conservation of open-well Edwardian staircase

- Sustainable space heating and renewable evergy sources

- W/C/kitchen extension and fire separation from top floor

The restored Georgian facade of 68 Arran Street East, incorporating the 1840s shopfront additions.

68 Arran Street East intends to establish a key conservation benchmark in the centre of Dublin, prominently sited just off the historic Liffey quays. The Trust's office presence is intended to restore life to the building's quirky, semi-shop ground floor, which will contrast with the intimate atmosphere of its upper floor - rich in texture and historic character, redolent of the domestic rooms that filled the countless terraced streets of the 18th and 19th-century city. It is intended that the Trust's premises would be open for public access on specified days, and during cultural events and festivals. 

Number 68's restoration will dynamically educate and engage the public with Dublin's built fabric, and engender a new appreciation for our collective architectural inheritance. It is vital that key examples of Dublin's historic buildings are showcased and conserved as part of the city's wider cultural offering. The many lives and layers of 68 Arran Street East will add considerably to the distinction of Dublin as a cultural capital and to its architectural patrimony.

Help us to develop this exciting project through the various Support strands below.

Authentic 1840s decorative interiors of 18 Ormond Quay Upper

Authentic 1840s decorative interiors of 18 Ormond Quay Upper

<<< Learn about the transformation of 68 Arran Street East by clicking the VIDEOS button

<<< Learn about the transformation of 68 Arran Street East by clicking the VIDEOS button

Leave a Legacy

Consider Dublin Civic Trust when drafting your will

Have you considered leaving a legacy in your will? Leaving a charitable bequest to a body like Dublin Civic Trust is a gesture that reaps considerable rewards long into the future. Deciding on such a donation is a personal decision which is why we are dedicated to using all such funds in a socially-minded and cost-effective manner.

Dublin Civic Trust is a non-governmental organisation that does not receive core funding from central government or local authorities. It relies on public support, grants, donations and sponsorship to achieve its objectives. Therefore, leaving the Trust a gift in your will has a number of unique benefits that include:

- Ensuring that key examples of Dublin’s built heritage are acquired, preserved and enhanced through the Trust’s Revolving Building Fund.

- Supporting built heritage advocacy through the Trust’s ongoing work in public promotion, civic consultations, educational and training activities, and media engagement.

- Leaving a donation to the Trust is highly tax efficient as such donations are entirely tax free. This can reduce the tax liability on your estate for your beneficiaries.

How to leave a Legacy

If you already have a will drafted, it is easy to amend it to include a donation to Dublin Civic Trust. This can be drafted with a simple modification, known as a codicil, which your solicitor can draw up as a routine exercise.

If you are currently composing or considering writing a will, a straightforward wording can be inserted by your solicitor, leaving your preferred gift to:

Dublin Civic Trust
18 Ormond Quay Upper
Dublin 7
Charity Registration Number (Revenue): CHY8193
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20019730

Dublin Civic Trust is always happy to help your solicitor with any specific wording or details they may need. 


Types of Legacy

Residuary Bequest – this offers a residual portion of your estate after family members, taxes, debts and expenses etc have been catered for.

Pecuniary Bequest – this offers a specified sum of money set at the time the will is composed.

Specific Bequest – this can be a specific item, property, investments, life assurance settlements etc. These can often be the most beneficial type of gift as its value tends to increase over a person's lifetime.


For further information about Dublin Civic Trust or to discuss how you might like to consider the Trust in your will, please contact our office directly: