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.

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 celebrates 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

- Developing a new cultural attraction at 18 Ormond Quay Upper/Arran Street East

- 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

Current Project - The Dublin Merchant House

18 Ormond Quay Upper and the ongoing restoration of 68 Arran Street East is one of the most exciting refurbishment projects of its kind in Ireland. The buildings represent the very essence of Dublin's streetscape heritage and its merchant trading tradition.

We are now in the final stages of restoring the Georgian facade of the 1750s house to the rear of 18 Ormond Quay, the second phase of the full-scale refurbishment of this diminutive urban block in the heart of Dublin.

The third phase will involve the transformation of the pair of buildings and postage stamp-sized vacant site to the rear into an inpirational cultural attraction for the public benefit. We want to showcase the riches of Dublin's merchant interiors, allowing the public to explore historically furnished rooms dating from the mid-1700s to the early 1900s. A place where visitors can engage with authentic spaces, original building fabric and decorative finishes, learn about Dublin's history and  building tradition, and delight in diverse examples of our capital's architectural salvage and craftsmanship saved during the 20th century.

Feasibility study for reassembling Arran Street streetscape for cultural use

The Dublin Merchant House experience aims to be an important cultural landmark in the centre of Dublin, prominently sited on the historic Liffey quays. The buzz of its public ground floor with exhibition and cafe will contrast with the intimate atmosphere of its upper floors - rich in texture and historic character, redolent of the domestic rooms that filled the countless terraced streets of the 18th and 19th-century city.

The experience 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 made acessible to the public as part of the city's wider cultural offering. The Dublin Merchant House will add considerably to the distinction of Dublin as a cultural capital and its architectural patrimony.



- 18 Ormond Quay (1843) - 68 Arran Street East (1750s) - New build gallery/circulation

- Café and exhibition space to groound floor

- Contemporary extension whose architcture interprets the materials of the historic city

- Authentically furnished 1840s merchant interiors overlooking the River Liffey

- Full and partially restored 1750s rooms showcasing Georgian Dublin interiors

- Fully reassembled c. 1740s panelled room salvaged from Newry, Co. Down

- Architectural salvage gallery spaces


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

Authentic 1840s decorative interiors of 18 Ormond Quay Upper

Authentic 1840s decorative interiors of 18 Ormond Quay Upper

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.

Your donation will enable inclusion of your name and/or your company's logo on the Trust's prestigious Patrons List on our website, which is currently under compilation. Your support will include two thank you invitations 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.

Corporate Patron
Ormond: €1,000
Parnell: €3.000
Grafton: €5,000
O'Connell: €10,000

Individual Patron
Dawson: €250 - €500
Ormond: €1,000
Parnell: €3.000
Grafton: €5,000
O'Connell: €10,000


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 to arrange payment:


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.



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.


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: CHY8193

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 their 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: