An Irish Heritage Trust Property

Passionate About Great Visitor Experiences

The Irish Heritage Trust, an independent not-for-profit organisation, has been working with Strokestown Park and the Westward Group to help secure the future of this special place in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

In 2015 the Trust became responsible for the property to create a sustainable operation for future generations and continue to bring benefits to the local community.

We are delighted that the new, state-of-the-art National Famine Museum will open at Strokestown Park in 2022. Funded by Fáilte Ireland, Westward Holdings Ltd, in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust, the Museum will showcase material from the Archive and will interpret the story of the Great Irish Famine in Ireland for a whole new generation of visitors and researchers.

The Irish Heritage Trust is responsible for delivering this project, which will deliver a distinctive and engaging experience at the National Famine Museum, while offering a sustainable heritage visitor experience for future generations to enjoy.

Bringing Places to Life

The Irish Heritage Trust was established in 2006 to care for and bring to life a variety of historic houses, gardens and parklands in Ireland, while developing innovative visitor experiences at these beautiful places: 

The Trust is bringing benefit to local communities and businesses through tourism, employment and a successful volunteering programme. It aims to achieve financial sustainability at these properties so that they prosper for current and future generations.

Environmental sustainability is a core objective, including the protection and enhancement of our natural heritage across all properties. 

As we continue to share these wonderful properties in meaningful ways, we believe that they will not only survive but thrive for future generations to enjoy.

Fota House Hallway

Irish Heritage Trust Membership

By taking out membership of the Irish Heritage Trust, you are supporting our work in bringing historic properties to life across Ireland, and ensuring they survive and thrive for future generations.

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