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Reusing Ireland’s Built Heritage

In this week long exhibition Peter McVerry Trust will showcase our work to reuse Ireland’s built heritage. The reuse of vacant or derelict buildings must be part of the solution to the housing and homeless crisis. This unique event will bring together a photography exhibition, video portraits of those housed in the reused buildings, empty homes walking tours and discussions on how we can improve our response to empty buildings.

Date and Times:

The exhibition will be open daily from 10am-4pm at the Irish Architecture Foundation, 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1.

Walking Tours

Peter McVerry Trust will organise a daily walking tour departing at 1pm from the Irish Architecture Foundation at 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1. The tour will bring people through Dublin’s north inner city and tell the story behind just some of the empty buildings that could be returned to use in the area and our efforts to do just that.

Register for the walking tours here

Evening Panel Discussion

On Thursday 23rd August, a special panel discussion will take place on theme of Reusing Ireland’s Built Heritage this event will begin at 6pm.

The discussion will be moderated by Lois Kapila Managing Editor & Co-Founder of the Dublin Inquirer with panellists Dr Philip Crowe, Co-Founder Reusing Dublin & Space Engagers, Alison Harvey, Planning Officer & Programme Manager, Heritage Council and Francis Doherty, Head of Communications at Peter McVerry Trust.

Register for the panel discussion here 


Peter McVerry Trust work to tackle empty, vacant and derelict buildings

Peter McVerry Trust is campaigning for State-led action on empty homes, derelict sites and underused spaces.

Peter McVerry Trust strongly believes that addressing these issues can play a significant role in improving housing availability, housing affordability, and reducing and ultimately eliminating homelessness. 

Peter McVerry Trust has brought back over 60 units of accommodation into use and created four homeless hostels, as well as two family services, from underused space. This work demonstrates the potential to deliver significant quantities of homes and other forms of accommodation needed in Ireland today. 

On the menu on the right-hand side, you will find pages with information relating to our ongoing work as well as information relating to our projects and empty homes in general. 

Empty Homes Information Flyer

Download the flyer with information on the Repair and Lease Scheme and Buy and Renew Initiative.

Contact Us

If you’d like to discuss empty homes, please contact emptyhomes@pmvtrust.ie or call 01 823 0776.

 Help us Map Empty Homes, Derelict Sites and Underused Spaces

Reusing Dublin was initially created and developed by Aoife Corcoran and Philip Crowe. Their research project, Reusing Dublin, was part of a wider EU FP7 funded project called TURAS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability).

The website provided a valuable resource to map and track vacant and derelict sites. It brought attention to an issue largely ignored in public discussions on housing and land use.

In 2016, as the research project drew to a close, Peter McVerry Trust engaged with Aoife and Philip with a view to using their resource and concept to create a campaign platform. The campaign will concentrate on the need to increase housing supply and availability as well as improve land and property management systems. Ultimately, it is hoped that the campaign will result in a number of positive social impacts as well as delivering an improved urban environment.

The new phase of Reusing Dublin operated by Peter McVerry Trust will seek to increase public and political awareness of the issues and provide access to news and information related to vacancy and dereliction in Dublin.

Visit www.reusingdublin.ie and follow us on Twitter @reusingdublin