Event and Photography Permits

Can I hold an event in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens?
The Office of Public Works recognises that the holding of appropriate events in its historic sites does much to increase their public profile, and since this is a key objective of the Office, accepts applications to do so. As the Irish National War Memorial Gardens is dedicated to the war dead, many events are not deemed suitable for this location.   The matrix of uses must be checked before you apply for permission.
What documents are required for an event/ photography/ filming?

Before applying (by online form only), please remember that if you are granted permission to hold your event in this location, you must prepare to have:

    • public liability insurance to the value of 6.5 million euro in one instance with the Commissioners of Public Works named on the policy
    • an indemnity form, which will be sent to you after your application is received and all paperwork is in order
    • a refundable deposit in case of damage to the Gardens, and in case of breach of conditions
    • an Event Safety Management Plan, a Traffic Management Plan, an Emergency Plan, Method Statement, and a Production Schedule
    • evidence of full consultation with statutory bodies, any residence groups, and adjacent institutions, well in advance of the event, and evidence of your meeting of their requirements
    • evidence that all music performances are IMRO (Irish Music Rights Association) compliant.

Download the Event Safety Management plan.

When should I apply?

Photoshoots require a minimum of three working days’ notice. Small scale events require at least four weeks’ minimum notice, and larger events eight weeks’ notice. No late applications are accepted, and no provisional bookings are made. Once an application is received, a response can be expected in three working days. Application is by online booking form only.

What type of events are not permitted in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens?
Please see the matrix of uses to check this.
Can I get married in the Gardens?

You cannot currently get married or hold a civil ceremony in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens. You may, however, wish to have your wedding photographs taken there. A permit is needed; just apply with at least three days’ notice. It does not cost any fee to have wedding photos taken in the Gardens.

A number of other historic sites cared for by the OPW are available to host your civil ceremony – click here for more details.

Does it cost money to hold an event?


Wedding photography: free.

Commercial photoshoot: €125 excluding vat per hour.
Charity/ tourism etc: €50 excluding vat per hour.
Filming: price on request, and depending on size and location.
Event: price on request, and will depend on size and location.
Fitness type classes: €15 excluding vat per hour per class, and there is a max of fifteen per class.

Payments are by electronic means only.


Matrix of Uses


Event Safety Management Plan

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