The Office of Public Works
To mark the centenary of the Easter rising in 1916, the Royal Irish Academy and the Office of Public Works (OPW) commissioned the artist David Rooney to create portraits of the men and women involved for the book 1916 Portraits and Lives. On 12 May 2016 the Royal Irish Academy and the OPW officially launched an exhibition entitled ‘1916 Portraits and Lives’ in Kilmainham Gaol. The exhibition will be on display until 31 October 2016.
The OPW also maintains the building that houses the Royal Irish Academy, Academy House at 19 Dawson Street.