Our Heritage

Our Heritage – 20 Lower Dominick Street

20 Lower Dominick Street is a building of great historic and architectural interest. It was the family home of acclaimed stuccadore, master builder and merchant of Dublin Robert West who was active in Dublin from the 1750s until the 1780s. No 20 is one of the most spectacular pieces of stuccowork ceilings in Ireland. Since the 1700s the house has had a varied history: it was owned by John Beresford; in 1856 it was a Protestant school where Sean O’Casey’s mother and sister were teachers and where he spent much time; eventually it ended up as an orphanage before becoming the national office of Ireland’s largest not-for-profit youth organisation, Youth Work Ireland.


We welcome guided tours and talks, and you can hold private functions and meetings here - please get in touch with Anne to find out more and arrange your visit/event.

In Autumn 2017 the LUAS tramline will pass by our door, making the house even more accessible.

Please contact our Development & Fundraising Team with any queries:

Development Manager
(t): 858 4521
(m): 087 954 5777


“Youth Work Ireland state that it complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland and the with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising as set out by the ICTR”

The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising exists to:

  • Improve fundraising practice around the core principles of respect, honesty and openness.
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations who fundraise.
  • Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support and how their donations are utilised, and offer mechanisms for enquiry and verification.