The Tara’s Palace Trust
Tara’s Palace Trust is a registered Irish Children’s Charity (CHY8009) dedicated to helping the children of Ireland in its unique way. The centre piece of the museum is Tara’s Palace, one of the greatest dolls palaces in the world, which is displayed together with a collection of historic doll houses, toys and childhood bygones in Powerscourt House, Enniskerry.
The project to create Tara’s Palace began in 1978 and took 15 years to initial completion. It was established as a charity in 1994.
The charity was the idea of Ron and Doreen McDonnell and a Trust established under their will passed Tara’s Palace to a board of Trustees to be used for children and children’s charities.
The charity is formed as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and is governed by a board of Trustees who give their services on a voluntary basis.
The Trust operates a childhood museum centred on Tara’s Palace and the Trust’s collection of childhood bygones and historic doll houses.
Most of the staff working for the museum are unpaid volunteers.