Saturday 1 October 2016

Work begins on 'lasting tribute' to 1916 leaders

Laura Larkin

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in number 16 Moore Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Maxwells
Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in number 16 Moore Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Maxwells

Work has begun on the Moore Street commemorative centre, which will be a "lasting tribute" to the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

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Builders have moved in to numbers 14 to 17, and the project is expected to be completed next year.

"Once finished, the new Commemorative Centre will act as a lasting tribute to the 1916 Leaders, allowing people to step back in time to the dramatic final moments of the Rising," Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys said.

The buildings acted as the final headquarters for the leaders of the Easter Rising and played a significant role in the history-making event.

Some €4m has been allocated to restoring the buildings to their 1916 condition.

Members of the public will be able to access the site during Easter week, Ms Humphreys said.

The firm behind the restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse will lead the project.

John Connolly, a grandson of one of the Rising leader's, James Connolly, welcomed the news.

Mr Connolly, who is a member of the Save No 16 Moore Street committee, noted that the centre was the result of a 12-year-long campaign.

"The result here is greater than our wildest dreams," John Conway, secretary of the committee, told the Irish Independent.

The committee was formed to campaign for the restoration and protection of the site due to its historical significance.

"We feel that the minister and the Government have struck the right balance between the need to conserve and the need to regenerate the northern end of the city," said Mr Conway.

"It promises to be a vibrant and lively historical monument."

When completed, the commemorative centre will be an important part of a new historic trail through the capital that will include a multi-million euro visitors' centre at the GPO on O'Connell Street.

Irish Independent

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