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Iconic O’Connell Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery to have internal stairway restored

Published 13/02/2014 | 13:36

Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery was Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery was Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery are George McCullough, Chief Executive Glasnevin Trust, John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust, Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State and John McMahon, Commissioner of the OPW. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery are John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust and Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery are Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State and John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the O'Connell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery are Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State and John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the OÕConnell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery are Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State and John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014

THE ICONIC O’Connell Tower in Glasnevin cemetery is to have had its internal stairway restored after 40 years.

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The restoration of the staircase will enable visitors to climb to the top of the 51 metre tower for the first time in decades.

Built over the tomb of Daniel O’Connell, the original winding staircase  was destroyed by a bomb in 1971.

Loyalist paramilitaries were blamed for the bomb attack, which was said to be in response to the 1966 destruction of Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street.

The restoration will be part of a €200,000 project at the cemetery.

Work is set to begin later this month and is expected to be completed by October.

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