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Wednesday 16 April 2014

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

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Pictured at the announcement of construction beginning this month on the restoration of the internal stairway in the OÕConnell Tower Monument at Glasnevin cemetery was Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State.ÊThe OÕConnell Tower Monument internal stairway was destroyed by an explosive device in 1971, in an attack attributed to Loyalist paramilitaries in reprisal for the destruction of NelsonÕs Pillar in DublinÕs OÕConnell Street. The 200,000 euro restoration project is being undertaken as part of a collaboration involving the expertise and craftsmanship of staff from the Office of Public Works and Glasnevin Cemetery.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

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

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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