Plans for new crematorium in north Dublin unveiled
Plans for a new state-of-the-art crematorium in north Dublin have been unveiled.
Construction will begin this month on a new facility in Dardistown Cemetery, near Dublin Airport, which is marked for completion by summer 2016.
The cemetery is run by Glasnevin Trust, which will invest around €5m to build the 613sqm complex on the site.
The crematorium will be a non-denominational facility, offering alternatives to traditional burials to people from all religions and backgrounds.
Glasnevin Trust chief executive George McCullough said: "Once open, Dardistown crematorium will operate six days a week, providing a much-needed service for the greater north Dublin area, as well as Louth, Meath and Cavan.
"The new crematorium will offer a peaceful and tranquil environment for people to visit and pay their respects to their loved ones.
"All of the Glasnevin Trust cemeteries are non-denominational in keeping with our mission to bury and cremate people of all religions and no religion with dignity and respect."
The public area of the building will be separated into two congregation spaces, with room for 150 people each, which can be merged in to one for larger services.
The Trust said the congregation space will be constructed as an open, transparent space, with an overhanging roof supported by steel columns.
There will be also a fan shaped roof and the building will be set in a grove of trees.
The new facility was designed by A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects.
Independent Fingal Councillor Justin Sinnott praised the development as a positive sign for the local economy.
"Any construction project, but particularly one of this scale, is great news for the area in terms of actually seeing things moving again," he said.
In 1963 Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on cremation for Catholics, and since then the number of people choosing cremation in Ireland has steadily risen. More than 3,000 people were cremated in Ireland in 2010.
The Glasnevin Trust opened Ireland's first crematorium in 1982. There are also crematoriums in Mount Jerome, Newlands Cross and Cork.