Work begins to restore final headquarters of 1916 leaders on Moore Street
WORK is to begin on the Commemorative Centre at no 14-17 Moore Street and it is expected that the centre will be completed next year.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said that the site will be opened for a special commemorative event next year to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.
The firm behind the restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse will lead the project and the buildings in Dublin city centre will be restored to their original 1916 condition.
No 16 on the terrace was the final headquarters of the 1916 Leaders before they surrendered.
“Once completed, 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,” Minister Humphries said.
“The conservation work will reveal the period architectural detail, the living conditions and, above all, the imprint of the insurgency.”
“The primary focus of the work is to reveal the buildings as they were during the Rising, allowing them to illuminate that period in our history,” she added.
“My department is continuing to work in consultation with 1916 relatives on the content of the Commemorative Centre. I have also met with representatives of the Moore Street Traders, who are in favour of the development and who we will continue to work with in the months ahead," the Minister continued.
When completed the centre will form part of a new historic trail in the city, including a multi-million euro visitor’s centre at the GPO on O’Connell Street.
The Government has faced opposition from some quarters for only including part of the terrace and a campaign is underway to extend the national monument status to the entire Moore Street terrace.
Some €4m has been allocated for the building of the centre.