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The newly restored St Mels Cathedral

The newly restored St Mels Cathedral

St Mel's

St Mel's

The gutted cathedral

The gutted cathedral

Members of the choir singing at the mass of rededication in St Mel's Cathedral Longford

Members of the choir singing at the mass of rededication in St Mel's Cathedral Longford

John Mc Elroy

Fintan Farrelly

Fintan Farrelly

President Michael D. Higgins signing the visitors book on his arrival at St Mel's Cathedral Longford for the mass

President Michael D. Higgins signing the visitors book on his arrival at St Mel's Cathedral Longford for the mass

John Mc Elroy

Sea view: Dun Laoghaire’s controversial new library

Sea view: Dun Laoghaire’s controversial new library

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The new Library in Dun Laoghaire
Pic Frank Mc Grath

The new Library in Dun Laoghaire Pic Frank Mc Grath

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The newly restored St Mels Cathedral

St Mel's Cathedral in Longford has been chosen as Ireland's favourite building.

The newly renovated building was rebuilt following a fire in 2009.

The newly restored St Mel's Cathedral is set to have its first mass this week after it was destroyed by fire on Christmas morning in 2009.

A private house in north County Dublin also received a gong as did the controversial Dun Laoghaire library building.

A total of 36 projects were shortlisted for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards public choice award.

In its sixth year, the Public Choice Award gave the public the chance to vote from the shortlist and the project was then Ireland’s favourite building 2015.

Other shortlisted projects included Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin; Dalkey Heritage Centre and Town Hall in Dublin; and Athlone Community College.

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