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