Monday 25 June 2018

Irish Independent takes its place at O'Connell Tower re-opening

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe (left) and Glasnevin Trust chairman John Green look out from O’Connell Tower. Photo: PA Wire
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe (left) and Glasnevin Trust chairman John Green look out from O’Connell Tower. Photo: PA Wire
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A time capsule containing a school uniform, 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and Irish Independent reports on Donald Trump's threat to bomb Syria has been placed at the base of O'Connell Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A time capsule containing a school uniform, 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and Irish Independent reports on Donald Trump's threat to bomb Syria has been placed at the base of O'Connell Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery.

The tower was opened to visitors yesterday for the first time since 1971, when it suffered extensive damage in an explosion.

The Loyalist bombing was allegedly in retribution for the attack on Nelson's Pillar by republicans in 1966.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe cut the ribbon on the entrance to the 55 metre round tower, which has cost €400,000 to repair.

It was originally built in the 1850s in honour of Daniel O'Connell. Visitors will be able to get a 360-degree view stretching from Wicklow to Meath.

O’Connell Tower. Photo: PA Wire
O’Connell Tower. Photo: PA Wire

The reopening was marked by the laying of a time capsule at the base of the tower by the students from the local O'Connell School in Glasnevin.

Each class in the school, along with staff and past pupils, were asked to contribute something to the capsule which is to remain closed until 2068.

Last Thursday's Irish Independent was included "to reflect the times we live in", along with a smartphone and headphones.

Sixth year students selected Zambian artwork, while the teachers put forward a staff handbook "to show the daily activities" in the school.

Books written by Pope Francis were also included and an Irish language biography of O'Connell.

Among those in attendance at the official opening were former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson.

Mr Donohoe said: "In recent years, Glasnevin Cemetery has become a unique and unmissable Dublin attraction."

Tours begin today and run between 1-3pm with six to eight visitors per 10-minute tour.

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