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Thursday 19 September 2019

Corballis House set to be demolished

THE green light for Dublin Airports second terminal means the destruction of a 19th century house that has become an airport landmark.Corballis House is a protected structure and dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century and is on Fingal County Councils Register of Protected Structures and is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.Desp

By John Manning

THE green light for Dublin Airport’s second terminal means the destruction of a 19th century house that has become an airport landmark.

Corballis House is a protected structure and dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century and is on Fingal County Council’s Register of Protected Structures and is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

Despite its ‘protected’ status, Fingal council has agreed to its demolition, subject to its proper archaeological and historical recording.

The airport landmark lies within the footprint of the new development and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has decided it should be demolished to make way for progress.

The planning application states that the design team engaged by the DAA on the T2 project considered incorporating Corballis House into the project but decided the option was ‘not viable’.

The design team concluded that when balancing the significance of the house with the strategic importance of the project that ‘removal of Corballis House (with comprehensive recording prior to demolition), was the most viable option’.

The possibility of relocating the house was also considered but the design team considered that so much damage would be done to the house in the process that ‘the level of damage and impact which would result would be unacceptably high’.



Prior to any demolition works, Fingal County Council has insisted that a full investigation of the building and the site it occupies takes place. All medieval fragments, dating back to a possible castle that once occupied the site have to be preserved and the history of the building itself must be recorded.





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