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Dublin firm to design chapel for 1916 plaza

THIS design from a Dublin architectural firm has beat competitors from across the globe to construct a chapel in the iconic Glasnevin cemetery.

The chapel is being built to commemorate 232 people who died in the 1916 Easter Rising.

O'Daly Architects from Rathgar, south Dublin, won the international competition to design a chapel that will be used as a place of mourning.

RENOVATION

John Green, chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, said the new chapel and renovation of the existing 1916 memorial and plaza that was built in 1966, will cost €4.5m, which the trust hopes to raise through both public grants and private fundraising.

The new chapel will be built in time to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising two years from now.

"It will be an iconic building," he told The Herald.

"It's a tribute to the citizens of Dublin who died in 1916, including innocent bystanders."

The chapel will be built alongside a mass grave in the St Paul's area of the cemetery which contains the bodies of 131 people, including citizens and two British soldiers, who were killed during the week-long rebellion.

The chapel will be non-denominational and open to anyone who is in mourning or who wish to pay their respects to the people who died in the Rising, he said.

CREMATION

IT WILL ALSO BE USED BY MOURNERS HOLDING CREMATION SERVICES AT THE CEMETERY, HE ADDED.

Flanked by rectangular pools of water on either side to instill a sense of peace and calm, the chapel is constructed of limestone slats which open out onto the adjacent grave site, he said.

"The first impression is of light coming through the building," he said.

"And it fulfiled the design brief to have a building that is a spiritual contemplative place," he added.

The design was selected among 129 entries submitted from around the world when the competition was launched last September by the Glasnevin Trust and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

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