Iconic O'Connell Tower Open at Glasnevin After Over 45 Years
The weather may have been on the dull side but that certainly did not cast a cloud over the mood at Glasnevin Cemetery today at the official re-opening of the iconic O'Connell Tower after over 45 years. Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, John Green opened proceedings and took us back to 1971, the year that a bomb was placed in the tower which destroyed the staircase. He remarked that at that time, the Dublin Cemeteries Committee 'didn't envisage the staircase being replaced at all'.
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform spoke about how Glasnevin Cemetery is a place that the local community values so much. He paid tribute to many of the key figures burried in the cemetery such as, Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Charles Stewart Parnell and William Dargan. He also noted that the tower is one of the first things he sees in the morning from his own kitchen window! The minister also officially opened the tower.
Lynn Kidney, Deputy Principal of the O'Connell School also spoke at the event. She eloquently paid tribute to Daniel O'Connell and all that he had done for Ireland during her speech. She remarked that William Gladstone described O'Connelll as being the 'greatest, popular leader the world has ever seen'. Students from the school placed a time capsule in the crypt at the bottom of the tower also.
Throughout the speeches many thanks were given to the team at Glasnevin Trust who have painstakingly overseen the restoration of the tower. Select groups of speakers and attendees took on the 198 steps in the tower to reach the top.
Former Taoiseach Bertie A'Hearn and Jeffery Donaldson MP were also in attendance.
Tickets for entry into O'Connell Tower and exhibition within are on sale now.
When you purchase a ticket, you can avail of a 25% discount off one of our renowned tours (terms and conditions apply), a €5.00 credit to search the Glasnevin genealogy records and 10% discount at the café on site.
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