The iconic O’Connell Tower at Glasnevin Cemetery has officially reopened to the public, boasting incredible views across all of Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and the Irish Sea.
Visitors to the historical Dublin tourist attraction can now ascend to the top of the 55-metre-high tower for the first time since 1971.
Officially reopening the tower, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, said: “In recent years, Glasnevin Cemetery has become a unique and unmissable Dublin attraction. Developing from a traditional cemetery, and the resting place of more than 1 million people, to the home of the wonderful Museum and Visitor Centre and an exceptionally engaging and entertaining tour, it draws tens of thousands of visitors every year.”
He added: “The restoration of the iconic O’Connell Tower, with a newly installed staircase that promises unparalleled views, adds yet another string to the already fulsome Glasnevin Cemetery bow.
“It is a privilege to be here today, alongside the students from the local school that takes O’Connell’s name, to see the results of the extraordinary work undertaken by the OPW and the Glasnevin Trust. It is testament to the man we refer to as the Liberator and one of the seminal figures in Irish political life.”
Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran commented: “I am delighted that this monument is once again accessible to all to see the wonderful vistas of Dublin and surrounding areas, last seen from this vantage point some 50 years ago. The OPW had a significant role to play in the conservation and restoration of this monument to one of Ireland’s greatest political figure, ‘The Liberator’, Daniel O’Connell.”
The O’Connell Tower was closed in 1971 when a large bomb exploded at its base. The blast shot up through the tower, destroying its staircase and blowing out its windows.
The force was such that it resulted in a large crack that spread up through its granite. This crack can still be seen today.
In partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW), Glasnevin Trust began work in 2016 to reinstate the staircase and restore the tower. Now reopened, the top of the tower boasts stunning 360 panoramic views of Dublin and its surrounding areas.
Tours of the tower begin on April 14th with access being granted by ticket only. Priced at €12 for adults and €9 for students, children and seniors, you can purchase tickets online.
The ticket includes access to the tower, entry into the exhibitions in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and more. For more information about tour times and to book your tickets, visit www.glasnevinmuseum.ie.