The tower was built to commemorate the life of one of Ireland's greatest political figures, Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847).
- In 1854, work commenced on the O'Connell tower.
- The architect was Patrick Byrne (1783 - 1864) who was also responsible for St. Audeons Church and St Pauls Church in Dublin.
- It took hundreds of skilled tradesmen and labourers 16 months to complete.
- The tower foundations are constructed of Limestone from Lucan, Co.Dublin.
- Granite from Dalkey, Co. Dublin was used to construct the tower itself.
- In 1893 a replica of the tower made out of empty whiskey bottles was put on display at the World's Fair in Chicago by the Power's Whiskey Company.
In 1971 a disaster struck when a large bomb comprising of 10lbs of gelignite, exploded at the base of the tower.
In 1991, a decision was made to open the crypt in the base of the Tower for the first time in 20 years. From that date, the mission to restore the entire monument began. This culminated in April 2018, when the iconic landmark was officially re-opened. The Tower is now open to the public complete with an exhibition detailing the life of Daniel O'Connell and the history of the majestic tower built in his honour.
O'Connell's final words "My body to Ireland, my heart to Rome, my soul to heaven" are inscribed in the elaborately designed walls of his crypt which is located at the base of the tower.
The height of the tower from the foundation to the apex of the cross is 180 feet or 55 metres.
The cross at the top of the tower is cut from one piece of solid granite and is over 7 feet high.
The total cost of construction came to £18,000 or the equivalent of €15 million today.
Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday - 10:00am - 6:00pm
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