The O’Connell Monument is the iconic landmark of Glasnevin Cemetery built in the form of a medieval round tower to commemorate Daniel O’Connell. Based on a Celtic Revival design of 1851 by antiquarian George Petrie, it was realised at a much larger scale by Patrick Byrne, architect to the Dublin Cemeteries Committee. The foundation stone was laid in 1854 and O’Connell’s remains were moved with great ceremony to a crypt at the base of the monument in 1869, 22 years after his death. The conservation works included repointing of the granite stonework, reinstatement of windows, and planning permission was obtained to reinstate an internal stair destroyed in a bomb attack of 1971, based on a surviving drawing by George Patrick Sheridan.
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