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Dublin architect win 1916 Rising project

Thursday, January 30 16:49:06

Rising star in Irish architecture, Emer O'Daly, has won a prestigious international competition to design a once-off chapel to commemorate 232 people who died in the Easter Rising.

Most of those who died were interred in Glasnevin Cemetery - 131 were buried in a mass grave on the site chosen for this chapel in the St. Paul's cemetery area of Glasnevin Cemetery, while the remainder were interred in family graves throughout the cemetery.

The competition was organised by the RIAI on behalf of the Glasnevin Trust, part the non-denominational Dublin Cemeteries Committee, the body which administers Glasnevin Cemetery.

The competition, launched last September, attracted 129 entries of a remarkably high standard, from architects throughout the world. The promoters and judging panel were extremely impressed by the quality of the schemes selected following a rigorous assessment process.

The winning entry receives an award of E10,000.

Glasnevin Trust has decided, in recognition of the international aspect, size and quality of the responses, to make 4 four additional premiated awards - 2nd place and three highly commended entries.

David Jameson, MRIAI; Paul Fox, MRIAI; Rose Bonner, MRIAI came second and Cian Deegan, MRIAI; Alice Casey, TAKA, Dublin, Ralph Bingham, MRIAI, MOLA Architecture, Dublin, Andrew Weston, RIBA, Weston Williamson + Partners, London each came highly commended.

It is planned to have the project completed for, and officially opened during, the Easter 2016 Centenary celebrations.