Around the Block: O’Daly Architects wins competition to design new Glasnevin Centenary Chapel

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, where a new chapel will commemorate the 232 people who died in the 1916 Easter Week Rising. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, where a new chapel will commemorate the 232 people who died in the 1916 Easter Week Rising. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 00:00

Congratulations to O’Daly Architects in Dublin’s Rathgar who emerged winners out of 129 entries to an international competition to design the new Glasnevin Centenary Chapel. The competition was launched last September by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) on behalf of the Glasnevin Trust.

The winning design will commemorate the 232 people who died in the 1916 Easter Week Rising, and who were interred in Glasnevin Cemetery. The site chosen for the chapel is where 131 people were buried in a mass grave in the St Paul’s cemetery area of Glasnevin Cemetery.

The winning design for the new chapel creates a series of calming and contemplative spaces drawing on the natural environment. The building cost is estimated at between €3 million and €3.5 million and will be funded partly by the Dublin Cemeteries Committee. In addition, Government funding is being sought and the committee has started fundraising activities through philanthropic sources. It’s planned the project will be completed in time for Easter 2016 Centenary celebrations.

O’Daly architects was founded in 1989 by Tony O’Daly and Geraldine Byrne O’Daly, with daughters, Emer and Kate, joining the practice in recent years. Their winning entry received an award of €10,000.