Iconic O'Connell Tower to reopen to the public for first time in nearly 50 years
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Iconic O'Connell Tower to reopen to the public for first time in nearly 50 years

IRELAND'S tallest round tower, O’Connell Tower, will reopen to the public for the first time in almost half a century.

According to RTE News, a newly installed staircase will allow visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the capital.

Also, a new self-guided tour has also been installed.

The 55m tower was built in 1855 to commemorate the Irish politician Daniel O’Connell and was once considered one of Ireland’s top attractions.

Following the explosion of a large bomb at the base of the tower in 1971, the landmark was closed to the public.

The bomb destroyed much of the structure including the interior staircase, and work began to restore it to its original state in 1971.

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Chief Executive of the Glasnevin Trust George McCullough told RTE’s Philip Bromwell: “It has been a long-held ambition of the Glasnevin Trust to reinstall the staircase.

“In our old minute books, it is recorded how people from every corner of the globe once came to visit the O’Connell Monument, the grave of probably the greatest statesman of his era.”