Glasnevin Chapel Restoration Works

    Tuesday 31st August 2021

    Glasnevin Mortuary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery was built in 1872 - 79 to a design of 1859 by James Joseph McCarthy in Hiberno-Romanesque style to complement the round tower as conceived by George Petrie in 1851.

    The restoration works were part funded by The Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 in respect of which the Organisation would like to acknowledge and express its gratitude.

    The Community Heritage grant enabled relining of the granite eaves gutter and repairs to the valleys, retaining the original slating of the 1870 with minor repairs to respect the characteristic banding.

    Pointing repairs were carried out on the western side of the nave, to the belfry tower and its conical stone-weathered roof.

    Corrosion of embedded ironwork within the spire supporting the decorative ironwork apex cross was addressed and cracking of the finial stone repaired. 

    Glasnevin Mortuary Chapel is a part of a significant architectural group forming the main entrance to Glasnevin Cemetery, Ireland’s national cemetery. The work is part on an ongoing programme of restoration which is required for the proper presentation the cemetery and to maintain the dignity of an important place of mourning and commemoration. The work benefits the architectural heritage of Ireland at a hugely significant cultural site, and enhances the character of the built environment for the local community of the area, and for all people whose loved ones are interred there.