O'Connell School had a significant presence in Glasnevin today at the formal opening of the O'Connell Tower. (O'Connell Christian Brothers School, funded by the Catholic Association of Daniel O'Connell, was founded in 1828 by Edmund Ignatius Rice).The stairs in the Glasnevin tower were blown up in 1971 and have now been replaced, giving access to the highest vantage point in Dublin, with view as far as the Mourne Mountains and the Hills of Wales.
|Assembling for the speeches|
|Speeches over, head for the Crypt (Chairman of Glasnevin Trust. John Green, Minister for finance, Paschal Donohoe, Geoffrey Donaldson of DUP and Commissioner of Public Works, John McMahon)|
|Going down the stairs for the formal opening by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe.|
|Commissioner John McMahon, Geoffrey Donaldson, Paschal Donohoe and John Green, at the crypt ready to cut the tape.|
|Prof. Tommie Cooke and Proinnsias Ó Cillín, (author of this blog)|
|Bertie Ahern and Martin Mansergh|
|The bookshop, restaurant, museum and reception area (where the Invincibles launched our record Graves of Glasnevin)|
|View of cemetery from Museum/ reception area|
|Another view from the reception area|
Here I am, back in 1980, being introduced by PRO, Bill Hyland. Bertie Ahern is on the right. We found he had a similar list of wonderful objectives as our selves: but he actually achieved these things. Also in the photo is Nurse Helen Feeney (extreme left), who was subsequently murdered in Saudi Arabia, and committee member Marilyn Stewart.