Ireland’s tallest tower reopens for public after 47 years

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Ireland’s tallest tower O’Connell reopened for the public after a long gap of 47 years on Saturday that was closed after a bomb attack.

Hundreds of tourists, both local and foreign were seen coming in from different corners of the city to visit the O’Connell Tower after its re-opening.

Located in the north of the capital, Dublin, the tower was built in 1855 in the memory of Daniel O’Connell, one of the greatest political figures in the first half of the 19th century in Ireland.

O’Connell was born in 1775 and died in Italy in 1847. He was famous for his fight for equality in political and civil rights for Catholics in the country.

As per his last wish, O’Connell’s heart was buried in Rome while his remaining body is placed in a coffin at the tower’s base.

The round shaped tower measures 55 meters in height. Built of stones, it provides a 360-degree view of Dublin making it once one of the greatest attractions for tourists in the country.

However, in 1971, a huge bomb hit the base of the tower that caused structural damage and destroyed interior staircase.

Though some group claimed responsibility for the bomb attack, it has never been officially confirmed.

In 2016, Glasnevin Trust, the largest funeral services provider in Ireland, started work to restore the destroyed staircase that leads to the top of the tower.

Officials with Glasnevin Cemetery said the destroyed staircase has been restored strictly according to what it looked like in the past.

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