Ireland's most iconic structures named

From Cork City Hall to the Ballymun Towers, 80 buildings have been named the country’s most iconic.

Published in Construction Magazine, the list was compiled to mark the 80th anniversary of the Construction Industry Federation and includes a number of significant milestones for the country: Liberty Hall as Ireland’s first skyscraper; Turlough Hill as the only pumped hydro-electric system, and the first large suburban shopping mall, the Stillorgan Shopping Centre.

Projects were chosen which were either innovative, iconic, award-winning, the first of their kind or had critical infrastructure.

In the first period, the 1930s and 1940s, Cork City Hall and Galway Sanitorium both make the list. Busaras, Galway Cathedral, the Ballymun Towers and Cork’s Iniscarra Dam all make the cut for the 1950s and 1960s.

For the 1970s and 1980s, notable entries include Shannon Airport, NUI Galway and the Papal Cross in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel, Co Cork, is named one of the most iconic projects of the 1990s, as is Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse and the Croke Park redevelopment.

Predictably, the most modern category, the 2000s, features the most ‘iconic’ buildings and projects, including the Aviva Stadium, Dublin and Thomond Park, Limerick. The Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Centre in Co Clare is also listed, as is the Convention Centre, The Spire and Samuel Beckett Bridge, all in Dublin.

“This list celebrates some of the really great construction projects that have been undertaken in this country over the last 80 years,” said Construction Magazine Editor Brian Foley.

“In recent times there has been a lot of criticism aimed at the construction sector, particularly around certain badly built or poorly conceived projects which have given the industry a bad name. However, as the projects in this list show, the construction industry plays a vital role in the economy and Irish society. It has contributed a lot to Irish life and some of these projects play an extremely important and positive role in the State.”

Mr Foley said refining the list to 80 projects was not easy and shows how much of an impact the construction sector has made in the last few decades.

“With the industry now starting to recover and improved building standards being brought into force, it will be fascinating to see how the projects that are currently in the pipeline measure up,” he said.

“Hopefully, if this list is done again in the years ahead we will see a number of new buildings and new infrastructure included which will also come to be seen as just as significant to the country and represent further levels of growth and achievement for the construction industry.”

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