Today, April 16th, marks the 50th anniversary of what was once Ireland’s tallest building, Cork County Hall.
Now the headquarters of Cork County Council, this iconic construction was designed by Architect Patrick McSweeney in 1968 and at that time was 64.3 metres in height. The County Hall retained its status of being the tallest building in Ireland right up until 2008, when surpassed by The Elysian (68.28 metres to the top floor).
As the original distinctive concrete facade became severely eroded an expansion scheme saw them replaced with an extra storey extending Cork County Hall’s height to 67m with a glazed pavilion offering panoramic views.
Chief Executive of the Council, Tim Lucey, noted the impact of the building on Cork:
“In 1968 at the official opening, then County Manager Michael Conlon noted this County Hall belonged to the people of Cork. It continues to belong to the people of Cork and will continue to be a building which delivers for the people of Cork.”
An exhibition went on display today from 1pm in the foyer within County Hall to showcase an extensive history of the building.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley together with Chief Executive of Cork County Council also unveiled a plaque commemorating the milestone.