O’Brien’s Tower, the landmark building that stands on a headland at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, will undergo restoration in the coming weeks.
Millions of people from around the globe have visited the tower since local landlord Cornelius O’Brien constructed it in 1835. The viewing platform is located near the highest point of the 214-meter high cliffs and provides views of Clare, the Kerry Mountains, Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Clare County Council, which owns the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, signed a contract with Mid West Lime Ltd to carry out work including the removal and replacement of existing stair enclosure, staircases and windows and the application of a lime wet dash externally as well as the repair of the internal face of the stone fabric of the tower.
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“The completion of these restoration works will ensure safe and secure access for the public to this strategic viewing location while at the same time preserving one of the most historic and well-known buildings in Clare,” stated Councillor Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare.
"The tower suffers from water ingress as a consequence of its very exposed location," added Donnacha Lynch, Acting Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.
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"Due to concern for the long term damage and also visitor safety, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is carrying out repairs and interventions. We are applying a lime render to the exterior in an effort to stop water penetrating through the wall. The tower was most likely rendered when it was built almost two centuries ago."
The work will commence in February and end in May.