Architecture Competition for 1916 Centenary Chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery


Glasnevin Trust is the largest provider of funeral services in Ireland. The Trust is run by an Executive Management Committee governed by the Dublin Cemeteries Committee established in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell. The Trust’s mission is as handed down by Daniel O’Connell “to bury people of all religions and none”. The Trust administers five cemeteries around Dublin. Glasnevin Cemetery was opened in 1832 on the Finglas Road with St. Paul’s Cemetery opened in 1900 on the opposite side of Finglas Road.

Glasnevin Trust wishes to develop the 1916 Centenary Chapel to commemorate, in particular the 232 people who died during the 1916 Rising and who are buried in a mass grave on the site in St. Paul’s Cemetery, as well as all others who lost their lives in those events. The Chapel is to be for all denominations and will primarily accommodate ceremonies held before a cremation.

It should also relate to the existing 1916 monument on the site. The building should be of high quality, built of materials that are durable and will have a feeling of permanence.

Glasnevin 1916 Centenary Chapel, a concept of peace and contemplation.

The Centenary Chapel should be a peaceful, contemplative space which will commemorate those who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising on one hand, while creating a space in modern times where one can grieve for and remember the recently deceased. It should be a place of commemoration and contemplation and to a degree, a place of happy memories and celebration of what has been achieved in a life.


This competition is open to persons who are currently included on the Irish Register of Architects; those who are eligible to register without further assessment on the basis of the EU qualifications directive 2005/36/EC ; those who are established in another EU Member State and eligible to provide services in Ireland; and those persons outside the EU/EEA who are registered with a national registration body and in a position to seek registration in Ireland. Persons outside the EU/EEA area should include evidence confirmation of registration with a national registration body and/or a UIA recognised professional organisation.

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The competition is an open, one stage design contest for an architect-led design team. It would be the intention of the promoters to appoint the winning team, but the promoters reserve the right to make separate, individual and different appointments other than that of the architect/architectural practice. The promoters reserve the right to invite shortlisted practices to enter a second stage of the competition should that be desirable.


Competition registration can be made only on the official registration form, which will be available here

Each registration must be accompanied by a registration fee of €123.00 which includes VAT at 23%. A registered competitor may withdraw a registration on or before 1st November 2013 and will be entitled to a refund of the registration


The project budget to include construction, fit-out, VAT is not to exceed € 3.0m. The budget is not to include professional fees or Local Authority capital contributions or application fees for planning and other permissions/certificates.


The Competition Brief, reports, drawings, site photographs and regulations will only be available once entrants have registered. To download registration form here:


Competition Registration Opens: 30th September 2013
Questions Deadline: 07th October 2013
Withdrawal of Registration and Refund of Fee: 1st November 2013
Answers Circulated: 14th October 2013
Registration Deadline: 29th November 2013
Submission Deadline: 18th December 2013
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