Huge crematorium planned for Dardistown Cemetery
Plans for a new crematorium in north Dublin have been unveiled.
Construction will begin this month on the new facility in Dardistown Cemetery, near Dublin Airport, which is marked for completion by next summer.
Glasnevin Trust, Ireland's biggest provider of funeral services, has spent around €5m on the 613sqm complex.
It will be a non-denom- inational facility, offering alternatives to traditional burials to people from all backgrounds.
The public area of the building will be separated into two congregation spaces with room for 150 people each.
In the event of a larger service, the two congregation spaces can be merged, accommodating up to 300 people.
The congregation space will be built as a transparent space, with an overhanging roof supported by steel columns.
There will be a fan-shaped roof, and functional areas will be enclosed by a high wall of weathered limestone. The building is to be set in a grove of trees.
"Once open, Dardistown crematorium will operate six days a week, providing a much-needed service for the greater north Dublin area as well as Louth, Meath and Cavan," said Glasnevin Trust chief executive George McCullough.
"The new crematorium will offer a tranquil environment for people to visit and pay their respects to their loved ones.
"All of the Glasnevin Trust cemeteries are non-denominational, in keeping with our mission to bury and cremate people of all religions and no religion with dignity and respect."
The trust has been providing funeral services in Ireland for 187 years, and operates ceme- teries in Goldenbridge, Glasnevin, Palmerstown and Newlands Cross in addition to Dardistown.
In 1982, it opened Ireland's first crematorium in Glasnevin.
The new facility was designed by A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects, the firm that employed murderer Graham Dwyer before his arrest in October 2013.
An emphasis on low emissions was an important factor in the design, and it is hoped the new crematorium will be the most environmentally friendly in the country.