St Mel’s
shortlisted for national awards

The restoration of St Mel's Cathedral, Longford is among thirty-six projects shortlisted for this years Irish Architecture Awards. Photo: Donal Murphy Photo
Just over two weeks ago, St Mel’s Cathedral was visited by President Michael D Higgins as it was officially re-dedicated.

Just over two weeks ago, St Mel’s Cathedral was visited by President Michael D Higgins as it was officially re-dedicated.

Those involved with the huge restoration project received further good news last week, as the Cathedral was shortlisted for some prestigious architectural awards.

The restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral is one of thirty-six projects to be shortlisted for the Irish Architecture Awards 2015 across sixteen different categories.

St Mel’s Cathedral was destroyed by fire in December 2009. It reopened to the public last December after an extensive five-year restoration.

Other projects shortlisted for the awards include; Athlone Community College, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Dublin’s Rosie Hackett Bridge.

In April, the Cathedral was honoured at the CMG Irish Building & Design Awards.

The restoration was named Interior Architectural Project of the Year under Fitzgerald, Kavanagh & Partners. It also beat off stiff competition to be named Ireland’s Buiding Project of the Year.

Voting on the Public Choice Award is now open at http://www.irisharchitectureawards.ie/public-choice/

Voting closes at midday on June 17.