Desmond Rea O'Kelly

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Desmond Rea O’Kelly (November 7, 1923 – February 18, 2011) was the architect of Liberty Hall in Dublin. Liberty Hall was formerly the tallest office building in Ireland, rising to 59.4 metres (195 feet).[1] Technologically innovative for late 1950s Ireland, the building was largely constructed in reinforced concrete.

He graduated from UCD with a BE in civil engineering in 1945. Much later, in 1977, he was admitted to membership of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and was elected a fellow in 2002. He was also elected to fellowship at the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 1985. In later years, he was commissioned by Dublin Tourism to carry out work on Malahide Castle, ingeniously strengthening its Georgian staircase in a way that could not be seen. He also worked on the Dublin Writers Museum in Parnell Square, where he managed to save plasterwork that had become saturated from the activities of thieves and vandals.[2]

In addition to architecture, Desmond Rea O’Kelly was heavily involved with Golf.[3]


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  3. ^ refer to archiseek website: "In addition to architecture, he was heavily involved with Golf. He was President for the Golfing Union of Ireland’s centenary in 1991, and served for 17 years as an officer of the Union, having also held the post of honorary secretary from 1975–1989. Prior to his presidency, Rea O’Kelly devoted 33 years to golf administration for his club Howth, the Leinster Branch and Central Council." -

External links[edit]

  • Desmond Rea O'Kelly Obituary [1]