List of tallest buildings in Ireland
This is a list of the tallest habitable buildings on the island of Ireland (used for living and working in, as opposed to masts and churches). The island of Ireland has relatively few tall buildings. As of 2017, there were several proposals to change this, with developments proposed for Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Dublin. The island's first tall building was Liberty Hall, built in 1965, which stands at 59.4 metres (195 ft). The current tallest habitable building on the island of Ireland is the Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland at 85 metres (279 ft). The tallest storied building in the Republic of Ireland is Capital Dock in Dublin, at about 79 metres (259 ft).
Tallest habitable buildings
|1||Obel Tower||Belfast||Residential||2010||28||85 m (279 ft) |
|2||Grand Central Hotel||Belfast||Hotel||1975||23||80 m (260 ft)|
|3||Belfast City Hospital||Belfast||Hospital||1986||15||76 m (249 ft)|
|4||Belfast Hilton Hotel||Belfast||Hotel||1998||16||63 m (207 ft)|
|5||BT Riverside Tower||Belfast*||Office||1998||14||62 m (203 ft)|
|6||Divis Tower||Belfast||Residential||1966||20||61 m (200 ft)|
|7=||Royal Victoria Hospital||Belfast||Hospital||2012||12||57 m (187 ft)|
|7=||The Boat||Belfast||Residential, Office||2010||15||57 m (187 ft)|
|9=||Linium Square||Belfast||Office||2005||13||55 m (180 ft)|
|9=||Causeway Tower||Belfast||Office||2004||13||55 m (180 ft)|
|9=||Great Northern Tower||Belfast||Office||1992||13||55 m (180 ft)|
|12||Belfast City Hall||Belfast||Government building||1906||N/A||53 m (174 ft)|
|13||Grainne House||Belfast||Residential||1968||17||52 m (171 ft)|
|14||Europa Hotel||Belfast||Hotel||1971||13||51 m (167 ft)|
|15||Lanyon Place||Belfast||Office||2014||12||50 m (160 ft)|
Republic of Ireland
|1||Capital Dock||Dublin||Mixed-use||2018||22||79 m (259 ft)|
|2||The Exo Building||Dublin||Office||2021||17||73 m (240 ft)|
|3||The Elysian||Cork||Mixed-use||2008||17||71 m (233 ft)|
|4=||Google Docks||Dublin||Office||2010||15||67 m (220 ft)|
|4=||Cork County Hall||Cork||Office||1968||17||67 m (220 ft)|
|6||Millennium Tower||Dublin||Residential||1998||16||63 m (207 ft)|
|7||Liberty Hall||Dublin||Office||1965||17||59.4 m (195 ft)|
|8||One George's Quay Plaza||Dublin||Office||2002||13||59 m (194 ft)|
|9||Riverpoint||Limerick||Mixed use||2008||15||58.5 m (192 ft)|
|10||Crowne Plaza||Dundalk||Hotel||2007||14||58 m (190 ft)|
|11||Clayton Hotel||Limerick||Hotel||2002||17||57 m (187 ft)|
|12||Boland's Quay||Dublin||Mixed use||2020||13||54 m (177 ft)|
|13||Metro Hotel, Ballymun||Dublin||Hotel||2005||15||52.1 m (171 ft)|
|14||Alto Vetro||Dublin||Residential||2008||16||51 m (167 ft)|
Tallest buildings by city
- Only includes cities with buildings taller than 50m
- Cities in light blue are in Northern Ireland
|Belfast||Obel Tower||85 m (279 ft)||28||2010|
|Dublin||Capital Dock||79 m (259 ft)||22||2018|
|Cork||The Elysian||71 m (233 ft)||17||2008|
|Limerick||Riverpoint||58.5 m (192 ft)||15||2008|
|City Quays 3||Belfast||Office||16||74.5 m [a]||Construction commenced in June 2019. The building was "topped out" in October 2021.|
|The Ewart||Belfast||Office||17||73 m[a][b]||"Topped out" in August 2021, and due for completion/opening in 2022.|
|Opera Center||Limerick||Mixed use||14||60m||Site clearance and enabling works began in November 2020|
|Sandyford Central, Block D||Dublin||Residential||17||57.1m||Construction commenced 12 April 2021|
|Ulster University Campus||Belfast||University||12||55.6 m||Construction halted from March to June 2018. Reportedly "topped out" before June 2020.|
- Building height is taken from elevation in planning documents, could vary slightly upon completion.[original research?]
- For Ewart, some sources are incorrectly stating the height of the lower roof (62m) when the building has another 3/4 habitable stories above it, this mistake can be easily made looking at the side elevation of the building in the documents.[original research?]
The below list contains details of buildings with a planned height of over 50m which were under construction but where the project was stopped or cancelled.
|U2 Tower||Dublin||Mixed-Use||36||130m||2008||Would have been tallest building in Ireland if completed. 3 basement floors were completed at the time of cessation of the project. The site was later used to house Capital Dock.|
|The Watchtower||Dublin||Hotel||40||120m||2013||Site was sold to Nama in 2013 and is now partially used as the site of the Exo Building.|
- List of tallest structures in Ireland
- List of tallest buildings and structures in Belfast
- List of tallest buildings and structures in Dublin
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Capital Dock is Ireland’s tallest residential building at 22 storeys
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Detached rectangular-plan seventeen-storey county hall, built 1968, [..] For many years it stood as the tallest building in Ireland at 67m
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The 14 storey, 129 bed Crowne Plaza Dundalk opened in September 2007
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