List of tallest buildings in Ireland

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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,[1][2][3] with developments proposed for Cork,[4] Limerick,[5] Galway,[6] and Dublin.[7] 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).[8][9][10] The tallest storied building in the Republic of Ireland is Capital Dock in Dublin, at about 79 metres (259 ft).[11][12]

Tallest habitable buildings[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Rank Name Location Type Year
completed
Floors
(above ground)
Height Picture
1 Obel Tower Belfast Residential 2010 28 85 m (279 ft) [9][8][10] Obel Tower Belfast.png
2 Grand Central Hotel Belfast Hotel 1975 23 80 m (260 ft) The Grand Central Hotel, Belfast (Oct 2018).jpg
3 Belfast City Hospital Belfast Hospital 1986 15 76 m (249 ft) Belfast City Hospital - geograph.org.uk - 935081.jpg
4 Belfast Hilton Hotel Belfast Hotel 1998 16 63 m (207 ft) The "Hilton" hotel, Belfast (1) - geograph.org.uk - 1249088.jpg
5 BT Riverside Tower Belfast* Office 1998 14 62 m (203 ft) BT Riverside Tower, Belfast, April 2010 (01).JPG
6 Divis Tower Belfast Residential 1966 20 61 m (200 ft) Divis Tower, Belfast, May 2011 (02).JPG
7= Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Hospital 2012 12 57 m (187 ft) Royal Hospital Belfast 02.jpg
7= The Boat Belfast Residential, Office 2010 15 57 m (187 ft) The Boat, Belfast, April 2010 (06).JPG
9= Linium Square Belfast Office 2005 13 55 m (180 ft) Bedford Square 18.08.12 029.jpg
9= Causeway Tower Belfast Office 2004 13 55 m (180 ft) Causeway Tower 13.09.12.jpg
9= Great Northern Tower Belfast Office 1992 13 55 m (180 ft) Great Northern Mall, Great Victoria Street, Belfast - geograph.org.uk - 1593903.jpg
12 Belfast City Hall Belfast Government building 1906 N/A 53 m (174 ft) Belfast City Hall, October 2010 (02).JPG
13 Grainne House Belfast Residential 1968 17 52 m (171 ft) Grainne House, North Queen Street (cropped from geograph 6218032).jpg
14 Europa Hotel Belfast Hotel 1971 13 51 m (167 ft) Europa Hotel, Belfast 02.jpg
15 Lanyon Place Belfast Office 2014 12 50 m (160 ft) No 8 Lanyon Place, Belfast (14) - geograph.org.uk - 1716262.jpg

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Rank Name Location Type Year
completed
Floors
(above ground)
Height Picture
1 Capital Dock Dublin Mixed-use 2018 22[12] 79 m (259 ft)[13] Capital Dock, Dublin Docklands, June 2021.jpg
2 The Exo Building Dublin Office 2021 17[14] 73 m (240 ft) The Exo, Dublin Docklands, June 2021.jpg
3 The Elysian Cork Mixed-use 2008 17[15] 71 m (233 ft)[15][16] Elysian tower Cork.JPG
4= Google Docks Dublin Office 2010 15[17] 67 m (220 ft) Google Docks view from Barrow Street.jpg
4= Cork County Hall Cork Office 1968 17 67 m (220 ft)[18] CorkCountyHall2017.jpg
6 Millennium Tower Dublin Residential 1998 16 63 m (207 ft) Grand Canal Square - panoramio (5).jpg
7 Liberty Hall Dublin Office 1965 17 59.4 m (195 ft) LIBERTY HALL IN DUBLIN CITY CENTRE AND THE DUBLIN SPIRE( I HAVE NEVER LIKED THIS BUILDING BUT I DO LIKE THE SPIRE)-145862.jpg
8 One George's Quay Plaza Dublin Office 2002 13 59 m (194 ft) The Ulster Bank Group HQ, George's Quay Plaza - geograph.org.uk - 1743476.jpg
9 Riverpoint Limerick Mixed use 2008 15 58.5 m (192 ft) RiverPoint.JPG
10 Crowne Plaza Dundalk Hotel 2007 14[19] 58 m (190 ft) Crowne Plaza, Dundalk (geograph 3627499).jpg
11 Clayton Hotel Limerick Hotel 2002 17 57 m (187 ft) Clarion Hotel On Steamboat Quay.jpg
12 Boland's Quay Dublin Mixed use 2020 13 54 m (177 ft) Boland's Quay Construction Dublin 2020.jpg
13 Metro Hotel, Ballymun Dublin Hotel 2005 15[20] 52.1 m (171 ft)[21] Days Hotel, Ballymun - geograph.org.uk - 518821.jpg
14 Alto Vetro Dublin Residential 2008 16 51 m (167 ft) Alto Vetro.jpg

Tallest buildings by city[edit]

  • Only includes cities with buildings taller than 50m
  • Cities in light blue are in Northern Ireland
City Building Height Floor count Completed
Belfast Obel Tower 85 m (279 ft) 28 2010
Dublin Capital Dock 79 m (259 ft) 22[12] 2018
Cork The Elysian 71 m (233 ft) 17 2008
Limerick Riverpoint 58.5 m (192 ft) 15 2008

Under construction[edit]

Name Location Type Floors
(above ground)
Height Notes
City Quays 3 Belfast Office 16[22] 74.5 m [23][a] Construction commenced in June 2019.[24] The building was "topped out" in October 2021.[25]
The Ewart Belfast Office 17[26] 73 m[27][a][b] "Topped out" in August 2021, and due for completion/opening in 2022.[26]
Opera Center Limerick Mixed use 14[28] 60m Site clearance and enabling works began in November 2020[28]
Sandyford Central, Block D Dublin Residential 17[29] 57.1m[29] Construction commenced 12 April 2021[30][31]
Ulster University Campus Belfast University 12 55.6 m Construction halted from March to June 2018.[32][33] Reportedly "topped out" before June 2020.[34]
  1. ^ a b Building height is taken from elevation in planning documents, could vary slightly upon completion.[original research?]
  2. ^ 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?]

Cancelled[edit]

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.

Name Location Type Floors
(above ground)
Height Year cancelled Notes
U2 Tower Dublin Mixed-Use 36 130m[35] 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[36] 2013 Site was sold to Nama in 2013 and is now partially used as the site of the Exo Building.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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