The demolition of the MacDermott Tower heralds a new era for Ballymun in Dublin.
The tower, one of seven in Ballymun built between 1966 and 1969 by Dublin Corporation and named to commemorate Seán MacDermott one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, was fifteen storeys high and originally contained ninety flats.
It was reduced to 8,500 tons of rubble when sixty kilos of explosives were detonated as locals looked on. One boy in particular enjoyed the experience,
It was deadly because all the lightening and it just banged, I got a shock.
The demolition of the tower heralds a new era for Ballymun, says Ciarán Murray from Ballymun Regeneration,
The tower coming down in 5 seconds demonstrated how quickly things are changing.
Six blocks of flats in Ballymun have already been demolished with special equipment. MacDermott Tower was the only one suitable for this explosion as there are no new buildings nearby.
Some of the families who used to live in the tower turned up to have a look. One lady who spoke to RTÉ News came to claim a small piece of the rubble, as she had a special connection to the tower,
My son is 33 years of age and he was actually born in the lift.
A hotel will be built on this site which is due to be finished by the end of next year. The last of Ballymun’s tower blocks will be demolished in 2009.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 March 2005. The reporter is Orla O’Donnell.