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Cooney Architects Christmas party in Belfast

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Cooney Architects had a Christmas party last weekend in Belfast. Great fun had by all.

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Páirc Tailteann Public Consultation

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Páirc Tailteann public consultation of proposed development  took place on November 29th. We got lots of useful feedbacks and comments from local residents.

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Cooney Architects enjoy the VR experience with Camille

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Cooney Architects enjoy having a wonderful introduction of VR by Camille Donegan from and we are thinking about using this in architecture realization.




Cooney Architects are the architects involved in the pre-tender design, tender design and construction stage of the I-Lofar Visitor Centre project

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Cooney Architects are the architects involved in the pre-tender design, tender design and construction stage of the i-Lofar Visitor Centre project. The i-Lofar telescope in Ireland complements the European i-Lofar system, connecting to The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Germany, England and Poland.

€2m radio telescope switched on in Offaly 

This article, Published in RTE Website Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 15:35


A new €2 million radio telescope has been officially turned on at Birr Castle in Co Offaly.

The Irish Low Frequency Array, or I-LOFAR, is part of a €150 million network of radio telescope stations spread across seven European countries.

The system will be used to study objects near and far away from Earth, including the Sun, black holes, magnetic fields, and the emergence of galaxies in the early Universe.

I-LOFAR is made up of 3,000 individual antennae and 55km of wires and cables spread out across an area the size of a football field.

It links into the international LOFAR network, which comprises thousands of antennae that record measurements at the lowest frequencies that can be observed from the Earth.

Together it makes up the largest virtual radio telescope dish in the world, with a diameter of 2,000km.

All of the 51 antenna stations across the network connect back via high-speed fibre optic cable to a central core in Exloo in the Netherlands.

The data is then combined and processed on a supercomputer in Groningen in the north of the country.

€1.4 million of the funding for the project came from Science Foundation Ireland, with the balance coming from a variety of sources including businessmen Joe Hogan, Dermot Desmond and Denis O’Brien, as well as local donors and fundraisers in the Birr area.

Open eir has also provided the high-speed fibre optic link for the project.


The annual membership fee for LOFAR will be funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The station was opened this morning by Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan.

The LOFAR network was designed and built by ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Thirty-eight of the antenna stations are in the Netherlands, six in Germany, three in Poland and one each in France, England, Sweden and Ireland.

I-LOFAR will be run by a consortium of Irish astrophysicists, computer engineers and data scientists, representing Irish universities and institutes of technologies from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.


The consortium is led by Trinity College Dublin, with partners from University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Athlone Institute of Technology, the National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.

The new telescope is located at Birr Castle which has a long history in astronomy.

In 1845, the 3rd Earl of Rosse built the 15-metre long Leviathan – the biggest optical telescope in the world at the time, which remained so for 75 years.


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Handover of First 5 houses in Poppintree

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We have been delighted to have been involved in the new cooperative housing scheme in Popintree, Dublin, working with the contractors O’Hanlon and Farrell (  There was a  ceremony to mark the handover of the first 5 houses at our Cooperative Affordable scheme in Poppintree, by Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance  on the 10th of July.

Minister Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government visited the site and the first new residents.

He met the home owners and visited one of houses and was introduced to the guests by the Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance Chairman, Trevor Keogh.IMG_0590 IMG_0589



Cooney Architects Features in the Irish Times

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Cooney Architects got Features in Irish Times!

Congratulations to all the excellent companies who made the shortlist and all the worthy winners on the night.
McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, RKD Architects, Reddy Architecture + Urbanism, Urban-Agency, Kennedy FitzGerald Architects & Avanti Architects,
TODD Architects, Cooney Architects, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects, Helena McElmeel Architects & Greentec Building, McCullough Mulvin Architects, dhbArchitects, John Halligan Architects & Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, Broadstone Architects, DMVF Architects, Dublin Institute of Technology.



Hill of Uisneach Visitor Centre Wins ‘Building of the Year – ‘Public’ at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017

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Eoin Ryan , Managing Director of The Galtee Group presenting the winner of the ‘Building of the Year – Public’ category at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards June 8th. Congratulations to the worthy recipient, Frank Cooney and his team at Cooney Architects for the ‘Hill of Uisneach Visitor Centre’ project.

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