1863 – St. Aiden’s Church, Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan

Architect: William Hague



This church designed by local architect William Hague, and is one of his most important early works. It was built on land donated by the local landlord, the Earl of Lanesborough. Hague’s father who has a construction company carried out the construction which took over three years. It was dedicated on 14 June 1863. The total cost was £1,400. In the early 1870s the church received a set of stained glass windows courtesy of a local man who emigrated to New York and made his fortune. The design was praised by contemporaries, including the influential Dublin Builder, for its novel use of contrasted materials, which ‘thus compensate for the lack of ornament which the funds would not afford.’