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1875 – Bank of Ireland, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

Architect: O’Neill & Byrne

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Formerly the Hibernian Bank – the Bank of Ireland is a good example of the bank’s campaign to attract catholic wealth in the late 19th century. This was done by ‘churchifying’ their external appearance. A good example of the Hiberno-Romanesque style by O’Neill & Byrne Architects, the bank is carefully sited with the entrance on the curve of the site underneath a corbelled balcony. A good banking hall survives although with modern fittings. The building benefits from being attractively sited beside the Dawson Monument and across Church Square from the Courthouse and St Patrick’s Church of Ireland.