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15 May 2009

1335 – Church of Ottery St. Mary, Devon

Nikolaus Pevsner described the building as as “lying large and low like a tired beast”. It is 163 feet long, and the towers are 71 feet high. It was consecrated in 1260, at...

14 May 2009

Developer’s bid to turn embassy into offices fails

Developer Derek Quinlan has lost his High Court challenge to a planning condition stipulating a protected property on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road bought by him for €8.5 million may only be used as an...

13 May 2009

Arts Council announces recipient of Kevin Kieran Award

The Arts Council and the Office of Public Works are pleased to announce architect Orla Murphy of Simon J Kelly and Partners Architects, County Mayo as the winner of the Kevin Kieran Award...

13 May 2009

The wait is over

Crowds watching Dublin’s newest bridge make its journey along the Liffey erupted into applause as it squeezed through its final hurdle with only inches to spare. Dozens of engineers oversaw the massive operation...

11 May 2009

God, Oh We’re Waiting for Beckett

The Docklands Authority has welcomed the arrival of the main structure of the new Samuel Beckett Bridge which arrived in Dublin Port by sea from Rotterdam on Monday morning 11 May, 2009. Originally...

10 May 2009

Luxury hotels included in ‘significant buildings’ list

A string of luxury hotels, including the Castlemartyr Resort in Cork and Carton House in Kildare have been listed as “significant buildings”, allowing their owners to claim generous tax relief. Castle Leslie in...

09 May 2009

Planner who improved Belfast living conditions

Bob Strang, who has died aged 77 after a long illness, was an influential architect and town planner whose work over 40 years made a lasting impact in Northern Ireland. In particular he...

09 May 2009

Village people go green

I have little in common with Scarlett O’Hara, the feisty protagonist in Margaret Mitchell’s chick-lit-on-the-plantation tome, Gone With the Wind . Unlike me, Scarlett had a waistline with the circumference of a runner...

08 May 2009

Hackett Hall McKnight Architects win Meath competition

Meath County Council has announced that the winner of the Masterplan & Offices for Meath County Council & Navan Town Council Competition is Hackett Hall McKnight Architects. The open, two-stage architectural competition was...