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27 March 2009

1769 – St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas St., Dublin

Architect: John Smyth Originally built in 1185, the church was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by John Smyth (or Smith). Maurice Craig maintained that St. Catherine’s has “the finest...

27 March 2009

1809 – Nelson’s Pillar, O’Connell St., Dublin

Architect: William Wilkins Predating London’s Nelson Column by almost 30 years, Nelson’s Pillar was a 36.8m tall column with a 3.9m tall statue by Thomas Kirk in Portland Stone at the top. At...

27 March 2009

Croke Park up against pumphouse for architects’ Gold Medal

A school in Co Galway, civic offices in Co Meath and Co Offaly, a library in north Dublin, two university buildings and a pumphouse in Clontarf are competing with Croke Park for the...

26 March 2009

Celtic Tiger era earned some architectural stripes

So what have we got to show for all the money we had – and spent – during the boom? The construction industry was in overdrive for a decade, churning out several hundred...

25 March 2009

Landmark Dublin church converted to offices

When conservation architect James O’Connor first entered St George’s Church in Hardwicke Place, Dublin, at the beginning of his restoration project it felt as if he had stumbled into the aftermath of a...

24 March 2009

Room for optimism as hotel developer bets on Belfast

Opening a new five-star hotel in the middle of an economic downturn takes more than a sliver of courage. Combine this with the fact that the five-star hotel in question is located in...

24 March 2009

Work set to start on Galway’s €4m arthouse cinema

Galway City Council’s planned “cultural quarter” has taken a step forward with confirmation that construction is due to start shortly on a €4 million arthouse cinema. The 350-seat cinema is being developed on...

23 March 2009

1807 – Issercleran, Craughwell, Co. Galway

Architect: Richard Morrison Issercleran or St.Clerans was the home of the Burke family who built the house c.1784, and was extended and remodeled by Morrison circa 1807. Formerly the home of film director...

23 March 2009

Decision due on €850m plan for Cork docklands

A decision on the largest planning application ever lodged in Cork city will be made this week. Howard Holdings are looking for permission for an €850m development in the docklands that would include...