Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Postby Sulpice » Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:50 pm

ake wrote:The organ in the Rotunda Hospital chapel;
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Anyone know when it dates from?


Judging by the pipe stencilling and case design plus the lack of upper casework, I'd say that organ dates from between 1870 and 1890.
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Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Postby Fearg » Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:40 pm

Sulpice wrote:This organ was originally Telford c.1860 and was reduced from 4 to 3 manuals in the 1950s by Evans and Barr. In the 80s the incumbent organist began attempts to enlarge it to 5 manuals! (console still in gallery). The organ is pretty much unplayable and has very little of its original pipework left. Of particular interest though is the full length Open Wood Diapason in the pedal. It is the only full length 32 foot pedal stop in a catholic church organ on the island of Ireland. Dublin's Pro-Cathedral has a pedal 32 foot, but it is not full length (for organ nerds out there, it's haskelled)


Thanks Sulpice,
Very interesting situation - would I be correct in assuming that it was an amateur attempt to enlarge? Although there is plenty of room in the gallery, 5 man would be stretching it somewhat, Such a sad situation, that church sersiously deserves an imposing instrument.
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Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Postby Fearg » Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:55 pm

Sulpice wrote:This organ actually has three manuals (although still lacks the "big stuff" vital to fill a huge cathedral). It was originally Telford and contained in what I believe was a handsome case. In the 70's the Irish Organ Company divided it and made some tonal alterations leaving in the state it now appears...

Note what the 70s cathedral "renovations" did to the interior of what was once a masterpiece of Pugin's work.


My bad - got the 2 man from a spec I found on the net. Here is a short clip of the Killarney organ from Youtube (showing the 3 mans ;-) ):

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5WexxMY5F7Q
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Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Postby Fearg » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:46 pm

Photos found on Flickr which contain some images of the 5 manual console at St Saviours and the sorry state of the gallery organ and case:

http://flickr.com/photos/feargal/3017033608/in/set-72157613601594868/
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Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals

Postby Fearg » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:20 pm

The original 1873 Telford organ in St Eugene's Cathedral Derry. Photo must date from pre 1902 when the present gallery was constructed. (Compare this to one of the posts in the first page of this thread).

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