1860 – AXA Insurance, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Architect: William G. Murray


The former bank, constructed for the Belfast Banking Co., is built of limestone ashlar with an elaborate façade at street-level. The ground floor façade has paired polished granite columns with lush foliage capitals. Above this is an architrave and frieze for bank signage. The upper storeys are no less elaborate; the first floor windows are round-headed with fluted keystones with shells. The second floor windows also receive a sculptural treatment. The entire façade is topped of with a Lombardo-Romanesque cornice and fluted brackets. A fine building that stands out from its neighbours. The Belfast Banking Company sold its branches in the Republic of Ireland to The Royal Bak of Ireland in 1923.

Published January 7, 2010 | Last Updated June 13, 2024