1892 – St. Joseph’s Redemptorist Monastery, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Architect: G.C. Ashlin



Built in two phases, the monastery 1879-1880, and the church 1890-1892, both designed by G.C. Ashlin and finished in Newry granite. It by James McAdorey, a Belfast man who had settled in Dundalk. The contract was for £15,000.00. It is an austere building externally but the church interior is more elaborate.


The chapel was described in The Irish Builder: “WITH this issue we give a view of the chancel of the above fine church, the foundation of which was laid on the 1st of June, 1890, by His Grace the Primate. We gave a full description of the building in our number of 15th June, 1890, a portion of which we repeat. In length the church is 135 ft. by 56 ft. in width (interior measurement), and 60 ft. high from floor to ridge of roof, to correspond with present buildings. Facing east to Windmill-road is the main entrance.

The façade, of a very ornate character, contains over the entrance door a pair of large windows, having between them a niche for a statue, crowned by a rose window. The entrance door is semicircular-arched, with mouldings of Portland stone, and in the centre, dividing the doorway, a pillar of polished granite. At the north-east corner, next entrance, there will be a tower, which when completed will be 125 ft. in height to top of cross. In the side of this tower will be another door giving entrance to the aisle.

The church is lighted by five windows at each side, with ten windows in the clear story, exclusive of those in the chancel. The interior is divided by eight pillars of polished Aberdeen granite into a nave and two aisles each 14 ft. wide by 36 ft. high), the entire of which is seated. Over the entrance there is a gallery, access to which is by stairs in the tower. The entire will afford accommodation to 1,200 persons. The flooring is of wood blocks—pine, oak, and walnut-laid in patterns; and the roof is panelled in pine.

The furnishing throughout is of pitch pine. The chancel measures 40 ft. from the back to the altar rails with side chapels. It is floored with mosaic tiles; the altar steps and altar are of Sicilian marble. The church will be heated by hot water. Mr. G. C. Ashlin, R.H.A., Trinity Chambers, is the architect; Mr. J. McAdorey, Dundalk, the contractor.” The Irish Builder, October 1 1891.

“Redemptorist Mission-house, Dundalk.-On Sunday last a house and temporary chapel for the Redemptorist Fathers was opened in Dundalk. The building will occupy three sides of a quadrangle, one side being formed by the church; at present it is only L-shaped, with a tower in the angle, in which is the principal staircase. The completed edifice will have a tower and spire rising to about 120 feet at the juncture of the church with the monastery. The side of the building is 130 feet long by 80 feet broad. It is four storeys high, and from the ground-floor to the ridge the height is 65 feet. The tower is 105 feet high. The ground-floor consists of temporary chapel and reception-rooms, and the first, second, and third floors of cells, oratories, &c. It is built of Newry granite, with partly granite dressings and partly white firebrick, wrought in broken ashlar. The walls are built hollow, lined with brick. The corridors and all the bathrooms are tiled ; the sculleries, dairies, &c., are lined with enamelled brick. All the exposed woodwork is pitch pine varnished. The plastering is finished plain, with Keen’s cement mouldings. The building has been designed by Mr. G. C. Ashlin. The contractor was Mr. James McAdorey, of Dundalk. Part of the boundary wall was built by Mr. Clarke, Dundalk. The contract for the erection of the mission-house amounts to about 15,000.” The Architect, September 3 1881.

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