1865 – High Altar of St Alphonsus Liguori, Limerick

Architect: George Goldie


High altar and reredos, designed by George Goldie, in church previously constructed to the designs of Philip Hardwick.

“This sumptuous piece of ecclesiastical work is now in course of erection in the abovenamed church. The materials are Caen stone and Irish marbles, with a new feature, in the shape of panels of gilt and enamelled copper and brass work, and bosses of crystal in metal settings. The six angels are fine works from the workshop of Mr. Boulton, the well-known sculptor, of Worcester : they bear the emblematical types of the Passion of our Lord, and are life-size. The general execution of the work has been entrusted to Mr. Earp, who is fully sustaining his reputation. The central canopy rises to a height of 37 ft., which will give some idea of the scale of the whole design. Messrs. Peard & Jackson have skilfully realised the architect’s designs, as regards the metallic enrichments just now mentioned. Mr. Scannell, of Cork, supplied the marble shafts. The cost of the work fixed is 800. This is the gift of one generous individual, who, not content with such a work of personal devotion and liberality, has also presented a communion-rail of marble, metal, and carved stone work, also in course of execution, and, we believe, proposes to carry out other works. The whole undertaking is in the hands of Mr, Goldie, as the architect.” The Builder, September 16 1865.

Published February 2, 2015 | Last Updated February 29, 2024