1880 – Presentation Convent, Youghal, Co. Cork

Architect: Architect: George C. Ashlin


Home of the famous Youghal Lace, the Convent Lace School was opened in 1852 by Mother Mary Ann Smith of the Presentation Convent and the world-famous Youghal Lace was made here. The convent has closed and until recently was a Spanish school called Youghal International College – the original buildings were refurbished and adapted for its new purpose in 1992.

The convent chapel designed by AWN Pugin’s son-in-law, the Cork-born architect George Coppinger Ashlin (1837-1921), as part of the convent complex. The chapel is typical of churches of its type and time, with features such as the round-headed windows, a bellcote, and steeply-pitched roofs and gables. The attached former convent, built at the same time, is a ten-bay, three-storey block with advanced end bays, a gable-fronted, single-bay, single-storey porch at the front elevation and a six-stage, square-profile tower at the north.

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