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James McQuillan
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Hardly ‘perfectio’, a word I never used, but an architectural entity that has the consumate meaning for our culture, in all its depth and complexity, something that all other candidates are somewhat lacking, in varying degrees.

Why is it that most modern commentators on Irish architecture seem incapable of thinking about anything before the eighteenth century. It is our earlier architecture that is truly unique and representative, while Ireland did not share in the Renaissance, and consequently most of what followed was highly derivative, and certainly feeble stuff.

I am looking for the ‘unique’ in form and place, not weak copies of commonplaces done better abroad.

James McQuillan

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