Re: Re: Brother Michael Augustine O’Riordan

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Here is another picture of the St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreest, Co. Cork whose architect is regrarded to have been Brother Michael Augustine O’Riordan.

The church underwent heavy rebuilding and re-modelling during the 1930s but the architect involved did succeed in conserving something of the neo-classical ethos of the original church.

There was probably likely to have been a serliana altar piece here which is partially conserved in the rebuilding, with a large window opened in the sanctuary wall. A new High Altar was installed at this point.

While the ceiling rises directly from the corinthian columns, it is difficult to say say if this reproduces the original arrangement.

Unfortunately, the church is about to be gutted to plands drawn up and exhibited in it by Eamonn Hedderman of Blackrock, Co. Dublin – another member of the Art and Architecture Commission of the Irish Episcopal Conference.

Notably, the guff displayed in the church by Mr Hedderman claims that the architect of the building is unknown and seem unaware of any connection with Brothetr Michael Augustine O’Riordan. The same guff claims that the columned arcades in the church were inserted in th 1930s and are based on St. Mary’s in Mallow. This left Praxiteles with the feeling that Mr Heddreman knows little or nothing about a series of early 19th century churches scattered throughout certain parts of county Cork. Mr Hedderman’s failure to mention Br. O’Riordan takes no account of anything having been done positively and definitively to excluded the possibility that both churches were connected with the same original architect: Brother O’Riordan. Indeed, the entire “restoration” scheme in Millstreet seems to stand on very flimsy historical research and the usual mendacious approach to the implementation of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Perhaps someone out there might like to apprise the Cork County heritage officer of this little matters so that something of Cork’s vernacular neo-classical churches might survive into the future.

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