Re: Re: Organ Cases In Irish Churches and Cathedrals
This organ was originally Telford c.1860 and was reduced from 4 to 3 manuals in the 1950s by Evans and Barr. In the 80s the incumbent organist began attempts to enlarge it to 5 manuals! (console still in gallery). The organ is pretty much unplayable and has very little of its original pipework left. Of particular interest though is the full length Open Wood Diapason in the pedal. It is the only full length 32 foot pedal stop in a catholic church organ on the island of Ireland. Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral has a pedal 32 foot, but it is not full length (for organ nerds out there, it’s haskelled)
Very interesting situation – would I be correct in assuming that it was an amateur attempt to enlarge? Although there is plenty of room in the gallery, 5 man would be stretching it somewhat, Such a sad situation, that church sersiously deserves an imposing instrument.