Re: Re: reordering and destruction of irish cathedrals – St Colmans Cathedral, Cobh

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GrahamH
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Thanks for all the pictures Praxiteles – partiicularly Longford, what a gem of a building. Those columns are magnificent!
How disturbing to see all of these reorderings in black and white – whatever about the removal of architecturally significant features, but to then install bathroom showrooms as liturgical and architectural focal points of these splendid buildings is nothing short of criminal.

Another by Duff, and whilst not (quite :)) a cathedral, and not as opulent as others featured, St. Patrick’s in Dundalk has had the most horrendous rubbish thrown up in the sanctuary. I don’t remember what was here before the ‘changes’, but in its place has been put what can only be described as an altar table from Homebase fronted by an 8×4 sheet of MDF with laser cut gothick arches, bright verdigris paint and backlit with a florescent tube:

Luckily the worst of it is concealed here beneath the altar cloth. It beggars belief when you see it up close – looks like a cartoon plonked into the ‘real world’.

Also the throne looks like it was a nicked from a 1980s country house hotel, whilst the timber lecturn with ‘feature panel’ is equally inappropriate in an exclusively marble environment.

On the upside, I believe St. Patrick’s also has mosaics by Oppenheimer, just not sure which particular ones.
I dread to think what was there before the timber-n-carpet conference stage was introduced 🙁

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