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@Praxiteles wrote:

Does anyone know anything about what is currently going on at the Cathedral of the the Immaculate Conception and St. Nathy in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon? There were proposal for the wreckage of its interior but I have heard of their being put into operation.

some news on this… Mr Eamon Hedderman who you might remember from such projects as Holy Family Parish in North Belfast, Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church in Kerry & St. Senan’s Church, Kilrush has been appointed chief wreckitect with work due to commence early in the new year. They have mood boards set up within the cathedral showing the proposals, interestingly enough he is making some effort with the sanctuary wall which seems to show Gothic revival decoration & new encaustic type tiles for the main aisle but the raised altar & seating arrangement are the usual disappointing inappropriate nonsense.

The original commission to build the Cathedral went to the English architectural firm of Weightman, Hadfield and Goldie in 1855.

It is thought that Hadfield was probably the main architect involved in this commission; he corresponded with Augustus Welby Pugin in 1849-50, and Pugin, as the designer of Enniscorthy Cathedral and Killarney Cathedral, would have had knowledge of the Irish architectural scene.

The nave has seven bays with clerestory and lean-to-aisles. The aisled chancel is short, and its roof is lower than that of the nave. There are small transepts or sacristies leading off the north and south sites of the chancel. The south transept roof has a small bell-tower.

The impression on entering it is that of a lofty interior of the Late Middle Ages. The nave, with timbered ceiling, has lower side-aisles, also timber-roofed, and a tall arch leading to the chancel. The arch is flanked by paintings of The Annunciation and the diocesan patron, St Nathy, executed by Michael Gallagher in 1989, while the chancel roof depicts angels bearing verses from the Benedicite.

The Cathedral is example of a minimalist approach to “reordering” that has succeeded in conserving much of the original fabric and fittings of the building. In the Early English idiom, a plan for a fan-vaulted ceiling had to be abandoned because of lack of funds. The external tower and spire are by W.H. Byrne. There are (and were) no choir stalls.

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