Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches

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Rather interestingly John Hardman of Birmingham mounted a very inteesting exhibition of some aspects of the Company`s activities at a liturgical conference held over the weekend at Fota Island in Cork. Among the exhibits was a cartoon for some of the glass installed in Cobh Cathedral by the company, examples of brass ware cast both in England and Ireland and of brass ware cast and assembled in Ireland and England, silver ware and some speciments from what appears to be an enormous archive which, if Praxiteles is not mistaken, should be an important primary source for any research into many churches built in Ireland in the 19 and 20th century.

The conference also featured and exhibition by the ecclesiastical painters and decorators Hodkinson`s of Limerick showing original paint and stencil schemes for 19 century churches as well as photiographic documentation of restoration work currently being is being undertaken by the firm. This company too has an invaluable archive which sheds a very clear and refreshing light on how 19 and 20 xcentury churches were decorated and painted. Examples of schemes availableincluded St Patrick`s Fermoy, Immaculate Conception, Ballyhooley, and Waterford cathedral for which some very elegant grotesques in the style of Raphael were done.

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