Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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Prax: Splendid work as ever on the old interiors of Irish cathedrals; some of them can be crirticised for being ‘fussy’ (or trying to cram in too much), but there is an inherent dignity and quality there. Interesting that Tuam had decent-looking choirstalls, now junked; part of the problem is that ‘administrators’ (sic) and probably some bishops see them as simply big parish churches, subject to the vagaries of fashion.
I’ve just come back from Belfast (on a very brief visit) and admired the very decent refurb job on St Malachy’s (which included junking the ‘Lourdes Grotto’ in the vestibule). Also stuck my head in St George’s – quiet dignity personified (unlike the militarised St Anne’s Cathedral). Administrators could learn much by talking to their equivalent Anglican deans!