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@Brendan Grimes wrote:

All the Gilbert lectures are published by Dublin City Public Libraries. Commodius Temples will be published in January 2011.

Excellent . .Very much looking forward to reading Commodius Temples Brendan, the best of luck with it & Welcome to the thread.

@Brendan Grimes wrote:

I am almost certain that the mortuary chapel you mention was designed by Patrick Byrne, but I have done no work on this. Patrick Byrne was architect to the Dublin Cemeteries Committee so it is likely that some (at least) of the monuments in Goldenbridge & Glasnevin are by him.

It appears you may be correct with your assertion about Patrick Byrne designing that mortuary chapel in Goldenbridge Cemetery. . Well, again according to the DOIA

Date: 1835p
Nature: Mortuary chapel (above crypt built in 1835).
Refs: Information from David Griffin, 2010.

And that is sort of backed up by this piece on Glasnevin.

Although the first cemetery was opened on 15 October 1829 in Goldenbridge in Dublin, it was from this movement and in this climate that Prospect Cemetery, Glasnevin was founded in 1832.

The first architect of the cemetery was Patrick Byrne (1783-1864). Chosen because of his associations with the Catholic Committee and patronised by the Catholic clergy, he later became well known for the design of St. Paul’s Church in Arran Quay, St. Audeon’s in High Street, the Church of the Three Patrons in Rathgar and several other churches in the city environs and surrounding counties. Patrick Byrne designed the layout of the grounds and the enclosing walls with their many watchtowers, a necessary requirement because of the high incidence of body snatching at this period. Cuban bloodhounds patrolled the cemetery as an additional precaution. The original entrance was located in Prospect Square, where Byrne designed the beautiful neoclassical entrance gate, the cemetery office and the Sexton’s residence. He was responsible for the first ecclesiastical building in the grounds, a temple of neoclassical design which he later adapted to become the first mortuary chapel. This building was situated in an area of the cemetery known as the Old Chapel Circle which contains the grave where Patrick Byrne was interred in 1864. James Joseph McCarthy RHA (1817-1882), a follower of Augustus Pugin, designed the present day entrance gates and offices on the Finglas Road and also the Mortuary Chapel.

Confused :confused: I am. .I wasn’t until that last part where J.J McCarthy is brought into the equation . .However on another page on the same site it explains the confusion.

The mortuary chapel in Glasnevin Cemetery was designed by James Joseph McCarthy RHA (1817-1882), an admirer and follower of Augustus Pugin. It replaced an earlier chapel built in 1842 which had been designed by the original architect of the cemetery Patrick Byrne (1783-1864).

The present chapel is Hiberno-Romanesque in style, a symbol of the new Catholic Ireland of the late nineteenth century. The chapel comprises a nave, sanctuary, two transepts and a sacristy. The west porch or main entrance is entered through three arches. The interior walls are of Bath stone, covered by an arched wooden ceiling. The windows are of stained glass executed by Messrs. Clayton and Bell of Regent Street in London. They depict the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension and the Last Judgement. A further three windows depict Jesus raising to life the daughter of Jairus, the widow’s son of Naim and Lazarus. The altar, the work of Mr P. Neal of Great Brunswick Street is made of Caen stone and black marble. The brass communion rails which are supported on elaborate wrought iron panels were made by J. McLoughlin of Cuffe Street. The floor area is covered in Minton’s encaustic tiles. All the fixed carving within the chapel was executed by the well known firm of James Pearse and sons, Great Brunswick Street.

Both Portland stone and Wicklow granite were used in the exterior walls, which were elaborately carved and moulded with arches, shafts and sculptured heads. A round tower attached to the north side of the nave serves as a belfry. Welsh slates, laid in bands of varied colours cover the roof. The architects J. J. McCarthy and Patrick Byrne are both interred in Glasnevin as is the stonemason James Pearse.

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