• Irish Gothic architecture: construction, decay and reinvention

The volume aims to reshape the study of Gothic architecture in Ireland, examining the way it was perceived and exploited not just in the Middle Ages but in later periods as well. The book will consider how Gothic was introduced into Ireland, the degree to which it can be interpreted as a colonial style and the ways in which it was regarded by Irish as opposed to Anglo-Norman patrons. Particular emphasis is given to the archdiocese of Cashel, since the archbishops of Cashel were consistently drawn from the Irish community.

In addition, this volume will consider the ways in which Gothic buildings were exploited in the aftermath of the Reformation, both in town and country. It will consider examples of conversion to secular use and explore cases of religious continuity and reuse. One chapter will explore the varied fortunes of medieval parish churches during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Focusing on the churches of the diocese of Ossory, it will consider the condition of churches c. 1600, the impact of the Cromwellian reconquest and the later context of the churches in the light of the minority nature of Church of Ireland congregations.

There will also be an examination of the ways in which architects and writers studied, interpreted and reinterpreted medieval Irish buildings—physically, through restoration or rebuilding, and conceptually, through the production of texts and drawings. It will consider these developments in an international context, and will explore their impact on subsequent legislation designed to protect and preserve Ireland’s architectural heritage.

In short, the volume is designed to demonstrate how the meaning and perception of Gothic monuments have changed and evolved over a period of 800 years and to inspire a greater interest in Irish Gothic architecture as a whole.

  • Introduction—Roger Stalley
  • Cathedral-building in thirteenth-century Ireland—Roger Stalley
  • The construction of Cashel Cathedral—Roger Stalley
  • Reconstructing Cashel—Rachel Moss
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: Irish monastic architecture c. 1540–1640—Rachel Moss
  • Ruin and reparation: medieval parish churches in seventeenth-century and early eighteenth-century Ossory—Olivia Horsfall Turner
  • Irish architects and the restoration of medieval buildings, 1835–1904—Niamh Nic Ghabhann

  • Roger Stalley is professor of the History of Art at TCD and author of the Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland
  • Dr Rachel Moss is currently serving as editor and chief author of volume I of the forthcoming Dictionary of Irish Art (Royal Irish Academy)
  • Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner was research assistant to the IRCHSS project 2008-9. She is now an architectural investigator for English Heritage
  • Niamh Nic Ghabhann is an IRCHSS postgraduate scholar. She has lectured extensively on issues concerning the perception of Gothic in 19th century Ireland, including a lecture to the RIA symposium of Sir William Wilde
Author Roger Stalley (editor)
Publication Data November 2012
Subjects Irish gothic architecture

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Irish Gothic architecture: construction, decay and reinvention

  • ISBN: 978-905569-70-0
  • Author(s): Roger Stalley (editor)
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