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Newport: Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

With its boldly modelled form, conspicuous tower, and commanding position on a hilltop overlooking the town, it is no surprise that Saint Patrick's Catholic Church has earned the nickname "Newport Cathedral".  A masterwork by Rudolph Maximilian Butler (1872-1943) of Dublin, the church has been lauded as one of the finest examples of the Hiberno Romanesque in Ireland, a revival of an indigenous style of architecture dating from the tenth to the twelfth century.  The vaulted interior boasts the celebrated Last Judgement commissioned (1926) by Canon Michael McDonald PP (1866-1940) and paid for with his life insurance policy.  A final masterpiece by Harry Clarke (1889-1931) of Dublin, the window includes in the right-hand pane a self-portrait of the artist as an upturned green-skinned figure condemned to hell.

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