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County Cavan

 
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Cavan Town Hall
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Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim
Masonic Lodges
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Thatched Houses
 
 
Cavan Town Hall, Town Hall Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan

Cavan Town Hall

One of the most engaging and original buildings of the early twentieth century found anywhere in Ireland is the town hall in Cavan, a masterpiece by William Alphonsus Scott, inspired by the arts and crafts ideals of the influential English designer William Morris. The movement advocated a return to traditional values and prized the informal virtues of individual creativity and the methods of the craftsman over the rigid mundaneness that was gradually being imposed on design by mass-production. Scott absorbed many of these ideas, and in this work did so by fusing traditonal methods with innovative design that continues to reference ideas from the past. View Buildings

Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Farnham Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan

Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim

The prolific architectural firm of W.H. Byrne & Son's approach to the value of historicism is made clear in its commisions for the Catholic Church. The key figure in the practice was Ralph Byrne whose erudition and command of architectural vocabulary were displayed in three major cathedrals of the 1930s, designed for Mullingar, Athlone and Cavan. The Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim was the last of these, built on an elevated site with a soaring steeple, and possessing a degree of stately magnificence that was rarely displayed in twentieth-century buildings in Ireland. Its great Corinthian portico employs the architecture of Rome to invest the building with great religious and civic power. View Buildings

Bailieborough Lodge No.796, Market Square, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Masonic Lodges

A number of Masonic lodges are to be found in Cavan, indicating that Freemasonry was relatively popular in the county during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and remains so today. The Masonic symbols of the square and the compass serve as a reminder of the origins of the society in stonemasons' guilds. The quality of these buildings' finishes, including iron-work, stonework and carpentry, is appropriate for masons' lodges and is testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the local workers involved in their construction. These buildings are an important part of the county's built and social heritage. View Buildings

Rose Cottage, Co. Cavan

Thatched Houses

Thatch represent ed the most prevalent type of roofing before the nineteenth century. The choice of material varied in each localilty, determined either by plants that were available naturally such as water reed, sedge and heather, or from crops, which, depending on agricultural practices, ranged from oat or wheat straw to flax. Throughout the county the basic walling materials were provided by the glacial deposition which created the drumlin landscape in the first place. This offered an abundance of freely available stone and clay, which could be extracted from the ground with relative ease for building stones, mortars and renders. Though the nature of materials and traditions employed in vernacular buildings can limit the range of architectural potential, individual structures are still capable of displaying great variety. View Buildings

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