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Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Clare Street, Limerick, Limerick City
21514010
Front Elevation
Reg. No.21514010
Date1810 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
Townland
CountyLimerick City
Coordinates158764, 157282
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Freestanding T-plan gable-fronted stone Roman Catholic church, dated 1816, facing south with bell-cote and modern front wall railings. Pitched natural slate roofs with fleur-de-lis terracotta ridge comb tiles, c. 2004, stone coping to all four gables on stone kneelers surmounted by an iron crucifix. Front gable has a pitched ashlar limestone bellcote with pointed-arched opening and bell, also with iron crucifix. Replacement metal rainwater goods on stone eaves course. Tooled squared and snecked limestone walls and flush ashlar limestone quoins. Pointed-arched window openings with voussoirs and limestone sill, timber tracery windows with stained glass windows and weather glazing (two to each side of nave and one to each transept). Central window to front gable as per above with stone moulding. Below is an ogee-headed front entrance with a clustered carved limestone bull nose moulding surmounted to other side by pinnacles with replacement stone finials. Double-leaf timber tongued and grooved doors. Stone holy water fonts flanking door set into the wall. A pointed-arched door opening to south elevation of each transept with double-leaf tongue and groove timber doors and timber tracery overlight and a further stone to each. I Timber pews, marble alter furniture and an elaborate timber roof with groin vault.

Appraisal

A simple, but well-executed, example of a pre-Emancipation church that boasts being the first still in-use Catholic church in the city. With its good masonry and fine roof, this structure remains an important component of the streetscape. Generally well-maintained.
 
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