Main Record - Tipperary North
|Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Palace Street, Borrisoleigh, Tipperary North
|Date||1890 - 1895|
|Categories of Special Interest||ARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL|
|In Use As||church/chapel|| |
Detached cruciform gable-fronted church, built 1892, with three-bay side elevations to nave, single-bay chancel, half-ocatgonal plan apse and having transepts with porches, vestry to south-east and modern flat-roofed extension to south-west. Pitched main roofs with patterned slates, tile ridge crestings and having cast-iron finials to east and west porches and cross finials to gables. Half-octagonal roof to apse. Elaborate carved ashlar limestone bellcote with sandstone dressings over entrance gable. Sandstone chimneystack with limestone base to vestry. Snecked rock-faced limestone walls with buttresses and limestone string courses and sandstone banding and with ashlar sandstone quoins, dressings and copings. Double lancet windows to nave and to entrance and transept gables, with ashlar limestone dressings in pointed openings, with alternating hammer-dressed and ashlar limestone voussoirs and limestone hood mouldings. Round windows to sides of transepts, rose window to entrance front, small trefoil windows to upper gables of front and transepts and square-headed mullioned windows to vestry. Stained glass windows throughout. Pointed order arch entrance having engaged marble columns with foliate capitals and ashlar limestone jambs, moulded alternating limestone and sandstone voussoirs to inner opening and with outer arch of carved and moulded framed by alternating hammer-dressed limestone and sandstone voussoirs. Timber panelled double doors. Richly-decorated interior with gilded work to chancel and apse with marble reredos and marble columns to transepts. Rock-faced limestone boundary wall to site.
Designed by W.G. Doolin, this church is enhanced by the survival of many original features and materials. The execution of the stonework is a particularly notable feature and was clearly the work of skilled craftsmen. Textural variation is created by the rock-faced stone, the ashlar limestone and sandstone, and the carved decorative detailing. Artistic interest is added to the building by the highly ornate interior and by the stained glass windows that were designed by Joshua Clarke.
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