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Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Gurteen, Tipperary North
22400501
Front of building.
Reg. No.22400501
Date1980 - 1985
Previous NameN/A
TownlandGURTEEN (DORRHA PR)
CountyTipperary North
Coordinates198281, 207403
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Detached circular-plan church, built 1984, with part-glazed, part-masonry exterior and having two glazed entrance porches concentric to parts of circumferance, with verandahs to other parts and with semi-circular sacristy. Conical artificial slate roof with overhanging eaves and conical spire with slated base, glazed middle and sheet metal upper section with cross finial. Pebble dash render to masonry walls. Timber framed windows and timber and glazed entrance doors. Three-bay two-storey presbytery to north related to previous early-nineteenth century church has hipped slate roof with lean-to rear extension and replacement aluminium windows.

Appraisal

Designed by Anthony and Barbara O' Neill Architects this late twentieth-century building forms a prominent landmark in the small village of Gurteen which otherwise features traditional building styles. The glazing in the walls and spire of the church fills the building with light and contemporary artworks and sculpture adorn the interior. The church's marble altar incorporates a thirteenth century altar table transferred from the old church of Dorrha, Graigue.
 
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