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Saint Kevin's Catholic Church, Glencree, County Wicklow
16400204
View of front façade
Reg. No.16400204
Date1850 - 1870
Previous NameN/A
TownlandAURORA
CountyCounty Wicklow
Coordinates314164, 217914
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Semi-detached five-bay single-storey gable-ended Gothic style Roman Catholic church, built c.1860 as the chapel for a reformatory school. The building is basically rectangular in plan but with transepts, chancel (with vestry), a small porch to the front (east), and a slightly larger one to the north. A rubble-built gate screen abuts the front gable. The walls are of squared granite with reducing buttress string courses, dripstones and eaves brackets. The pitched roofs of the nave and almost all of the various projections are slated and have granite parapets with cross finials, with a bellcote to the nave. The entrance consists of a recessed timber pointed arch door with bevelled reveal. The windows have pointed arch heads, with granite 'Y' tracery and stained glass to most. The church has a single cell interior with walls of bare rubble and plaster, a vaulted plaster ceiling with moulded ribs, and a floor with encaustic tiles to the aisle. The bench pews are plain late 20th-century examples and unadorned stone columns separate the nave and the transepts. The church is set at the north end of a large complex which originally served as a barracks (1806-58) and then a reformatory school (1858-1940), but which was converted to a Reconciliation Centre in 1972.

Appraisal

Simple largely unadorned Gothic style Roman Catholic church of c.1860 with equally simple unfussy interior. This church is a solid well preserved example of its type and has an certain rarity value in that it was built as a chapel for a reformatory school.
 
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