Survey Data

Reg No

14815011


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social


Original Use

Convent/nunnery


In Use As

Convent/nunnery


Date

1880 - 1890


Coordinates

218340, 214059


Date Recorded

17/09/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Detached eight-bay two-storey convent, built c.1885, with advanced gabled end bays, and return and extensions to rear. Set within its own grounds. Hipped slate roof with rendered and yellow brick chimneystacks. Modillions to timber eaves course. Pebbledash render to walls with smooth plinth, limestone string course and quoins to corners. Segmental-headed window openings with moulded brick surrounds, replacement aluminum windows and tooled limestone sills. Pointed-arched block-and-start ashlar limestone door surround with brick arch above, enclosing limestone panel with stained glass quatrefoil above square-headed timber panelled door. Concrete step to door with tooled limestone threshold. Cast-iron bootscraper. Walled orchard and ornamental garden to rear. Front site bounded by smooth-rendered wall with coping and cast- and wrought-iron gates.

Appraisal

Located on the main street of Kilcormac, this once busy convent played a significant social role in the town. Its exterior is well designed and attractive with fine decoration. The highly decorative carved limestone entrance with stained glass quatrefoil is of artistic note and indicates the high level of craftsmanship.