County Kerry: James Joseph McCarthy 1817-1882

The building of Killarney Cathedral, 1842-1855, 21400802 by the English architect A.W.N.Pugin brought the spirit of 'true' gothic to Kerry. J.J.McCarthy was his leading Irish disciple and the most important mid 19th century Catholic church architect in the country. He completed over fifty religious commissions for churches, convents, monasteries and cathedrals, throughout the country. There are several notable examples of his work in the county.

Saint Michael The Archangel's Catholic Church, AGHANAGRAN MIDDLE, Ballylongford, County Kerry

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Freestanding seven-bay single- and double-height Hiberno Romanesque style Roman Catholic church, begun 1871, designed by J.J. Mc Carthy. Comprising seven-bay double-height nave with six-bay single-storey lean-to aisles to north and to south elevations, single-bay two-stage truncated tower to north-west, rose window to east gable end, three-bay single-storey chapel to south-west and single-bay full-height bowed apse…


Saint Michael's Catholic Church, MONUMENT, Lixnaw, County Kerry

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Freestanding ten-bay single- and double-height Romanesque style Roman Catholic church, dated 1865, designed by J.J. McCarthy. Comprising ten-bay double-height nave with ten-bay single-storey lean-to aisles to north and to south elevations, single-bay single-storey sacristy to south elevation, rose window over entrance bay to west gable end and single-bay single-stage engaged circular turret to south-west corner…


Saint Brendan's Catholic Church and Presbytery, ARDFERT, Ardfert, County Kerry

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Freestanding six-bay single- and double-height early-English Gothic Revival style Roman Catholic church, dated 1855, designed by J.J. McCarthy. Comprising five-bay double-height nave with six-bay single-storey lean-to aisles to north and to south elevations, single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porch to south elevation, single-bay three-stage tower to south-west corner on a square plan having hexagonal broach spire,…


Saint Vincent's Catholic Church, CAHERQUIN, Ballyferriter East, County Kerry

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Freestanding single- and double-height Roman Catholic church, built c. 1865, designed by J.J. McCarthy. Comprising seven-bay double-height nave, seven-bay single-storey lean-to aisles to north-west and to south-east elevations, single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porch to north corner, single-bay double-height chancel to north-east gable end, single-bay single-storey sacristy projection to south corner and entrance bay to south-west…


Saint Gertrude's Catholic Church, KILLAHANE, Fieries, County Kerry

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Freestanding single- and double-height Gothic Revival Roman Catholic church, built c. 1860, designed by J.J. Mc Carthy. Comprising seven-bay double-height nave, seven-bay single-storey lean-to aisles to north-west and to south-east elevations with single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porches to north-west elevations, three-bay single-storey sacristy wing to south-east elevation, single-bay full-height bowed apse to north-east gable end,…


Saint Agatha's Catholic Church, RUSHEENMORE, Glenflesk, County Kerry

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Freestanding double-height Gothic Revival style Roman Catholic church, built c. 1860, designed by J.J. Mc Carthy. Comprising five-bay double-height nave, single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porch to south elevation, six-bay single-storey lean-to aisle to north elevation, single-bay two-stage truncated tower to north-west corner on a square plan and single-bay double-height lower chancel to east gable end.…


Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Cathedral Place, Port Road, INCH (MA. BY.) KILLARNEY URBAN ED, Killarney, County Kerry

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Freestanding cruciform-plan double- and triple-height early-English Gothic Revival style Roman Catholic cathedral, built 1842-1855, designed by A.W.N. Pugin and later extended by Ashlin & Coleman. Comprising twelve-bay triple-height nave with, twelve-bay double-height lean-to aisles to north and to south elevations, single-bay double-height projecting chapels to north-west and to south-west, single-bay triple-height transepts to north and…


Franciscan Friary/Church of the Holy Trinity, Fair Hill, MOYEIGHTRAGH, Killarney, County Kerry

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Detached nine-bay two- and three-storey Gothic Revival style friary with dormer attic, built 1867, on a quadrangular plan about a cloister. Designed by J.J. McCarthy. Comprising four-bay two-storey central block, single-bay two-storey gabled flanking bay with dormer attic to right and three-bay three-storey gabled advanced entrance end bay with dormer attic to left. Ten-bay three-storey…