Original Drawing Award Winner
Winner: St Patrick's Parish Church, Drumbeg, County Down by Clifford McClenaghan.
St Patrick’s largely dates from 1870 when it was constructed to the designs of Sir Thomas Drew (1838-1910) with an Early English gothic nave, deep transepts and a shallow, polygonal, decorated apsidal chancel.
Architectural Conservation Award Winner
Winner: Riverstown House, Kildangan, County Kildare
Conservation consultant: Lotts Architecture & Urbanism
Description of project: Riverstown House is located on the eastern bank of the River Barrow near Monasterevin, County Kildare and comprises a nine-bay two-storey farmhouse, built c.1740 as the service block of a larger house that no longer stands. Having stood empty for some time, its refurbishment commenced in 2017 with roof works involving structural repairs to eighteenth-century trusses, re-slating all slopes, and returning chimney stacks to their historic form. Window repairs were undertaken from 2018-20 and in the following year the external render to the entire exterior was renewed in a lime wet dash. From 2019-22 refurbishment works were undertaken that saw the provision of a contemporary extension to the rear.
The Gate of Justice, Dublin Castle, Dublin City
Conservation consultant: Office of Public Works
The Gate of Justice is the main entrance to Dublin and features a large archway on Cork Hill, designed by the then Surveyor General of Ireland, Sir Arthur Jones Neville, and completed in 1753. It is one of a pair of such archways and as is topped with a statue of Justice thus acquiring its name. The archway is constructed with a rubble stone interior, faced with Wicklow granite with curved broken pediments and flanking brick side walls, and is complete with large cast iron gate leaves. Investigative works commenced in June 2018 and scaffold erected in January 2019 with stone works starting soon afterwards. It was completed August 2021.
Honan Chapel, University College Cork
Conservation consultant & contractors: FMP Architects & Costello Masonry
The Honan Chapel is a small Roman Catholic chapel, situated within the grounds of University College Cork, and was built for Isabella Honan, benefactor, in 1915 and consecrated in 1916. The chapel is one of Ireland’s most important examples of Hiberno-Romanesque, Celtic revival buildings and is also home to an important collection of furniture, stained glass, mosaic work, plate and textiles. Through a Conservation Plan led programme, external works included masonry conservation, minor repairs to roof slating, the conservation of rainwater goods and the careful conservation and repair of the original stained-glass windows designed by An Tur Gloine and Harry Clarke. Internally, works included lime plaster repairs, restoration of existing paint schemes, and the conservation of mosaic floors and of pews.
Gunpowder Stores, Donaghadee, County Down
Conservation consultant: Alistair Coey Architects
Standing on an Anglo-Norman motte, the Gunpowder Stores dominates the skyline of Donaghadee and comprise a square-planned entrance block and square-planned main block mounted by a circular tower with both blocks connected by an antechamber. Having been unused for some time and consequently fallen into disrepair, the building became the focus of a Townscape Heritage Initiative and has been restored with a publicly accessible camera obscura bringing community value to the building.
Countess Dunraven Fountain, Adare, Co. Limerick
Conservation consultant: Architectural Conservation Professionals
This freestanding carved limestone monument fountain was erected by Caroline Countess of Dunraven in 1855. It was designed by Charles Hardwick with the lettering and carving to the base of the cross of particular note. In recent years the structure began to deteriorate while its setting was compromised with shrubbery, steel railings and fractured concrete. The local community supported by Limerick City and County Council led the restoration of the fountain which included its careful dismantlement, repair and reinstatement and also the reactivation of the water supply.
The Irish Georgian Society wishes to thank John Paul Construction for sponsoring the 2022 Awards and for committing to do so for a period of years to come.