OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHURCH – ACCESS VIA ENNIS ROAD OR NORTH CIRCULAR ROAD LIMERICK
This session did not go well the camera had overheated after about eight hours constant usage and I had problems with lens flare.
I photographed this location just before sunset and could not decide if the building was painted black or dark brown. Having viewed the 2017 photographs I have concluded that it was black back then. Also, I had a look using Google Maps and it had a purple tint and the images were not great.
I first came across this church by accident in 2017 and never had to opportunity to revisit until April 2022.
At first sight I would not have expected this to be a Roman Catholic church but immediately I discovered that it was named Our Lady Of The Rosary there was no doubt.
The second half of the twentieth century saw a break with the historicist approach to church architecture in Ireland. Our Lady of the Rosary’s design is a good example of such a break with tradition, with a bold use of materials that contrasts and yet maintains an Italianate inspired design. The church was designed by Frank Corr and Liam McCormick and the builders were P. Molloy & Sons. Its was innovative in the use of materials as it was decided in 1950 to erect a structure that could be built quickly and, if necessary, dismantled and re-erected to fit in with the shape of the expanding population in the parish. This church and its contents occupy a significant place in the history of Irish ecclesiastical art.
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