ST CANICE’S R.C. CHURCH – NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE CHURCH OF IRELAND CATHEDRAL
When I visited this church early in May 2017 I did not get much opportunity to take photographs as there was a very large funeral taking place. It was my intention to revisit the next day but because of poor weather I did not return until August 2018 and then I had other problems. This visit I had planned to photograph the interior but because of a fall I got distracted.
This is described as a fine substantial church built by Reverend Jacob Gorman forming an appealing landmark terminating the vista from Dean Street. The scale and the fine detailing throughout represents a quality rarely seen in churches predating Catholic Emancipation (1829), thereby indicating the religious tolerance in Kilkenny together with the relative prosperity of the local congregation: however, some supplementary ornamentation may have been introduced as part of improvement works carried out in the early twentieth century to designs prepared by William Henry Byrne (1844-1917).
Fine cut-limestone dressings exhibiting expert stone masonry enhance the architectural design value of the composition while decorative plasterwork accents to the interior space exhibiting high quality craftsmanship distinguish the artistic significance of the site: delicate stained glass panels, fine timber joinery, and so on further embellish the church although some alterations carried out following the Second Vatican Council (1963-5) have not had a beneficial impact on the visual quality of the site.
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