26 November 2011

‘Rediscovering a Wexford–born stuccodore’s art’

The ‘Church of Ireland Notes’ on the Church of Ireland website today [26 November 2011] include the following paragraph:

Canon Patrick Comerford of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute is one of the principal contributors to the latest edition of the Journal of the Wexford Historical Society which was launched last week in the Greenacres Art Gallery in Wexford by Professor Kevin Whelan of the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin. Canon Comerford’s paper, ‘James Comerford (1817–1902): rediscovering a Wexford–born Victorian stuccodore’s art,’ looks at the work and career of his great–grandfather, James Comerford, who began his career working with the architects Richard Pierce, AWN Pugin and JJ McCarthy on their Wexford churches. After Pugin’s death, he moved from Wexford to Dublin, where his artistic and architectural work included the now–demolished ‘Irish House’ on the corner of Wintetavern Street and Wood Quay, below Christ Church Cathedral, and the Oarsman, a public house still standing in Ringsend.

An abbreviated version of this paragraph is included in the ‘Church of Ireland Notes’ in The Irish Times today.


Usemeplz said...

I was in Christ Church Cathedral, it's very thrilling church,I haven't known about new edition, thanks for post.

Patrick Comerford said...


Niall Foley said...

As a child I was always fascinated by the exterior of the Irish House. So when I acquired a manual 35mm camera I photographed it using Agfacolor slide film.

I took the photo at around 7.30 p.m. in late August 1966. At that time the building was still used as a pub and the doors were open.

At this time, Fenning's record / music shop had closed down but some families were still living over it.

An initial scan of my slide may be seen here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwikpix/6843681039/in/photostream

I don't think that there are very many colour photos of the building. My slide is fading so because of the importance of the artwork I am having my slide scanned and fully restored.

I also have some slides from 1967 of the crypt in Christ Church Cathedral.