A Fall from Grace


A detail of the ceiling in the former St Paul’s Church, Cork. The building dates from 1723 when on instructions of the corporation a new parish was created in this part of the city. Fitted out with now-lost gallery and box pews, the interior still boasts this ceiling. According to the Journal of Cork Historical And Archaeological Society (Vol. XLVIII, No. 167, 1943) the stuccowork is was believed to have been ‘the work of Italian prisoners taken during the Napoleonic Wars.’ The church remained in use for services until 1949/50 and thereafter served for some time as a factory. More recently, it has been turned into retail premises.

6 comments on “A Fall from Grace

  1. kevin holbrook says:

    Where abouts is this chucking Cork, thanks for the article

  2. Kriss K Galloway says:

    Thank you SO much for your posts, Robert. I have been following “The Irish Aesthete” from the U.S. for several months now, and can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed reading it. They are so interesting! Thank you, thank you!

  3. krissgalloway says:

    Thank you SO much, Robert, for your posts. I have been reading “The Irish Aesthete” from the U.S. for a number of months now, and I have enjoyed every one of them. Thank you, thank you, for this tremendous effort in preserving history!

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