SAINT PATRICK’S CHURCH AND HALL IN GALWAY
Don’t worry, I am not becoming religious but here in Ireland there are so many churches that it is impossible not to photograph them.
As it is not mentioned in any tourist guides or listings I found the modern St. Patrick’s church by accident. During my last visit in 2015 I did notice the old church but as the gates were locked I could not gain access and was therefore unaware that there was a new modern church beside it. This time I noticed a small narrow lane off Eyre Square [St. Patrick’s Avenue] and at the end of the lane I discovered an open gateway which provide access the church grounds and then I discovered that there were two buildings. There is also a third entrance at Foster street.
This time I paid two visits to the church in order to experiment with two different lenses. For this the second visit I used a Voigtlander 15mm ultra-wide-angle lens
. The other lens was a Zeiss Batis 25mm
The original church was built in 1842 but later modified making it less ornate. More recently This former church has been modified to provide two floors of accommodation for its present use as a hall, a change of use which continues a social and community function. The ashlar limestone front elevation to this simple structure displays finely detailed Gothic Revival features and gives it an imposing presence. The high quality of carved and cut-stone details in the various elevations and window and door openings adds interest to the building.