Day two of our architectural road trip followed on from Day one with a visit to another Liam McCormick church called Our Lady of Lordes in Steelstown. It’s amazing how each of McCormicks churches vary so much in materials, form, and spatial quality. Compared to the four churches we visited on day one, this one was completely different again.
The interior is dominated by the heavy wooden mass of the angled roof, seemingly floating above your head. In a completely different sense to the church in Cresslough, Our Lady of Lourdes resists celebrating any exterior views, and disconnects itself from the outside, with the only windows lining the base of the walls.
The ark made by Noah is brought to mind. Whilst sitting inside the church, any sense of the houses, road, or people outside, are forgotten. The pitched roof, wooden cladding, and dim lighting create a very incubated and inward looking atmosphere.
After the visit to Our Lady of Lordes, the rest of the day was filled with the drive down to Dublin, with a quick stop at the airport to look at de Paor architects cafe inside Terminal 2, a walk around Temple Bar, and an early night in before the antics of Day three began.