Right and Correct: Seven Donegal Churches of Liam McCormick
Lecture by Carole Pollard MRIAI
The Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast, at 7pm
Members £8.00/Non-Members £10.00
Includes a glass of wine.
Liam McCormick won many architectural prizes and awards in his lifetime and also received a papal knighthood and an honorary doctorate. The Royal Society of Ulster Architects named their most prestigious prize for him. McCormick's greatest legacy is his body of work, and the Donegal churches are the most significant part of that legacy. They form an important part of Donegal’s cultural, architectural and artistic heritage, particularly articulating a rich and rewarding twentieth century heritage. McCormick lavished care and attention on every aspect of his churches often stating that churches were the most important buildings in the community, not because of their religious importance, but because they were often the only real architecture that people experienced. McCormick remained rooted to the principle that the churches he designed would be 'right and correct' for the community for whom they were built.
Carole Pollard MRIAI is president of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. She has published widely on McCormick including Liam McCormick. Seven Donegal Churches (Gandon, 2011) and will address some of the difficulties that McCormick's Donegal churches have faced in the past 50 years and how they will respond to the challenges that lie ahead.