An ecclesiastical complex among the tussocks

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The title sums this one up! An ecclesiastical complex in the midst of tussocks of grass. Where, when, and what is it like now? I suspect that this is one that will be joining the “No longer standing” category?

+++ UPDATE +++
Thanks to Sharon Corbet's prodigious memory, it turns out that we've visited this location before. It's the Hevey Institute in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. But sure lookit, while it might have been less craic for all of you, it means that another one of our photographs is now Location Identifed rather than languishing in our catalogue as “Institutional building, nine bays wide, (three under pediment of central element) with central tower”. So that can't be bad...

Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: between ca. 1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_2178

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:13:43

    The church looks COI, so I don't think it's an ecclesiastical complex. I reckon it's an institution.

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    derangedlemur

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:15:23

    There's a better view in catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000565499 It's massive and beside a railway.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:16:53

    We've been here before: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/19575339031

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:24:35

    Here's an update Geohive version of the OSI 25" showing the railway line, the Hevey Institute, the palace and the church, in Mullingar.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:32:04

    Streetview showing the front of the building. The church has been replaced by the Cathedral of Christ the King (built in 1936).

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    cargeofg

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:32:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Just beat me to it Hevey Institute Mullingar. Demolished in early 1930s along with St Mary's to make way for Cathedral of Christ the King. Row of houses in Bishopsgate St also went. Christian brothers School now on the site also which fronts on to Collage St.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:38:18

    They could have mowed the lawn!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:45:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] If it was demolished then they rebuilt it exactly - see my streetview above.

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    cargeofg

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:53:52

    All the stone to construct the cathedral came by rail and was transported from the station to the site by a fleet of small trucks. The garage owner who I served my apprenticeship to in the 70s then worked in the Ford dealership Roe's in Patrick St. He told me they had to decoke the cylinder heads of the engines on a regular basis as they were only doing a short trip up and down Domnick St and Mary St and they also had a climb (loaded ) up from the station to the Green Bridge as well.

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    cargeofg

    • 29/Oct/2020 09:58:47

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Got me on that one I always knew it as just the older part of the Christian Brothers school.

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    RETRO STU

    • 29/Oct/2020 10:10:24

    It's Mullingar. The building on our left is the Heavey Institute and is still a CBS secondary school, the one in the centre of the cathedral's parochial house and still standing. The church on our right is the old cathedral which was demolished around the mid-1930's and replaced by the Christ the King Cathedral that is there now.

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    suckindeesel

    • 29/Oct/2020 13:34:56

    The Hevey Institute (1858) www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/15310..., "The Hevey Institute was established as a result of the benevolence of local brewer and landowner James Hevey who left his lands at Bryanstown, Ballinea "to support and educate in literature, science and theology, such poor children as they should select in the parish of Mullingar, and for that purpose to build and keep in repair a schoolhouse". However, his wished don't appear to have been exactly followed, as initially at least, they operated a two-tier system of education with the "cream" prepared for Maynooth" "The school first opened its doors on the 20th of October 1856......it consisted of a Collegiate or Classical School and a General School. In the former, boys were grounded in Latin and Greek to prepare for entry to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the latter catered for the ‘poor children resident in the parish of Mullingar’ in the care of the Christian Brothers. By the 1860’s, there were already 400 pupils in attendance and, in time, the Classical School gave way to the General School" www.cbsmullingar.ie/history The Bishop's Palace now the Cathedral House (1873) www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/15310... archiseek.com/2015/1873-bishops-palace-mullingar-co-westm... and St. Mary's Church replaced by a cathedral. The railway line to Sligo, in a companion photo, dates to 1855. So, 1873 onwards.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 29/Oct/2020 16:22:16

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I was only half-joking about the rebuilding - where I live has a new "Old Town" most of which being built in the very ancient era of 2018.

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    cargeofg

    • 30/Oct/2020 08:19:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I grew up beside it in Greville St (Oliver Plunkett St now) An it is only now that I know The Hevey Institute history. As regards Old Towns, Swindon in Wiltshire has an Old Town at the top of the hill .The "New Town" grew up around Brunel's GWR works. Now it is like LegoLand with the development west to Wotton Bassett in the 80s/ 90s and in the 00s north towards Cricklade.