We are Recess(ing) again! to Finny, Co. Mayo

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We were in Recess last week on an Imperial visit and today we are gone all Republican with Mr. O'Dea. This church and car look rather dated but both have welcoming open doors. The design of the church is rather bizarre, a mix of neo somethingorother and Turkish Baths. Has it survived or did some kind soul put it out of it's misery?

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This church is not in Recess it is the church of the Immaculate Conception, Finny, Co. Mayo, well done to Bernard Healy for finding the location.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: September 1951

NLI Ref.: ODEA 5/42

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 31/Aug/2022 07:47:24

    ZC 3290 See - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303592

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2022 07:52:29

    I know this area reasonably well, there is a church (painted blue now) that looks a lot like this one, but it is hard to believe they are one and the same? Have a look here from www.geograph.ie/photo/971889

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2022 08:20:00

    Of the church in Recess: NIAH says it dates from 1925. The DIA says "repairs" 1948. Maybe it burned down? EDIT: no, different church, see below.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 31/Aug/2022 08:24:03

    It’s the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Finny, Co. Mayo Church of the Immaculate Conception maps.app.goo.gl/EmbNBDMEDG9R8ysW8?g_st=ic

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Aug/2022 08:27:54

    It’s almost as if he were following the route of the old Clifden line that day

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    Bernard Healy

    • 31/Aug/2022 08:29:17

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] NIAH mentions interior & exterior changes after Vatican II www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/31312...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 31/Aug/2022 08:31:33

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankcawley/ will be here quite soon ... Edit 5 hours later - because he has this great 2021 photo of the church with alterations - https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankcawley/51232743294/

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:05:43

    Did the car belong to Muriel ? - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000303430

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    O Mac

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:11:09

    The Morris 8 reg was ZC3290

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:12:16

    ZC 1 to ZC 9999 (Mar 1937 – Jan 1940) Dublin City

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:17:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy That makes more sence, well done. Mary

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:20:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy the same architect must have been involved with both churches.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 31/Aug/2022 09:32:10

    Morris 8 (1938 Series II, with 'Easiclean' wheels) via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10594292813/] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Eight#Morris_Eight_series_II

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2022 10:43:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] This church is 20Km+ from the old railway route...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2022 10:56:16

    There are 21 O'Dea shots in the catalogue from Mayo in September 1951, Achill, Westport.

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Aug/2022 13:05:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Although he did visit a couple of old station that day

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Aug/2022 13:20:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Not far out “ a Latin American-flavoured monolith evoking strong comparisons with the contemporary Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (1922), Recess, County Galway,”

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Aug/2022 16:34:03

    It wouldn’t look out of place in a spaghetti western, just add a couple cacti

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2022 18:26:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Very good.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 31/Aug/2022 21:28:47

    🌵 Buenas iglesias antiguas🌵

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    suckindeesel

    • 31/Aug/2022 21:48:28

    Típico de la localidad.✝️

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    Bernard Healy

    • 02/Sep/2022 16:33:18

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I've managed to find out who it was! I went looking in Mayo/Galway local newspapers to find out more about both churches & turned up a piece in the July 25th 1925 Connacht Tribune about Teampall Padhraig (St Patrick's Church, in Recess). It says that the church is near St Patrick's Bed in Maam Ean, the furthest South in Ireland that St Patrick is said to have come. (This will be news to the people of Limerick who say that he came to Patrickswell & Knockpatrick.) Anyway, the church in Recess was begun in 1920, but work was abandoned over the winter due to the Black & Tans. It was resumed with the Truce on 11th July 1921. We are told that the style is "Irish Romanesque" (!!!) and the architect was Mr E O'Maille BE. The paper also notes that "the design is entirely original" that travellers between Galway & Clifden "cannot but be struck by the church." Fundraising was the responsability of Fr P Donnellan CC. I found much less information on the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Finny, the subject of our picture. However, a court report from 5 November 1921 reports that Padraic O'Maille TD brought a claim at the Galway Quarter Sessions for £6,000 arising from the destruction of his house and contents on the previous 22nd April by Crown Forces. Joining him in the action was Professor Tomas O'Maille who claimed for £300 in respect of manuscripts and personal belongings and Eamon O'Maille for personal belongings, drawings and calculations, etc... (Eamon and Tomas were brothers to Padraic.) Giving evidence, Eamon said that he lived with his brother and that amongst the drawings and plans destroyed were those for Killerin, Leenane, Recess and other chapels. He added that he also had to draw news plans for Finny Church. I've had a look at Killerin church & Leenane church and neither of them remotely resemble Finny or Recess, so I'm not sure that O'Maille designed them. Possibly he was involved in repairs or maintanance for them, or he has architectural proposals that were never taken up. I came across a list of the churches that Archbishop Gilmartin of Tuam dedicated during his episcopate. St Patrick's in Recess was dedicated on June 12th 1923; Finny on May 18th 1924. I'm afraid that none of the other churches on the list seem to have been designed by O'Maille and can find nothing on the internet about his architectural career. Birth Cert for Edward O'Malley: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/cert_... Death aged 73 in Sandymount, Dublin, a widowed engineer: civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/death... He & Padraig are mentioned in this BMH Document: www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/bu...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Sep/2022 08:44:07

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Thanks Bernard, much appreciated. Mary

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    Sunny Harry

    • 04/Sep/2022 18:55:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You beat me to it....

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    ag0623279

    • 30/Oct/2022 00:50:27

    I love this image because it is just an amazingly beautiful picture of a Catholic Church.