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In the early 1950's the concept of a roof like this on a church in rural Ireland would have been quite the subject of discussion. The opinions would have been mixed no doubt with pro's and con's but as it is well on the way in this O'Dea image the argument has been won! I wonder what it looks like now?
I hope you all got over the travails of Halloween? If you've become a Zombie or Vampire we look forward with interest to your contributions from that different point of view;-D

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: September 25th 19564

NLI Ref.: ODEA 40/62

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    O Mac

    • 01/Nov/2022 08:42:17

    I think that should be 1964.

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    suckindeesel

    • 01/Nov/2022 08:42:22

    St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, now the public library

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 01/Nov/2022 08:45:35

    Flickr is sometimes on the other side of St Dominic's. In 2009 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/feargal/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/feargal/3765929956/ "A roof structure for a hanger or the like in which first and second roof sections having the shapes of parts of respective first and second hyperbolic paraboloids, having common base lines are joined along a line lying on the locus of an arch common to the two paraboloids to form a roof having openings of predetermined height between spaced roof supports. Reinforcing girders around the edges of the roof are formed with triangular cross sections made up of hyperbolic paraboloid surfaces joined by vertical edges.

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    suckindeesel

    • 01/Nov/2022 08:50:08

    Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/i8bxgP #googleearth

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 01/Nov/2022 08:58:02

    25 September 1964 was a Friday ... Mr O'Dea went up on to the roof - catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=church+roof+Athy+...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Nov/2022 09:09:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Changed to 1964

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 01/Nov/2022 09:41:17

    Mr O'Dea returned in April 1965 and went inside the completed church - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307226

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Nov/2022 10:03:14

    Streetview. Nothing in the DIA today, but the NIAH has this article.

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    suckindeesel

    • 01/Nov/2022 17:53:29

    I remember using the old library and wondered where it had got to on a recent Athy visit. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306176 appears to be taken, in true O’Dea fashion, from what is now a disused railway bridge over the river. This is all that is left of the former branch to Wolfhill colliery. This branch line was built by the United Kingdom government in 1918 to alleviate wartime coal shortages in Ireland. It later served the now closed Tegral (Asbestos Cement) factory.

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 01/Nov/2022 22:08:40

    There is/was a similarly shaped building in Reno, Nevada, with a glass front, used as a planetarium.

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Nov/2022 08:23:46

    I couldn't find much discussion of the building when it was built, just - "one of the most striking modern churches in Europe" (New Ross Standard - Saturday 12 June 1965) - "one of the most modern churches in Ireland" (Belfast Telegraph -Wednesday 24 March 1965) - "startling new church" (New Ross Standard - Saturday 03 July 1965) - "I was amazed at the number of people going to visit that splendid church in Athy. On one Sunday evening more than 1,000 came to see it. If we put up a significant building for a useful function and of aesthetic value, it will uplift the whole town." (New Ross Standard yet again - Saturday 25 September 1965 ) I was expecting to find at least a token opinion against the design from Disgusted of (e.g.) New Ross, but I found nothing but admiration for it.

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Nov/2022 08:35:00

    I knew it reminded me of something flic.kr/p/2gxkJxz

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    doravelasquezosorio

    • 02/Nov/2022 11:30:28

    Me encanta

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    john durrant

    • 02/Nov/2022 13:36:05

    Buildings like this always give me thoughts about the size of architects egos.

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    dermotjk

    • 06/Nov/2022 21:42:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ the Tegral factory remains in operation but it no longer manufactures cement. Its main product is roof tiles

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    suckindeesel

    • 06/Nov/2022 21:49:24

    Just as well, I can remember the run off flowing into a nearby stream. It was completely white in colour, no prizes for guessing what that was