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St Malachy’s Church Belfast

Religious Building in Northern Ireland – design by Consarc Conservation

21 May 2010

St Malachy’s Church, Belfast

Design: Consarc Conservation

RIBA Award winner 2010

St Malachy’s is a delightful early Victorian church characterised by its robust brick exterior with toy – Gothic turrets, and an elaborately plastered interior which has been formed around a very unusual, but intimate congregational organisation on two levels.

St Malachy's Church

The recent restoration has brought out the richness of the original painted colour scheme as well as restoring mosaics damaged by post-war interventions and brickwork that had suffered through years of weathering.

A number of interventions, discreetly executed to meet modern requirements: disabled access, improved heating and appropriate artificial lighting, do not detract from the original character, but rather add important comfort and amenity for the benefit of the congregation.  They also draw attention to the beauty and humanity of the original building.

St Malachy’s Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland images / information from Consarc Conservation, Architects

The Church was designed by Thomas Jackson of Waterford and it is in the ecclesiastical style of the Tudor period. It is cruciform in shape, 113 feet wide, 52 feet wide and 40 feet high. The original High Altar, Pulpit and Altar Rails were of Irish Oak however they were replaced with marble when the Church was renovated in 1926.

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