Adventures beyond The Pale

So last weekend having been inspired by a book published by NIAH (National Inventory of Architectural Heritage), we set off on a mini architectural adventure to my home county of Monaghan, . We started at this stunning little corrugated steel Gothic church in the town of Laragh which in the 19th century was a local centre of the flax milling industry. The church was built in 1891 by the Mill owning McKean family, and was reportedly brought to Laragh by the mill owner and his wife from Switzerland where they had discovered and fallen in love with it while on honeymoon. The structure which stands atop a landscaped alpine inspired outcrop, is a stunning combination of finely crafted Gothic detailing in wood glass and cast iron and standard industrial grade corrugated steel (or wriggly tin as my darling wife calls it). Just a beautiful little building in a humble material made glorious with addition of carefully considered detailing. Lovely

 Cast Iron Gothic air vents. 

Cast Iron Gothic air vents. 

 Gothic Iron mongery

Gothic Iron mongery