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Pat McAuliffe’s Listowel
10th July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Getting Stuck-In with Stucco: Pat McAuliffe’s Listowel is a free seminar exploring the unique stuccowork of Listowel born Pat McAuliffe.
Listowel has a unique range of buildings marking it as one of the best Irish towns in terms of rich architectural tapestry including the 15th century Fitzmaurice Castle, the Georgian Square, and the attractive vernacular Victorian streetscapes. Of particular renown are its delightful shopfronts, many of which provide the canvas for the Celtic-Revival style stuccowork of Pat McAuliffe (1846-1921). Pat was a local self-taught craftsman who has left a most extraordinary legacy and whose work has been described as a “unique contribution to Irish decorative art” not only in Listowel, but in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick.
Join a diverse range of speakers for a free seminar – Pat McAuliffe’s Listowel – to explore this rich tradition of craftsmanship, distinctive vernacular style and an enduring architectural legacy. You will have an opportunity to engage in workshop discussions following the seminar which we hope will open possibilities for the promotion of this architectural heritage.
- Learn about Pat McAuliffe’s work and why it is important
- Receive practical advice on best conservation practice
- Enjoy a view of Listowel through the lens
- Get advice from a Conservation Architect
- Get tips on how to apply for conservation grants
In a career as a plasterer and builder Pat McAuliffe applied exterior plaster, or stucco, upon shopfronts and townhouse facades in the Mid-West region. From the 1870s onwards he began to develop an ambitious and often exuberant style, using a broad range of elements culled from the vocabulary of classical architecture and ornament while exploring an eclectic mix of art nouveau, Celtic and Byzantine influences. Local writer Bryan MacMahon, in typically poetic fashion, described McAuliffe:
‘In retrospect I see him quite clearly, great and black-bearded, his dark eyes alive under a cream-coloured straw hat. He came of an old-established family in the town. As a young man, Pat McAuliffe had in him a restless, imaginative streak that left him dissatisfied with the chores of plastering in an average Irish country town.
After a span of run-of-the-mill work, he began, without any formal training in art, to experiment in casting in concrete in his little yard. These experiments gave him a new sense of power. Subsequently, when engaged to plaster the front of a house, he demanded a free hand with the design or else refused to execute the work.’
From ‘The Stuccowork of Pat McAuliffe of Listowel’ by Sean Lynch