North by Northwest: The life and work of Liam McCormick


Authors: O’Toole, Shane, Larmour.

The authors describe the works of Liam McCormick as ” some of the most important and memorable of the modern period in Ireland.”

McCormick embraced a wide variety of building types, from churches and schools to social housing and private dwellings. In particular, a series of impressive churches is testimony to his position as the most accomplished Irish architect of his generation as well as the leading patron of modern Irish church art.

This high quality book is packed with McCormick’s own collection of photographs of his buildings, along with other memorabilia such as private papers, correspondence and newspaper clippings. This offers the reader a rare insight into the life of one of the greatest Irish architects of the twentieth century.

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Dimensions: 25cm x 21cm x3cm

Published by Gandon Editions for the Irish Architecture Foundation and Irish Architectural Archive, 2008.

Format: Hardcover

William Henry Dunlevy McCormick 1916-1996 was born in Derry. He was responsible for designing¬† twenty-seven ecclesiastical buildings and numerous commercial and state buildings, including the iconic Met √Čireann building in Glasnevin, Dublin. In 1999 St Aengus’ church, Burt, County Donegal was voted Ireland’s “Building of the 20th century” in a readers’ poll organised by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Additionally, McCormick was awarded the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal.

McCormick retired in 1982, after which he completed a number of private commissions, including the house of his close friend and politician John Hume.


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