Liam McCormick (1916–1991), whose centenary is October 24th, was one of the giants of Irish architecture. And of those giants, he might have been the most loved, not just by architects, but by the public, too, who in 1999 voted his incomparable church at Burt Irish Building of the Twentieth Century.
Séamus Heaney remarked of Liam that "he cut a broad swathe and left a rich harvest," which he did, in several fields, including politics, but it is as the father of modern Irish church architecture, who broke the mould of the steadfastly Hiberno-Gothic-Italianate and created something altogether different – something new, something modern – that he is revered.
Writing in 2008, John Tuomey claimed that “Among the thirty or so churches that make up McCormick’s lifelong project, three Donegal buildings stand out together to demonstrate his particular roughcast, resolute, lean and loving sensibility to site and community identity. A sustained line of progressive investigation culminates in the top-lit fort plan of Burt (1967), in the side-lit cave form of Creeslough (1971), in the soffit-lit barn section of Glenties (1974).”
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