Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and builder, of Wexford. Richard Pierce, brother of the Wexford ironmaster James Pierce, was born in about 1801 possibly in Kilmore, Co. Wexford.(1) He was clerk of works to AUGUSTUS WELBY NORTHMORE PUGIN AUGUSTUS WELBY NORTHMORE PUGIN , whose works in Ireland he supervised from the late 1830s onwards. He was also an architect on his own account and was responsible for the churches of the Immaculate Conception and of the Assumption in Wexford town, begun in 1851. The churches were built to an identical design on the insistence of the Bishop of Ferns, in order 'to prevent jealousy and unpleasant comparisons amongst the town people'.(2) Pierce, who did not live to see their completion, died at Tenacre, Kilmore, aged only fifty-three on 31 July 1854(3) and was buried in the graveyard at Tomhaggard, Co. Wexford. He had married Ann (or Mary Ann) Kelly on 5 February 1833. The eldest of their six children, RICHARD PIERCE [2]  RICHARD PIERCE [2] was born two years before the marriage.(4)

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accunted for is from Roderick O'Donnell, 'The Pugins in Ireland' in Paul Atterbury, ed., A.W.N. Pugin: Master of the Gothic Revival (1995), 143-144,151-2,156n24,158n73, and the article by Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' with a genealogical appendix by Celestine Rafferty in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 75-102 (a revised version of this article appears  in Michael McCarthy & Karina O'Neill, eds., Studies in the Gothic Revival (Dublin, 2008), 159-179).

(1)
Information from Conor O'Brien, Annacurra, Co. Wicklow.
(2)
B 16, 27 Mar 1858, 214.
(3)
The full inscription on his grave is given in Brian J. Cantwell, 'Memorials of the Dead' V, 344 (Eneclann CD-ROM II); Hilary Murphy, 'Richard Pierce - our distinguished architect', Kilmore Parish Journal (1984), 22.
(4)
According to Rita Curtis, 'St Fintan's Church' in Taghmon Historical Society I (1996), 14 (http://homepage.eircom.net/~taghmon/histsoc/vol1/14rita/14rita.htm), the builder of Taghmon church, Bonaventure Pierce (1828ca-1910), was also Richard Pierce's son; if so, he would have been born some five years before Richard Pierce married Ann Kelly.


8 work entries listed in chronological order for PIERCE, RICHARD [1]


Sort by date | Sort alphabetically


Building: CO. WEXFORD, BUNCLODY, CHURCH (RC, OLD)
Date: 1825-26
Nature: Built by RP. (His name inscr. on gable wall behind altar.)
Refs: Hilary Murphy, 'Richard Pierce - our distinguished architect', Kilmore Parish Journal (1984), 23; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 77-78.

Building: CO. WEXFORD, KILMYSHALL, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1830s
Nature: Tradition in area that churches of Castledockrell & Kilmyshall were built by RP.
Refs: Hilary Murphy, 'Richard Pierce - our ditinguished architect', Kilmore Parish Journal (1984), 23; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 78-79;  Churches of the Diocese of Ferns (Booklink, 2004). 45.

Building: CO. WEXFORD, CASTLEDOCKRELL, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1830s
Nature: New 5-bay hall church. Tradition in area that churches of Castledockrell & Kilmyshall were built by RP.
Refs: Hilary Murphy, 'Richard Pierce - our ditinguished architect', Kilmore Parish Journal (1984), 23; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 78-79;  Churches of the Diocese of Ferns (Booklink, 2004), 100(illus.)

Building: CO. WEXFORD, WEXFORD, SUMMERHILL ROAD, ST PETER'S COLLEGE
Date: 1832-1837
Nature: Collegiate wing designed by RP for college president, John Sinnott. Only partly completed in 1837.
Refs: Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' , Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 79-81 (illus.)

Building: CO. WEXFORD, WEXFORD, SCHOOL STREET, FRANCISCAN FRIARY
Date: 1833p
Nature: RP signs various documents re building of same, from 1833.
Refs: 'Franciscan Coll C106' (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc.2008/44)

Building: CO. MAYO, BALLINROBE, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1851
Nature: New church (replacing one consecrated 3 Sep 1837? - see Catholic Directory (1838), 432). FS laid Sep 1851. Left unfinished until after RP's death, then completed by W.G. Murray.
Refs: B 9, 20 Sep 1851, 600; DB 1, 1 Jun 1859, 75; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 86-87

Building: CO. WEXFORD, WEXFORD, BRIDE STREET, CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION (RC)
Date: 1851-1858
Nature: One of 'twin' churches in Wexford (see also Church of Immac. Conception, Rose St). FS laid 27 Jun 1851. First mass celebrated, 18 Apr 1858. Dedicated, 11 Sep 1859. Consecrated 9 Sep 1860. J.J. McCarthy architect after RP's death. Ceiling painting: Earley, Dublin. Contractor: Willis.
Refs: B 9, 3 May 1851, 281; 10, 21 Feb 1852, 123; 18, 29 Sep,13 Oct 1860, 628,662; 16, 27 Mar 1858, 712; DB 2, 1 Oct 1860, 352; A Centenary record of [Wexford] town churches (1958), 82,86,100,129; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 87-90;  Churches of the Diocese of Ferns (Booklink, 2004), 137(illus.).

Building: CO. WEXFORD, WEXFORD, ROWE STREET, CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (RC)
Date: 1851-1858
Nature: One of 'twin' churches in Wexford (see also Church of the Assumption, Bride St). 1st mass said 18 Apr 1858. Consecrated 9 Sep 1860. J.J. McCarthy architect after RP's death. Builder: Thomas Willis. E window & 3 others by Hardman & Co. Altars: Lane. Wall painting by Earley, Dublin.
Refs: B 9, 3 May 1851, 281; 10, 21 Feb 1852, 123; 15, 10 Oct 1857, 584; 16, 27 Mar,23 Oct 1858, 214,712; 18, 13 Oct 1860, 662; DB 2, 1 Oct 1860, 352; A Centenary record of [Wexford] town churches (1958), 82,86,100,129; Barry O'Leary, 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' in Journal of the Wexford Historical Society No. 20 (2004-2005), 87-90(illus.)

Author Title Date Details
Murphy, Hilary 'Richard Pierce - our distinguished architect' 1984 Kilmore Parish Journal (1984), 22.
O'leary, Barry 'Richard Pierce: Architect and Acolyte of the Gothic Revival' 2005 Journal of the Wexford Historical Society 20 (2004-2005), 75-102.