Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architectural sculptor, of Cong, Co. Mayo, employed by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness in the restoration of St Mary's Abbey, Cong, circa 1862-3.(1)   According to his obituary in The Nation, Peter Foy, was entrusted by Guinness with 'the restoration of the ornamental work of the old Abbey of Cong, which he executed to his entire satisfaction'.  Foy, who was postmaster at Cong in his latter years, died on 30 December 1876 at the age of sixty-five, 'highly respected and a general favourite with all who knew him'.  He was buried on 2 January 1877.   His sons Patrick and Michael 'also acquired considerable proficiency in sculpture'.  Patrick appears to have been employed by Guinness at St Mary's Abbey circa 1875.(2)   Other stonecutters of this surname are recorded in Cong in the early twentieth century.


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Foy's obituary in The Nation, 30 Jan 1877 (information from Dr Catherine Lawless, University of Limerick).

(1) DB 5, 15 May 1863, 86. 
(2) PKS Bills of Quantities, Book 7, 204.

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Date: 1862-63;1875
Nature: Restoration of stonework, for Benjamin Lee Guinness, 1862-63.  Further work at St Mary's Abbey by Patrick Foy, 1875.
Refs: DB 5, 15 May 1863, 86; PKS Bills of Quantities, Book 7, 204