Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Cork. George Buckley was an apprentice of GEORGE RICHARD PAIN  GEORGE RICHARD PAIN in 1832 and until 1834.(1) In 1828 he exhibited a model of a Gothic church at the Mechanics' Institute Exhibition, Cork,(2), and in 1831 he won first prize for the best architectural drawing from the Cork Society for Promoting the Fine Arts.(3) The first prize and the second prize, which had been awarded to WILLIAM ATKINS WILLIAM ATKINS , were subsequently withheld by the Society's officers and a single prize awarded instead to to KEARNS DEANE. KEARNS DEANE. (4) Buckley's design - for a Gothic cathedral church with a college attached - was exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy the following year,(5) together with his model of the principal front of a palace.(6) He is referred to as 'young Buckley of Cork' in 1832,(7) and in an article in the Dublin Penny Journal of 15 February 1834 as the architect of the 'exquisitely beautiful' Gothic mansion 'recently erected' one mile south of Castle Bernard for William Smyth Bernard, M.P., brother of the Earl of Bandon.(8)



(1) Cork Constitution, 7 Jan 1832; 25 Jan 1834. (All references to the Cork Constitution were kindly supplied by Kenneth Severens.)
(2) No. 107; RIA Haliday pamphlets, 1434/11 (reference from Kenneth Severens) and IALE, I, 90.
(3) Cork Constitution, 20 Sep 1831.
(4) Cork Constitution, 29 Dec 1831; Kenneth Severens suggests that this episode may have been a symptom of rivalry between G.R. Pain and Thomas Deane.
(5) No. 251.
(6) No. 287.
(7) RIA Pamphlet 1542/6 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(8) Dublin Penny Journal 2, 15 Feb 1834, 261; presumably Castle Bernard, 1 mile WSW of Bandon is intended here.

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Date: 1834a
Nature: New house in Elizabethan style for Hon. William Smyth Bernard (adjoining Castle Bernard).
Refs: Dublin Penny Journal 2, 15 Feb 1834, 261; S. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), I, 149; J.P. Lawson, Gazetteer of Ireland (1842), 129