Under each portico the central columns are in-filled to make a gallery vestibule at one end and what is now the organ loft at the other. This is a highly novel solution to the vagaries of Irish weather and one that had not previously been executed.

Interior architecture

Internally, the building has an elegant coffered ceiling and, at each end, ionic columns of the Bassean order set in antis between square pilasters. These are painted to resemble Sienna Marble as is the “noble rostrum” - the pulpit.

There are three stained glass windows - at the rear an original window attributed to Thomas Willemont and at the front two windows by the Ward Brothers commemorating those who served and those who fell in the First World War.

The organ case, based on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, was installed as part of the 2015 restoration.

To find out more about Portico’s architecture, book a guided tour.


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