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GCA (Gerry Cahill Architects)

Since the early 1980s Gerry Cahill has been Principal in GCA Gerry Cahill Architects – a practice that has established a reputation for the design of high quality social, co-operative and affordable housing, education, health, childcare and urban renewal projects. Gerry Cahill is a director of Urban Projects; established in 1997 to pursue urban design studies and major city regeneration proposals. Urban Projects won and successfully completed the commission for a large mixed-use development at Clarion Quay in Dublin’s Docklands as part of its extended regeneration. In 2007, this project received the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing. Gerry Cahill has been involved in the design of energy conscious buildings in the 1990s and was a Director of SEI – the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland from 2000 to 2006. In 2001 he received the Lord Mayor’s Award for his contribution to Dublin. In practice with GCA Gerry Cahill Architects since 1995, Ciaran O’Brien has been an Associate since 2003 and an Associate of Urban Projects. His primary professional experience has been through the development of methodologies for the implementation of successful voluntary housing strategies involving the reuse and regeneration of historic grounds and buildings. He is extensively involved in the masterplanning and regeneration of a number of brownfield sites in the City of Dublin. Photographic work has been published and exhibited in Ireland. Since 2002 Mary Byrne has run GCA’s regional office – GCAWest – in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim which is involved with healthcare, commercial and mixed-use developments throughout the north and west of Ireland. Completed projects with the practice have been published in the Irish Architect and A&D.

Sanctuary and Congregation

Gerry Cahill Architects

Religious life in Ireland has gone through huge changes in the latter part of the twentieth century. Situations long considered immutable – the power and influence of the Catholic Church, the central role of the religious orders in education and health – have altered forever. Buildings of great significance to communities are being abandoned by those who can no longer care for or support them. Divested of all traces of their previous meaning, they became mute symbols of a lost tradition. The efforts to maintain a congregation and a continued sense of sanctuary at St Patrick’s Convent, Cork Street form the focus of this exhibit. One film charts the historic continuity of the site, and in particular its central garden. A second film focuses on a mature copper beech tree within the garden, which, almost miraculously, has survived the vagaries of social and economic change to stand as a symbol of enduring life.

Filmmakers/Photographers: Alan O’Connor, Ciaran O’Brien
Camera: Alan O’Connor
Editing Team: Gerry Cahill, Mary Byrne, Ciaran O’Brien, Alan O’Connor
Featured: Carmel McCarthy, Orla O’Brien, Iseult McGrath