Dunshaughlin Pastoral Centre

McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, Dunshaughlin, 2010


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Public space for visitors to congregate outside the centre 

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  • Public space for visitors to congregate outside the centre    
  • Parochial House and a line of Cyprus trees form a route towards the centre    
  • Entrance    
  • Yellow interior is highly visible at night    
  • Elevations are marked out by rigorously set-out slate coloured Marley Eternit cladding panels    
  • Slate-coloured exterior cladding    
  • Holes in cladding illuminate the toilets inside    
  • Brightly lit entrance hall    
  • Seating in reception area    
  • Multi-purpose hall    
  • Bright orange youth room    
  • Bright yellow walls and matching Dalsouple rubber floors    
  • Mottled ceiling    
  • Cave-like interior spaces    
  • Plan and legend    
  • Section    
  • East elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Model showing Church (left) and Parochial House (right)    
  • Model showing steps up to centre    

Community resource centre housed within a slate-coloured polyhedron

McGarry Ni Eanaigh Architects have provided a parish office, café, multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms and a youth room in a single storey building, which sits between the village of Dunshaughlin’s church and Parochial House. The route between these buildings defines the Centre’s entrance, and provides a landscaped area for social events to spill into.

The Pastoral Centre’s form, an asymmetrical, slate-coloured polyhedron, responds to the angular slate roofs of its neighbouring buildings. The sharp lines of this polyhedron are emphasised by a razor-sharp parapet and cladding of fibre cement panels.

The public route from Main Street terminates at a timber and glass entrance beneath a bright-yellow aluminium soffit. This flash of colour continues internally in the ceiling, perforated for acoustic properties, and mirrored by a rubber floor to match.


  • Begun: Nov 2009
  • Completed: Nov 2010
  • Floor area: 502m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £1.3M
  • Procurement: RIAI form of contract
  • Address: Parochial House, Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland