'This is an impressive and important publication which adds significantly to the historiography of Irish Victorian architecture. ... the sumptuous drawings, cartoons, stained glass, sculpture and fittings that fill this volume are a joy to behold. ... This book merits a place on the shelf of every Cork art lover and of every admirer of Victorian architecture in these islands.' Dr Christine Casey, Irish Arts Review.
‘The book is lavishly illustrated in colour and rich in detail of the stained glass windows, angels, carvings etc. that go to make up this monument to the taste and style of Burges. The book is as much a labour of love as the cathedral was for him.’ Books Ireland.
'Two authors combine their talents to bring us a detailed account of Cork’s best-known architectural jewel, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.' Tom Condit, Archaeology Ireland.
‘For the Cork reader this book is a must on the bookshelf. It is well illustrated with high quality, colour photography and copies of some primary documents are also included. The context and background history of the building are filled in together with information about Burges and the Cork Church of Ireland milieu.’ Margaret Lantry, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.
'Extremely well produced and presented and contains admirable quantities of historical information,' Books Ireland.
‘[A] close and detailed study of the construction of Saint Fin Barre Cathedral … It is a fine case-study of the conception and execution of Burgess’s plans and an accessible guide to the final accomplishment with a good, indispensable appendix detailing the sculpture and carvings in the cathedral … There are many good photographs to accompany the interesting text … This is a book for scholar and amateur enthusiast alike and an excellent introduction for those who do not know this most delightful of architects and designers’, John Grainger, New Directions (October 2007).