Frank Murphy - Irish Distillers Ltd

Tour | Former Cork Distillers Bottling plant

Sunday 12:00
Max Capacity: 30 people

Frank Murphy was an acclaimed architect who employed modernist principles as a language to design in Cork. His long career, which spanned the latter half of the 20th century was helped along by a demeanour and talent, salted with a burning curiosity and limitless enthusiasm for his native city. This combination ultimately earned him a reputation as a renowned award-winning architect. With long planar forms, structures animated with pattern, rhythm and rich material palettes enveloping modern space plans, Murphy was without a doubt one of Cork City’s most important architects. A dedicated modernist and an equally progressive conservation campaigner, Murphy concentrated for much of his career on 20th century ecclesiastical designs, schools, offices and factories of Cork.


Guided external tour of Frank Murphy’s masterpiece, the Cork Distillers’ Bottling Plant (1964), by Conor English. In 1960 Cork Distillers wanted to create an image of a modern company that had facilities to rival their then Dublin competitors. The project had an impressive pairing: an ambitious Cork client matched equally with a home grown determined architect. The building is distinctive for its riot of colour, mosaics and cast sculptural concrete.

Meeting point: Gate of Distillery Fields Complex, UCC, North Mall T23 XA50

Accessibility: wheelchair accessible