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Pauric Carr


Dugort, Achill Island, Co Mayo

Earlier this year we witnessed the sad passing of Pauric Carr, one of Achill’s most popular and respected sons, at the age of 63.
Throughout his life Pauric had a strong commitment to both his family and community. He and his wife Lorraine were blessed with a son Patrick, the central focus of their lives and the apple of Pauric’s eye. He indulged Patrick’s passion for football, especially GAA, and rarely missed taking him to see a Mayo match.  
Pauric had a talent for drawing and design and followed a career in architecture at Bolton St College of Technology. There he shone as an undergraduate, being awarded best student in his first and final years.
In Dublin he gained valuable experience working with Murphy Kenny Architects, MMM Design and Henry J Lyons. Then Pauric returned to Achill to set up his own practice at Dugort. His designs became noteworthy for combining a vernacular with a contemporary style. His curved walls which caused some headaches for the builder, and light admitting glass brick walls were hallmarks. His larger projects such as, the restoration of Keel Coastguard Station and its transformation into apartments and housing units successfully created an attractive living space where the residents are part of an inclusive community. Nearby, the former Presentation Convent was extended and converted into a Day Care Centre for the Achill community.
Among his other community projects were the renovation and upgrading of Dookinella National School, Seomra Pobail Dooniver, and the Autism Unit at Bunacurry National School. In many instances he combined the roles of architect and project manager. He was a perfectionist in the execution of all stages of his work, choosing kitchen layouts, using the latest heating technology, and advising on furnishings and colour schemes. One of his last projects involved the restoration of the Heinrich Boell Artist’s Residency at Dugort. He received special praise for the result from the German Ambassador H.E. Deike Potzel when she reopened the cottage in June 2021.                              
Pauric also designed and built a number of houses for private clients on the Island which sit comfortably into the village or landscape. The poet Paul Durcan spoke of Pauric as an “artist architect” and referred to the buildings and houses he designed as “sacred spaces”.
Pauric had another passion, the Dookinella Pipe Band, in which he played the pipes and tutored drummers, introducing new drumming styles and advancing the playing to a high standard. He developed an association with the Dublin St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and was present on its winning the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green in August 2010.
Pauric was a community person who could always find time to commit to others. Despite his shortened life, he has left Achill with a significant legacy, visible in the buildings he designed, and in his work furthering the pipe band tradition in Achill.
For his wife Lorraine, and his son Patrick, and his family, this should remain a source of pride and comfort.
​Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.