Abbey Presbyterian at Dublin!

And I take you to an island off the European continent and very much part of it. It was a memorable short trip but always with pleasants memories of the visit , and always wants to go back. Many times in my travels , I tend to do things quickly , just my way, and unfortunately missed on nice things to see. This is one example.

I came upon Dublin with the expectation of the bar scene and enjoy myself. I took some walks and started seeing interesting building and nice architecture. Many of them with history behind it. I passed by this church and was impressive by its clean looks and impressive exterior architecture. I did try to get back to see it inside but had no time. Now is on my list perhaps this summer to see it up close and personal. For now a primer on the Abbey Presbyterian Church of Dublin, Ireland.

Quickly up nice Parnell Square you come to the impressive church with beautiful architecture, this is the  Abbey Presbyterian Church. Their official webpage is here:


Abbey Presbyterian Church is a decorated Gothic building, with a spire 180 feet (54.9 meters) high. The church was erected in 1864 with funding from Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, and is known colloquially as Findlater’s Church.  Indeed the reconstituting and renaming of the congregation came as a direct result of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath.  Abbey Presbyterian Church is a congregation affiliated to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland through the Dublin & Munster Presbytery.  They have been meeting at the present site in Parnell Square right at the heart of the city for almost one hundred and fifty years, although their history can be traced back much further.


A bit of history I like

The Presbyterians were prominent in Dublin as early as 1594 with the appointment of Rev. William Travers, a Presbyterian clergyman, as the first regular Provost of Trinity College. Almost the earliest known Presbyterian congregation in Dublin was established about 1660 in Bull Alley, a lane running along what is now St. Patrick’s Park. In 1667 this congregation, from which the present Abbey congregation traces its descent, moved to Capel Street and the site of Mary’s Abbey. The Abbey had been founded by Godfrey, the Danish King of Dublin, in 948 and finally vacated by the Cistercians in 1641.

Meetinghouse Lane, in which the old Chapterhouse of St. Mary’s Abbey still stands, takes its name from the Presbyterian building. In the 1860s the growth of the congregation and a substantial increase in rent on the Mary’s Abbey property made it desirable for the congregation to seek new premises. By the great generosity of Alexander Findlater, a Dublin merchant, the present site in Rutland Square, now Parnell Square, was bought and a church was erected. The church is popularly known as ‘Findlater’s Church‘ and is referred to by that name in two of James Joyce’s novels. The opening services were held in November, 1864.

More interesting to me is that this Abbey Church is not even in the things to see at the Dublin Council tourism info webpage, so more power to go back and see it. The official Dublin city council tourist things to see

Another good source of information on Dublin is Dublin Live! Dublin Live webpage on things to do

And a tiny bit on the Dublin tourist office webpage here: Tourist office of Dublin a bit on the Abbey Church aka

And there you a nice off the beaten path visit in Dublin, for my and yours next time in depth coverage of the Abbey Presbyterian Church. Hope you have a enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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