The Abbey Presbyterian of 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. I like to update this older post of my visit to Dublin, Ireland. I took some walks and started seeing interesting building and nice architecture ,with history behind them. I passed by this church and was impress by its clean looks and impressive exterior architecture. For a primer on the Abbey Presbyterian Church of Dublin !


Quickly up nice Parnell Square you come to the impressive church with beautiful architecture, this is the  Abbey Presbyterian. It is decorated Gothic building, with a spire 55 meters high (about 180 feet). The abbey 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 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.

dublin abbey presbyterian church on oconnell side oct16

Their official Abbey Church

The Dublin city council on other things to see

The Dublin tourist office on the abbey ,call Findlater’s:

There you go folks, a nice off the beaten path visit in Dublin, the Abbey Presbyterian Church. Hope you have enjoy the post as I.

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

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