I live in this area over 4 years now and I’ve been always amazed by the Monkstown Parish Church. It’s different from the traditional Irish churches. It stands over the local buildings and when approaching it from Blackrock it’s difficult not to appreciate its bold size and beauty. I was even more impressed when I’ve visited it thanks to DLR Summer of Heritage. Pictures will tell you all.
According to the Visitor Guide the first church on this site was consecrated in 1789. The first church could sit 340 people and was plain in design. With the developments in the area such as the building of the Dun Laoghaire harbour (started in 1817), the population increased significantly and the larger church was commissioned. The existing Monkstown Parish Church was designed by John Semple & Son and opened in 1831. It can now seat 1200 people. It’s one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in Ireland.
All you need to know:
- Open every Saturday from 2-4 pm till 5th September 2015
- FREE self guided tour for adults
- You can get here by bus (no. 7 & 8 from city centre) and dart (Salthill & Monkstown stop)
- If you have more time, go and explore Monkstown. You can visit Monkstown Castle ruins nearby and grab a coffee in one of the many cafes.
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