The Church on the Hill, Killiney

I recently visited the Holy Trinity Church in Killiney. It’s open to visitors 7 days a week and offers an insight into the local community history. If you are looking for a peaceful place to visit and appreciate the architecture and history, this is somewhere to go. Even in the rain!

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Holy Trinity Church is located at the corner of the Killiney Hill Park (previously called Victora Park). The original church was built in 1859 on the land donated by Robert Warren, a previous resident of Killiney Castle. Designed by Sandham Symes and built of granite from the local quarries could accommodate 250 people. Due to increasing popularity of the area in 19th century and extended railway to Bray, the church became too small in couple of years. The decision was made to adapt the church to community needs. The renovations included an installation of a heating system and the church acquired a Telford organ. Two transepts and a chancel were added and the seating was increased to 400.  It was consecrated by Archbishop Trench in 1868.

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The main entrance is paved with pebbles.

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The most famous window in the church is the “Angel of Peace abd Hope” designed by Harry Clarke in 1918. It was apparently inspired by an early portraits of Queen Elizabeth I.  It was donated by Mrs Clifford Llyod in memory of her late husband. You can find another stained glass window from Harry Clarke Workshop in The Oratory in Dun Laoghaire.

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According to the leaflet provided on a tour, the congregations declined in the first half of 20th century. Emigration and both World Wars affected local population. The church still plays an important role in a community and is open to the public within Summer of Heritage 2015 events.

All you need to know:

  • Open Mon-Sat 2pm-4pm, Sun 10am-12pm
  • Free Self Guided Tour
  • Max capacity 30 people
  • Organised by DLR

You might also like:

Killiney Hill Park

The Oratory, Dun Laoghaire 

A day in Dun Laoghaire

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