Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Among the many photos I took of Church Street are these of the corbels or stone blocks that support the wooden ribs of the roof. I will post up the rest over the next few days. Below are St. Clare and St. Francis (I think).
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Some more photos from St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street. To think this church was almost gutted. The plan had been to re-orient the church so the altar would be at the south side of the church (it runs east-west). One of the priests, Fr. Henry, intervened and stopped the planned demolition. It is said that Padraig Pearse's father worked on the marblework. The Sacred Heart chapel was removed some years ago and sold to a church down the country (where, I do not know).
St. Francis is presented to Christ by the Mother of God.
The ambo shows St. Anthony and St. Clare.
Many Phillipinos have come to settle in Ireland and have brought with them their faith and devotions. Of all the new Irish they are probably the most popular and admired. One of their devotions is to Our Lady of Penafrancia. Found buried in 1434 after revelations to Simon Vela in Spain devotion travlled to the Phillipines with the Spaniards. After miraculously cured as a young boy through her intercession a young priest had a shrine built to her in Bicol. It is now a major shrine in the Phillipines and the largest pilgrimage shrine in the world.
The Phillipino community were looking around for a place to keep their statue of Our Lady of Penafrancia. A number of churches were approached and declined. When the approached the Guardian of Church Street, Dublin, Br. Bryan Shortall he is reported to have said "Why not? This is Our Lady of the Angels, it's Her church!" So while at the moment She is safe in a store room there are plans to convert the old choir behind the apse into a shrine to Our Lady of Penafrancia. May She pour many blessings on the Phillipino community and the people of Dublin!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Capuchins arrived in this area of Dublin's Northside inner city around 1689 and shortly after built a 'Mass House' where the present church stands. It was enlarged in 1796 and became the 'Church Street Chapel'. The 'penal chapel' was replaced with the laying of the foundation stone of the present church (laid by Cardinal Cullen) in 1868 and it was finished in 1881. This church was designed by James J. McCarthy and is built in the revived decorated Gothic style. It is one of the most beautifully designed churches in Dublin. The ceiling resembles an inverted ship and gives the roof a very steep pitch so much so that snow slides off! I have also heard it claimed it was built so high so that the smell from the congregation had somewhere to go. Many of them were from the tenements around Church Street and worked, those that could get work, in the fish markers, soap factory etc.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Above is from a photo of a card showing the interior of Holy Trinity (the Father Mathew Memorial Church) as it was sometime in the late nineteenth or, more likely, early twentieth centuries. The altar was not marble but plaster. One of the friars told me that the workmen at one point discovered some of the angels still behind the plasterboard that lines the rear walls of the church. As we are in the middle of Cork, right on the Lee we get a lot of damp and it did quite a bit of damage over the years.
Below is how it looks today.