The Liberties area of Dublin includes Francis Street loaded with antique shops and galleries, the Tailors Hall (1707), Dublin’s oldest surviving guildhall, St James Church, John Lane’s church, St. Audoen’s Church, The St. James’ Gate Brewery ,and Guinness. And a block from me, the organic food coop.
St. Audoen’s is a medieval church that was founded by the Normans in 1190. It’s thought to be the oldest surviving church in Dublin, and lasted through Cromwell, although of course, it got banged up. They have an interesting tour, It was divided in half at one time, and then in thirds. The Guilds part of the church became the real moneymaker. The still ringing bells play a major starring role here.
The bells still ring on Sundays.
This fellow was likely a bishop, pre-Coromwell. It’s been quite bashed up in a way that makes experts think it likely that it got bashed up during Cromwell.
This baptistery disappeared and reappeared a few times. It was hidden during the times of Cromwell and then found during church reconstruction. Notice the scallop shell design? They are just down the road from where people began the pilgrimage ‘ El Camino to Spain. Passports to begin the pilgrimage were gotten up the road a couple blocks at St. James Church.
The couple above were the owners,or the man was of the smaller third portion of the church. The was the money man, and had his own private chapel.
Church of SS Augustine and John the Baptist
Right up high street another block is the Church of SS Augustine and John the Baptist, or John’s Lane Church. Why come here? To enjoy the wonderful Stained Glass windows if nothing else, or because thus far it’s been Church of Ireland, and I had a wish to balance things out. This church was built in 1862 on the site of an old hospital (1080). The Augustinian friars have been in town since 1280, so they are old-timers. During the tricky times, they continued their work in hiding. Italians have been coming to Ireland a lot longer than I knew. This gives me pause. I would have thought my Nan would have been more familiar with spaghetti, but she was down in Cork, and perhaps there weren’t Italian priests down there.
This is another lovely Gothic revival church. James Pearse, the father of patriots Padraig and William Pearse carved the saints around the spire. The eight bells here in this tower were cast locally on Thomas Street, just down the road. One can imagine Sundays are quite the treat between these bells and St. Audoen’s ringing. The most exquisite part of this church are the windows. It’s worth going out of your way to see them. Back a few blogs ago I mentioned Harry Clarke who designed stained glass windows. My pilgrimage has been one to view his stained glass rather than religious. I’ve seen his windows at the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Art Museum, at Bewley’s Tea shop on Grafton Street and now here Look Clarke up. My photos can’t do justice to the faces and grace of his subjects Sfrom saints to fairy touched beings.