St Mary’s Church
August 31, 2001 at 9:48 pm #705175JLParticipant
The new square alongside this is looking good. The railings have been taken down and the edges of the square are now defined by the building walls on either side.
The Church is a sorry affair on the other hand. Has its fate been determined?
The tower at the entrance is very strange. It looks like it was done/redone recently, but in a totally utilitarian fashion. I think it would make a beautiful project to design a new tower for this church, which I think is otherwise beautiful.
September 3, 2001 at 1:46 pm #717820
John Keatings have asign up saying that they are going to open a bar there next year
September 3, 2001 at 2:15 pm #717821GregFParticipant
This church has been idle far too long….after unsuitably being a painting & decorating store as well as a book shop I suppose a pub will get the custom.
Wolfe Tone I think was baptised there and Arthur Guinneass has some connection also.
September 3, 2001 at 2:28 pm #717822
that sign is up a few years now RoryW
it is indeed a shame
September 3, 2001 at 4:26 pm #717823urbanistoParticipant
St Marys’is probably a perfect exemple of what you do with derelict or redundant buildings which happen to occupy prominent sites.
It would be good if they at least made an effort to integrate it with the park pending its redevelopment. At least get rid of the weeds!
September 4, 2001 at 11:54 am #717824
Ah the We (John Keatings) have moved sign has been up for years but the Pub/Restaurant opening 2002 is of more recent vintage. I did here from someone that work was about to start on this soon. Here’s hoping. As for the interior – the Ryans decor store ruined most of it.
On a different tack, have you noticed that they have started building something behind the Penney’s store (about time too) on Henry Street – does anybody know what they are building?
September 4, 2001 at 12:38 pm #717825GregFParticipant
I think they are building a car park and appartments
September 4, 2001 at 1:33 pm #717826
Is that the John Keatings that sold the old pub so McDonalds could build another bugger shop.
I think St. Mary’s was even a Greek Orthodox church for some time and I’m sure it has some link to the nearby St. Mary’s Abbey too.
September 4, 2001 at 3:06 pm #717827
…… CORRECTION …… Burger Shop
September 5, 2001 at 10:02 am #717828
Thank god you cleared that one up!!!
September 5, 2001 at 11:04 am #717829
Just read last night that St. Mary’s is the only surviving church from the 17th century
September 6, 2001 at 8:03 am #717830JLParticipant
its in Architectural Dubllin on this website (nice one). Built 1680 according to that. Beautiful stonework around the windows.
September 10, 2001 at 7:42 pm #717831efParticipant
john keating is putting a pub aind resaurant into the church… i don’t know what the time-frame is, but it is being designed at the moment. there are conservation consultants working on the project…
September 29, 2001 at 11:39 pm #717832traceParticipant
According to Dr Edward McParland, St Mary’s was among the churches needed for new parishes in an expanding city:
“Begun in 1700, with its tall short nave, steep roof and bulky tower it has a medieval silhouette. But its plan comes from Wren (at St Clement Danes), and its east facade has the best baroque window frame in the country.”
Willam Robinson (architect of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham provided the design for the window frame (see the east front of the Chapel). Robinson ‘probably’ designed the greater part of what McParland calls “this transitional and gauche composition”.
January 15, 2002 at 6:13 pm #717833
I see that they are currently boring holes outside this place (for a crane?) and that the conversion work has begun.
January 17, 2002 at 2:45 pm #717834LOBParticipant
as far as I know the basement is to be developed-if so they might be putting down secant piles to form a retaining wall.
January 17, 2002 at 3:20 pm #717835
Why hasnt the square opened to the public other than the skateboarders yet?
January 17, 2002 at 4:21 pm #717836LOBParticipant
Probably want the park to be in pristine condition when the whole development is completed-though that would seem to be quite a way off
maybe they are waiting for a suitable notable, with space in their diary, to open it!
January 17, 2002 at 4:25 pm #717837vitruviusParticipant
About time they did something with the church.
Does anyone know who designed the office block on the side of the square opposite the old hospital entrance?
January 17, 2002 at 4:31 pm #717838
The modern block is by Scott Tallon Walker and the one straddling the corner of Wolfe Tone Street and Mary Street was by WG Murray in 1865 and was built as a draperfy warehouse. AFAIR it also briefly contained a cinema in the 1920s (remember this from an exhibition in the IFC last year) and no it wasn’t the Volta before everyone climbs in with the name.
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