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    • #705175
      JL
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      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.

    • #717820
      Rory W
      Participant

      John Keatings have asign up saying that they are going to open a bar there next year

    • #717821
      GregF
      Participant

      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.

    • #717822
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      that sign is up a few years now RoryW

      it is indeed a shame

    • #717823
      urbanisto
      Participant

      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!

    • #717824
      Rory W
      Participant

      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?

    • #717825
      GregF
      Participant

      I think they are building a car park and appartments

    • #717826
      Alan
      Participant

      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.

    • #717827
      Alan
      Participant

      …… CORRECTION …… Burger Shop

    • #717828
      Rory W
      Participant

      Thank god you cleared that one up!!!

    • #717829
      Alan
      Participant

      Just read last night that St. Mary’s is the only surviving church from the 17th century
      in Dublin.

    • #717830
      JL
      Participant

      its in Architectural Dubllin on this website (nice one). Built 1680 according to that. Beautiful stonework around the windows.

    • #717831
      ef
      Participant

      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…

    • #717832
      trace
      Participant

      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”.

    • #717833
      Rory W
      Participant

      I see that they are currently boring holes outside this place (for a crane?) and that the conversion work has begun.

    • #717834
      LOB
      Participant

      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.

    • #717835
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      Why hasnt the square opened to the public other than the skateboarders yet?

    • #717836
      LOB
      Participant

      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!

    • #717837
      vitruvius
      Participant

      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?

    • #717838
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      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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