St George’s Church

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St George’s Church information

Dublin , Ireland
Hardwicke Pl
Getting there
Bus: 11, 16 or 41 from city centre
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One of Dublin's most beautiful buildings is this deconsecrated church, built by Francis Johnston between 1802 and 1813 in Greek Ionic style. It is topped by an eye-catching, 60m-high steeple modelled on that of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Alas, it has fallen into serious disrepair and has been shrouded in scaffolding for more than a decade.

Although this was one of Johnston’s finest works, and the Duke of Wellington was married here, the building's neglect is largely to do to the fact that it’s Church of Ireland and not Roman Catholic – the Protestant (and largely moneyed) community for whom it was built have shrunk to the point of disappearance. The bells that Leopold Bloom heard in that book were removed, the ornate pulpit was carved up and used to decorate the pub Thomas Read’s , and the spire is in danger of crumbling, which has resulted in the scaffolding. The church is not open to the public.