St George’s Church
The home of Jesuit Belvedere College since 1841. James Joyce studied here between 1893 and 1898 (and described his experiences in A...
Dublin Writers Museum
Memorabilia aplenty and lots of literary ephemera line the walls and display cabinets of this elegant museum devoted to preserving the...
Irish Writers Centre
Next door to the Dublin Writers Museum , which focuses on the dearly departed, the Irish Writers Centre provides a meeting and working...
Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane
There’s hardly a better way to ruminate over the art in the gallery than over lunch in the basement cafe. The menu features sandwiches...
Hardwicke Pl · interesting places nearby
St George’s Church information
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 due to the fact that it’s Church of Ireland and not Roman Catholic – the Protestant (and largely moneyed) community for whom it was built has shrunk to the point of disappearance. The bells that Leopold Bloom heard in Ulysses were removed, the ornate pulpit was carved up and used to decorate a pub, and the spire is in danger of crumbling, which has resulted in the scaffolding.