St. Bride's - St. Bridget's - Church of Ireland

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
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St. Bride's Church is a former Church of Ireland church located in Bride St., Dublin, Ireland.

A large number of parishioners were buried in the churchyard, some of whose remains were transferred to Mount Jerome Cemetery when the land was developed at the turn of the 20th century.

Thomas Carter (1690–1763), politician and Master of the Rolls in Ireland, was buried in the church.

O'Hanlon, keeper of the Record Tower in Dublin Castle, who was killed by Howley, one of the insurgents during the rebellion of Robert Emmet in 1803, is buried here.

The developer and philanthropist Thomas Pleasants (1729–1818, after whom Pleasants Street was named)& wife Mildred Daunt (died 1814) were buried in the churchyard. Among his donations were over £12,000 in 1814 for the erection of a large stove-house near Cork St. for poor weavers in the Liberties, £8,000 for the building of the Meath Hospital, and his own house (67 Camden St.) for the provision of a school and orphanage for Protestant girls, along with £1,200 a per annum operational grant and funding for modest dowries for the girls.

The original St. Bride's church was an ancient Irish church located south of the walls of Dublin, dating back to pre-Viking times, and dedicated to St. Bridget (Irish: Naomh Bríd). It was located north-east of where St. Patrick's Cathedral now stands. By a grant of St. Laurence O'Toole in 1178, its revenues were appropriated to the Priory of the Holy Trinity (Christ Church Cathedral), but his was later transferred to the Economy Fund of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Until the Reformation its history was devoid of incident.

The church (now belonging to the Church of Ireland) was rebuilt in 1684 by Nathaniel Foy, rector of St. Bride's, born in York but educated in Dublin. He later became Bishop of Waterford where he founded Bishop Foy's School.

St. Bride's was closed in 1898, but its fine organ-case can still be seen in the National Museum of Ireland. It was demolished to make way for the housing development for the poor, the Iveagh Trust, financed by Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, which still stands on the spot.

St. Bridget's Parish, Dublin Genealogy

St. Bridget's or St. Bride's parish was formed out of those of St. Bride, St. Stephen, and St. Michael de la Pole, and after having belonged to Christ-Church was annexed to St. Patrick's in 1186.


GPS Coordinates: 53.2022, 6.1617

  • Added: 14 Mar 2017
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