#genealogyphotoaday: Day 23: Old: The Church of Immaculate Mary, Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin.
On Wednesday, at the end of my workday at the BMHA, Cathal Brugha Barracks, I stopped on Military Road to shoot the first of these images. This is the parish church my mam and dad attended when they lived in Rathmines, and it is the church in which my elder brother Michael was baptised.
194 years ago, in 1824, construction of the first church on this site began. The resulting Gothic church was 90 ft long by 37 ft wide by 37 feet tall. It was dedicated in 1830. This church is the ‘new church’. The church proper was completed in 1857, and its Portland Stone portico was completed in 1878.
In 1920, the church was almost completely destroyed by fire. During its reconstruction its spectacular dome, which was originally created for an Orthodox church in Russia, was redirected to Dublin to replace the dome lost in the fire. The new dome was no longer to be used by the Orthodox Church because, after the 1917 Russian Revolution, the ruling Bolsheviks declared the separation of church & state, seized church lands and converted many churches to alternate use buildings, so luckily it found a home here. #genealogyphotos #rathminesparish #irishfamilyhistory #irishhistory #dublindna #irishdna