St. Michan's Church, Dublin
|St. Michan's Church, Dublin|
St Michan's Church and graveyard
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Website||Parish website - St. Michan's|
|Founded||1095 - Original chapel
1686 - Current structure
1825 - Renovated
|Dedication||St. Michan (5th century)|
|Architect(s)||William Robinson (1686)|
|Diocese||Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough|
|Province||Province of Dublin|
Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), the current structure dates largely from a reconstruction in 1686, but is still (possibly) the only parish church on the north side of the Liffey surviving from a Viking foundation.
The vaults of St. Michan's uniquely contain many mummified remains. The walls in the vaults contain limestone, which has kept the air dry, creating ideal conditions for preservation. Among the preserved remains are the 400-year-old body of a nun, a six-and-a-half foot man popularly believed to have been a crusader, a body with its feet and right hand severed, and the Sheares brothers—Henry and John—who took part in the 1798 rebellion. The various holders of the title Earl of Leitrim were also interred here.
The church and vaults are open to tours on Saturdays, and seasonally on some weekdays. As an active place of worship however, the church is closed on Sunday to visitors.
The organ, built circa 1940 by Evans and Barr of Belfast, is housed within the eighteenth-century organ case constructed by John Baptiste Cuvillie between 1723-1725. The three manual pneumatic console employs modern compass and playing dimensions yet has been squeezed into the space originally occupied by much narrower keyboards. The Swell division features a slider soundboard, with separate pneumatic underaction; the Great and Choir divisions are served by sliderless ventil chests. Stopaction is pneumatic throughout.
In front of the gallery is the Organ Trophy, a piece of wood depicting 17 musical instruments, possibly carved by Henry Houghton or John Houghton. The Trophy was installed in 1724. It is widely considered that George Frideric Handel practised in advance of the first performance of Messiah on this organ.
Roger Ludlow (1590-1666) was a parishioner and one of the founders of the Connecticut colony.
- "Brief History of St. Michan s Church Halston Street" (PDF). Capuchin Friar's website. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "The Mummies of St. Michan's". Ireland for Visitors. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
- "St Michan's Church". Website of Christ Church Cathedral parishes. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
- "Waking the Dead: The Mummies of Saint Michan's Church, Dublin". Blather.net. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
- George Newenham Wright (2005). "An Historical Guide to the City of Dublin". Online book. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- "St Michan's Church organ". Website of St Michan's. Retrieved 15 May 2014.