St Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin

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Coordinates: 53°20′34″N 6°15′00″W / 53.34278°N 6.25000°W / 53.34278; -6.25000

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row.JPG
Location Westland Row
Country Republic of Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Dedication St. Andrew
Consecrated 2 January 1834
Architect(s) John Bolger, based on plans by James Leeson, with input from Francis Johnston and James Lever. Roof by Richard Turner.
Architectural type Classical (Baroque)
Style Church
Parish Westland Row Parish
Deanery South City Centre
Diocese Dublin
Organist(s) Aleksandre Nisse

St. Andrew's Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Westland Row, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Construction started in 1832, it opened for public worship in 1834 but was not completed until 1837.[1]


The architect appointed to design the church was John Bolger. However, he used the plans for a previous church, in Townsend Street, which had been designed by James Leeson.[2] Assistance was received from Francis Johnston and James Lever. The roof was by Richard Turner. The exterior of the church has a Doric portico with a statue of St. Andrew, sculpted by John Smyth 1776 - 1840, son of Edward Smyth, d.1812, sculptor of the Riverine heads at the Custom House.[1]

On 7 January 1940 ornamentation fell from the ceiling, which prompted an investigation and refurbishment. This started in 1942 when the interior was renovated and painted. All sculptures were restored at the same time.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Dominic Corrigan (1802-1880), a noted physician, is buried in the crypt of the church.


The organ of St. Andrew's was built by John White of Dublin in 1872. It is a large three manual instrument which originally contained many ranks of orchestral Cavaille-Coll pipework. This is no surprise as John White learned his trade in France. However, during the 1976 rebuild a large number of these were lost in favor of more neo-classical stops. If it were to be restored, the organ would be one of the finest in Dublin.


The organist of St. Andrew's since October 2011 is Aleksandre Nisse.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Watson, p. 23
  2. ^ Casey, p. 9
  3. ^ Watson, p. 31
  • Gilbert, John (1854). A History of the City of Dublin. Oxford: Oxford University. 
  • George Newenham Wright An Historical Guide to the City of Dublin
  • Watson, Elizabeth (2007). St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row. Dublin: self. 
  • Casey, Christine (2005). Dublin: The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road with the Phoenix Park. Yale: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10923-7. 
  • Curtis, Joe (1992). Times, Chimes and Charms of Dublin. Dublin: Verge Books. 

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