St Andrew's Church, Dublin (Church of Ireland)

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Coordinates: 53°20′36.77″N 6°15′39.74″W / 53.3435472°N 6.2610389°W / 53.3435472; -6.2610389

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Church - St. Andrew Street Dublin - 2010-03-17 night.jpg
CountryRepublic of Ireland
DenominationChurch of Ireland
Founded16th century
DedicationSt. Andrew
ParishSt. Andrew

St Andrew's Church is a former parish church of the Church of Ireland that is located in St Andrew's Street, Dublin, Ireland. It now houses the Central Tourist Office.

The church[edit]

The original St Andrew's Church was located on present-day Dame Street, but disappeared during Oliver Cromwell's reign in the mid-17th century. A new church was built in 1665 a little further away from the city walls, on an old bowling-green close to the Thingmote, the old assembly-place of the Norse rulers of the city. Due to its shape, it was commonly known as the "Round Church".[1] Local landlords of the time, Lord Anglesey (after whom Anglesea Street is named) and Sir John Temple (after whose family Temple Bar is named) were churchwardens. The architect was William Dodson. The neighbouring houses were located in that part of the Dublin Corporation estate known as "the Whole Land of Tib and Tom".[2]

The church was rebuilt in 1793, but burnt down in 1860, when the present building was constructed.

The parish[edit]

The boundaries of the ecclesiastical parish were coextensive to those of the civil parish of St Andrew. The population of this parish in 1901 was 3,058, in 1971 it was 300.[3]


Vanessa, former pupil of Jonathan Swift, was buried in St. Andrew's Church in June 1723.

Thomas Dalton, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was buried here in 1730

Marmaduke Coghill, member of Parliament for Dublin University, judge of the Prerogative Court and Chancellor of the Exchequer was buried in the family vault in this church in 1738.[4]

The cemetery[edit]

  • Alderman Thomas Pleasants, father of Thomas Pleasants the developer and philanthropist, was buried in the church-yard of this church in 1729.[5]
  • The surgeon Philip Woodroffe is buried in St Andrew's churchyard.[6]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ M'Gregor, John James (1821). Picture of Dublin. Dublin: C. P. Archer. p. 96.
  2. ^ Craig, p. 39
  3. ^ 1979 Census[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ A History of the County Dublin, by Francis Elrington Ball (1920)
  5. ^ Thomas Pleasants
  6. ^ Cameron, Sir Charles A. (1886) History of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and of the Irish Schools of Medicine &c Dublin: Fannin & Co. p. 312.
  • Gilbert, John (1854). A History of the City of Dublin. Oxford: Oxford University.
  • George Newenham Wright An Historical Guide to the City of Dublin
  • Craig, Maurice (1969). Dublin: 1660-1860. Dublin: Allen Figgis.
  • Usher, Robin (2008). 'Reading Architecture: St. Andrew's Church, Dublin, 1670-1990', Visual Resources, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 119–32.