St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin

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Saint Bartholomew's Church
Coordinates: 53°19′48″N 6°14′11″W / 53.3299°N 6.23626°W / 53.3299; -6.23626
Location Clyde Road,
Country Ireland
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship High Church
Dedication St. Bartholomew
Consecrated 1867
Architect(s) Thomas Henry Wyatt
Architectural type Church
Parish Ballsbridge
Diocese Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough
Province Dublin
Vicar(s) The Rev. Andrew McCroskery
Director of music Tristan Russcher
Organist(s) Andrew Johnstone

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Dublin, is a Church of Ireland (Anglican) parish church located on Clyde Road in Ballsbridge on the Southside of Dublin.


Saint Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, was consecrated in 1867. Many of its original features are intact, such as the sanctuary mosaics and the elaborate wrought iron choir screen.[1] The architect was Thomas Henry Wyatt. The rectory was built in 1872 by the architect James Edward Rogers.[2]

According to 'An Irishman's Diary' on P. 15 of The Irish Times on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, the parents of Alan Turing, O.B.E., F.R.S., were married in the church in October 1907. They were Julius Turing (1873–1947) and Ethel Stoney (1881–1976).

The church is the focal point of the civil parish of the same name in the barony of Dublin.


Saint Bartholomew's Church maintains a liturgical tradition that is broadly related to that of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Anglo-Catholicism distinguishes that section or party of the Anglican Communion which stems from the Tractarian Movement of the 1830s. (This movement was centred in Oxford and included such influential figures as John Henry Newman, one of the prime movers in the founding of University College, Dublin.) Anglo-Catholics hold a 'high' doctrine of the Church and the sacraments; they attach great importance to the apostolic succession, that is, to an episcopal order derived from the apostles; to the historical continuity of the existing Church with the Church of the earliest centuries; and to the Church's ultimate independence of the State.

Saint Bartholomew's Church offers a weekly Sunday Solemn Eucharist (sometimes referred to as High Mass) that includes a sung liturgy, the use of candles, eucharistic vestments and incense, and liturgical processions. Clergy are assisted by servers (including acolytes and a thurifer). Choral Evensong is offered on Sundays, and on festivals or the eve of festivals there is Solemn Evensong (with incense) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The main services are accompanied by the parish choirs.

List of Vicars[edit]

  • Arthur Altham Dawson 1864 - 1871
  • Richard Travers Smith 1871 - 1905
  • Harry Vere White 1905 - 1918 (later Bishop of Limerick)
  • Walter Cadden Simpson 1918 - 1951
  • Robert Norman Sidney Craig 1951 - 1957
  • Henry Homan Warner 1957 - 1964
  • James Maurice George Carey 1964 - 1972
  • John Thomas Farquhar Paterson 1972 - 1987 (later Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin)
  • John Robert Winder Neill 1978 - 1985 (later Archbishop of Dublin)
  • John Andrew McKay 1985 - 2000
  • William James Ritchie 2000 - 2004
  • Michael Thompson 2004 - 2007
  • Andrew McCroskery 2008 -



The church is celebrated for its fine music and is often used as a concert venue.


The choir of boys and men, the only remaining all-male parish church choir in the country, generally sings at least one of the choral services each Sunday during term-time. The remainder are sung by the girls' choir (formed eight years ago and now playing an increasingly prominent role in the church's regular worship as well as undertaking a programme of regular concerts and joint events around the city and country), the Elgin Chorale (which sings during choir vacations) and the newly formed chamber choir, the Clyde Chorale.In recent years, the activities of the choir have expanded to include regular concert appearances. The boy choristers have sung many times in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, where their performances have included the War Requiem of Benjamin Britten and J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion. The choirs' repertoire is fully representative of the major styles of choral music from the sixteenth century up to the present day.

The Organ[edit]

The organ was built in 1887 by Gray & Davison. Rebuilt in 1925, it was then left largely unaltered until 1963 when another firm, J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd, undertook a major restoration. This rebuild changed the character of the organ but retained most of the original pipework and mechanism. The organ was last rebuilt by Trevor Crowe of Dublin in 2002.. Much of the original instrument's character was brought back by restoring the third manual. In addition, sophisticated technology was incorporated, allowing the player to program sequences of stops and pre-define stop combinations. The instrument was cleverly fitted into a relatively small chamber on the north side of the building.

The first radio broadcast of an organ recital at the church was made in 1935.[4]


  • William Henry Owen 1867 - 1883
  • J. C. Marks 1883 - 1884
  • William Henry Vipond Barry 1884 - 1938[4]
  • Edward Samson Fry 1938 - 1946
  • Alfred S. Burrowes 1946 - 1956
  • G. David Lee 1956 - 1970
  • David Milne 1970 - 1985
  • Malcolm Wisener 1985 - 2007 (subsequently organist of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral Cork)
  • Fraser Wilson 2008 - 2011
  • Tristan Russcher 2011 - present


  1. ^ A short account of Saint Bartholomew's Church, Dublin. A. H. Dawson, Dublin 1871
  2. ^ The Architecture of Deane and Woodward, Frederick O'Dwyer, Cork University Press, 1997 ISBN 0-902561-85-5 p399.
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