a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

A small but significant detail above,  from the lovely little 1904 map by RISA scholar and historian Leonard R Strangeways. This magical map, is an excellent guide to understanding old Dublin,  in the years before the Wide Streets Commission.  We use it because it’s one of the best and clearest illustrations to understand the shape… Read More a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

Story of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Part 3: Anglo-Normans, and the story of the 2 cathedrals.

The story of The Two cathedrals, Background.  There are two bits of background we have to know to understand the twist. First of all, in 1163,  the Irish archbishop of Dublin Laurence O’Toole made Christ Church cathedral a Priory Order.  This essentially meant Christ Church became a sort of Abbey or Monastery, ruled by Augustan… Read More Story of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Part 3: Anglo-Normans, and the story of the 2 cathedrals.

Saint Patrick’s History, 4: Richard Boyle, earl of Cork, power, politics and intrigue in Elizabethan & Stuart Ireland.

In a series of three seperate earlier posts, we’ve looked at the history of Dublin’s cathedral of Saint Patrick’s, from the early Christaina era,  in one post, to the Viking ear in another, and finally to the Anglo-Normans, and “the story of the two cathedrals”. It’s all a long, immense, complex web of religious and… Read More Saint Patrick’s History, 4: Richard Boyle, earl of Cork, power, politics and intrigue in Elizabethan & Stuart Ireland.

The Origins of Saint Patricks cathedral – part one. 430AD to the early Celtic church.

Important Note 2:  Note on photography, maps, and image credits.  all photographs in this article are by the author, unless otherwise noted.  I’m not precious about it but if you wish to use an image please contact me and if I provide permission naturally I’d like to get a basic acknowledgement and credit and please provide a link… Read More The Origins of Saint Patricks cathedral – part one. 430AD to the early Celtic church.

The Portlester Tomb, Saint Audoen’s Church, Dublin.

photo credit,  Con O’Donoghue. (copyright 2012) Saint Audoen’s is ancient in origin.   A church dedicated to St Collum Cile stood here in the early Christian era.  It was re-founded in the early Norman period,  and re-dedicated, this time to Saint “Audoen”   Despite centuries of religious turmoil and war in Ireland, it has not… Read More The Portlester Tomb, Saint Audoen’s Church, Dublin.