Wednesday, 17 February 2010


Down river from St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, on the opposite bank, stands the Capuchins’ Holy Trinity Church, classified architecturally as Regency Gothic-style with Gothic-Revival portico. Its location makes it one of the most viewed, not necessarily the best known, of the many churches in the city.

The river side site was selected by Fr Matthew and the foundation stone was laid in October 1832 but lack of funds and other practical difficulties meant that the church was unfinished when consecrated 18 years later.

In the early 1890s, Dominic Coakley's successful design reduced the scale of G.R. Pain's original plan; the Holy Trinity, now boasting a spire and facade, was finally completed.

The church contains stained glass panels by the Harry Clarke studios and the stained glass window memorial to Daniel O'Connell behind the high altar. The Capuchins themselves are proud of replica of the Damiano Crucifix.

Check out my review of Holy Trinity Church - I am cork - on Qype

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