ST FINBARR’S SOUTH
The church in Dunbar Street, St Finbarr’s (South), is a fairly austere building. Then, I suppose, if I’d been around since 1766, I’d be looking fairly austere too! It is the oldest catholic church in use in the city and the plain Georgian building is better known as the South Chapel and is built with limestone and red sandstone.
St. Finbarr's (South) Church is the oldest Catholic Church in use in Cork City (since 1766).
Inside, you may see its most famous feature, John Hogan's fine carving in Carrara marble of the Dead Christ. Hogan, born in Tallow, made three versions of the scene.
If you are from this area and wish to trace your ancestors then you are in luck as records of baptism and marriages celebrated in this church from second half of the 18th century are computerised. Visitors welcome or try the Internet: http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie/
Check out my review of St Finbarr's South Parish - I am cork - on Qype