Sunday, 26 September 2010

ST AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH

The North Window
The South Window


ST AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH 
The Augustinians, named after the famous Bishop of Hippo (Algeria) who died in 430AD, have been in Cork since the late 13th century; their original base was in what is now known as the Red Abbey.

The present church structure in Washington Street was built in 1942 and further extended in 1972 with the priory being re-built in 1982.

St Augustine's welcomed Culture Night visitors recently and I took advantage to have a look. Of course, you are welcome to call during opening hours any day.

There is quite a lot of artwork throughout the church and if you wish to know more then you will get plenty of information on the excellent website below.

Highlights are undoubtedly the two large solid coloured glass windows by Gabriel Loire (1904-96) from Angers in France. The North Window symbolises the interior life of the Church while the South symbolises the expansion of the Church.

Sporting artist Christy Ring was also associated with the church and in 1954 he volunteered his 8th All-Ireland medal to be added to an artistic chalice of St Augustine’s.

There is also a well stocked shop here that sells a wide range of religious items and books included quite a few Augustinian themed gifts and books. 


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