Monday, July 27, 2015

Ireland, Day 15: Dublin - St. Nicholas of Myra and the Guinness Storehouse

My parents came to Dublin for the day, and our first stop was the church of St. Nicholas of Myra - the Francis Street Church in which my great=grandparents (Peter Paul Hynes and Catherine Walsh) were married in 1897; my grandfather (Thomas Joseph Hynes) was baptized in the same church in September 1910.

The church stands near the site of a Franciscan Friary, which lay outside city walls during medical times and gave its name to the street; the present church was built during 1829 and 1934. St. Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of the church, and is represented in the church by a statue showing the three gold bags which indicate his role as Santa Clause, and in a stained glass window in which the saint holds a model of the church building in the crook of his arm. At his feet is an anchor which marks him as the patron of seafaring folk, the reason for a probable link with early Dublin.

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Even the ceiling was beautifully decorated.

From Ireland (2015)

My grandfather had been born down the street, and my great-grandmother had also lived in the area; it's not a part of Dublin with which I'm at all familiar, so it was wonderful that my mother could fill me in on some family history. We met a gentleman at the church who was there to close it for the day, but he was extremely friendly and encouraged us to walk around and talk pictures, and chattered at us as we walked around. Apparently one can get copies of marriage and baptism certificates from before 1911; the baptism certificate would have also listed my grandfather's sponsors, so that might be something to look into.

The church was a short walk from the main purpose of my parents' visit: the Guinness Storehouse, where we walked through a rather nice tour of the history of the Guinness factory and the process by which the beer is made. And of course it came with a beer at the end.

From Ireland (2015)


From Ireland (2015)

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