DRUMCONDRA OLD CHURCH OF ST.GEORGE, Hill Street, Droim Conrach district area, Dublin. I shall be pleased if anyone would kindly correct the undermentioned draft article.Thankyou.
DRUMCONDRA OLD CHURCH OF ST.GEORGE, Hill Street, Droim Conrach (Drumcondra)area, Dublin.Often referred to as the "Old Church of St. George" in the Parish of St.Mary, Dublin [refer Google map St.Mary, Smithfield area].Old St. George's Church, built in 1698 in Lower Temple Street (now Hill Street) was commonly called "Little George's." [ref: Gilbert Library, Minutes of the Municipal Council of the City of Dublin 1891, 302; Gilbert Library, Dublin Corporation Reports 1892, vol.I, 370;1892 vol.II, 421-2 and 1894 vol.II, 505]. [The Irish Times, Nov 26 1894, 3; Dec 28 1898, 6].
Another source noted that it was built in 1668 as a chapel-of-ease to the Parish of St. Mary. [ref "New pocket picture of Dublin" second edition 1838, page 70]
The entrance was below an old square steeple, and the interior was adorned with monuments including one of Lady Galbraith. The cummunion-table was in a recess at the eastern end lit by a large circular-headed window.In the west over the entrance was a small gallery. [ref: "An Historical Guide to Ancient and Modern Dublin" by Rev. G.M. Wright, A.M. 1821].
The "new" St.George's Church was built at the end of "Upper Temple Street" and it's cemetery is 600yds further on at the rear of the Drumcondra Hospital. [Google map of Temple Street & Hill Street, Droim Conrach].
OLD CHURCH OF ST.GEORGE's GRAVEYARD, Hill Street. [ref: Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Government of Ireland, 25i map of 1906-9]. In 1894 the graveyard was converted into a recreation ground, as was St.Mary's Church graveyard now Wolfe Tone Park.The tombstones at St.George were all moved and placed along the walls of the play area, as were those of St.Marys placed by the wall of the adjoining park. The monuments at St.George were placed inside Old St.George's Church Tower.
BURIALS: At the time of the Union, Richard Kirwan refused a baronetcy.He was an Irish scientist and President of the Irish Academy in 1799.Kirwan died in June 1812 aged 79years and was buried in Hill Street, Dublin. [ref: Ballyturin House].
OTHER REFERENCES: Sean Murphy, Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies. "Dictionary of Dublin and it's neighbourhood" (1908) pp.109-110 by E. MacDowell Cosgrave, M.D., Member of Council, Royal Society and Leonard R. Strangways, M.A., Senior Moderator, Dublin University : M.R.I.A. "The Irish Builder" vol.XXXIV no.792 p.269. "The Irish Times", Dec 28 1898, 6; & Nov 26 1894, 3. Archiseek. Dublin geograph.ie "The tower of the former St. George's Church Hill Street". .......................................... Has anyone recorded gravestones from St.Mary's graveyard and were some used to pave footpaths in Dublin ?