ST. VINCENT'S CHURCH

Unfortunately I could not gain access to the interior

SAINT VINCENT'S CHURCH - 2016 VISIT

Unfortunately I could not gain access to the interior of this magnificent church as it was closed for the day. I will try again at some later date. I did however manage to get it listed on Google Maps.

The early Gothic church of St Vincent's was designed by Sir John Benson and it is built mainly of red sandstone. It has a spectacular appearance when viewed from the Mardyke as it is built on a rocky outcrop of Sunday's Well.

If you are in Cork you should visit but be aware that it is not well served by public transport so be prepared for an uphill walk.

The site on which it is built was donated by Miss Mary MacSwiney who was a resident of the area. The foundation stone of the church was laid on 24 October 1851 by the Bishop of Cork William Delaney.

After much of the stonework had been completed and the church was partially roofed, disaster struck on 4 November 1853 when a severe storm destroyed the roof and blew down much of the stonework. The event evoked widespread sympathy and donations for rebuilding the church were made from many Irish dioceses and private individuals. On 20 July 1856 the solemn dedication of the completed church took place. St Vincent's Church was consecrated on 14 October 1906. The interior of the church had been greatly embellished in the fifty years since its dedication. St Vincent's became the parish church of Sunday's Well parish on 2 February 1972.

I was a bit surprised to discover that the adjoining Missionary House was sold to University College Cork in 2000.

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