OLD CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

OLD CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

OLD CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

I have always had problems photographing this because there are usually children playing in the area. Today I thought that my luck had changed but when I entered into the park-playground area I encountered a number of homeless people and as it would have been impossible not to include them in my photographs I decided that I should leave it until another day.

The Old Church of St. George, commonly called "Little George's" in Hill Street (formerly Temple Street Lower) Parish of St. Mary, Dublin was built in 1668 by the Eccles family for their workmen and also as a chapel-of-ease to the nearby St. Mary's Church. However, that St. Mary's Church was not St. Mary's Church, Dublin as its foundation stone was laid in 1700, and it was not St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin as it was dissolved in 1539. Therefore St George's church, Hill Street, may have been a Chapel-of-Ease to St. Michan's Church in Church Street.

The Tower of the old church is now in the Dublin City area, but in the past it was probably said to be in the Drumcondra area, the same as the New Church. The tower of the church is now classed as a "Protected Structure". The entrance was below an old square steeple or tower, about 40 feet in height. The interior of the tower is small and was adorned with a few monuments. The communion-table was in a recess at the eastern end lit by a large circular-headed window, with a monument to the memory of Lady Galbraith on its south side. In the west over the entrance was a small, badly lit gallery.

Richard Kirwan died in June 1812 aged 79 years and was buried in Old St George Church, where Mr. Pope, his butler, was buried a few years later in the same grave. Francis Tempest Brady, the father of the Lord Chancellor, and was also buried in the grave-yard.


Hill Street Family Resource Centre opened in 1999 and serves families living in North East Inner City of Dublin.

Hill Street FRC works from the definition of Family as ”a set of close personal relationships which connect people together, especially, but not exclusively parents and children”. Services focus on supporting families and individuals in reaching their life role potential and offer a programme of activities that include support groups, training programmes, parent & child groups and a counselling service. The Centre is funded by Government agencies: Family Support Agency, HSE, Pobal, and supported through local resources which include Dublin City Council, the CDVEC Adult Education, Catholic Youth Council and The Irish Youth Foundation. Hill Street has a Voluntary Board of Management comprising of local and professional people providing leadership, support and guidance to the work of the Centre and the staff team.


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