SAINT MUNCHIN'S CHURCH [CHURCH OF IRELAND]

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SAINT MUNCHIN'S CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCH


SORRY FOR THE DELAY
There are two churches near King John’s castle in Limerick and both are named ‘Saint Munchin’s’. The newer church is Roman Catholic while the church in my photographs is Church Of Ireland [no longer an active church]. During my visit one local insisted that it was a Roman Catholic church. Another local, recently returned from many years in the USA, said that when he was young it was known as the IRA church [I very much doubt this].

St. Munchin’s Church (Church of Ireland) built in 1827. Designed by The George and James Pain who gave the building a Gothic style. The four pinnacles at the top of the tower provide this church a distinguished aspect. The church is situated in King’s Island, between the Bishop’s Palace and the Villier’s Alms Houses. It was built in 1827 and was renovated in 1980 by the Limerick Civic Trust. It was a used for a period by the Island Theatre Company and is now used as a store for Limerick Civic Trust.

The old church of St. Munchin's is said to have been built in 561, and to have once been the cathedral of the diocese of Limerick. Saint Munchin, the first Bishop of Limerick, is supposed to have been buried in the churchyard. According to tradition the church was burned by the Danes.