Posted by: marthabernie | May 15, 2015

St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Glasthule/Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

scan0046bThe church you see here was mostly built in the 1800’s following the Gothic style.  There has been a church here, however, for centuries.  Dun Laoghaire was also known as Dunleary and Dunlary before George IV arrived in 1821 and proclaimed that the town should be called Kingstown!  Once Ireland became a republic in 1922, the town reverted to its former name, which means Fort of Loegaire which refers to Leogaire Mac Neill, a High King of Ireland.  Dun Laoghaire has always been a major port entry from England, and the ferries ran back and forth from Holyhead in Wales until earlier this year when the route was cancelled.  If you want to go to Wales by ferry now, you have to go to the port of Dublin I am told.


  1. Hi Martha, this is actually a photo of St. Joseph’s church in Glasthule… I was married there in 1989, as were my parents in 1967! St. Michael’s is indeed the name of the Roman Catholic Church in nearby Dunlaoghaire.

    Great photos by the way!


    • Interesting because I used the information that was printed on the postcard image! I know St. Joseph’s well…my god daughter had her first communion and confirmation there but I never paid any attention to the name of the church….


  2. This is not St Michaels. It is st Josephs parish glastule. St Michaels was burnt down in 1965 and a totally new one built. Only the original spire remains.


    • Thanks for the information. I don’t have the card at hand but will definitely correct the information when I come across it. Thanks again.


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