United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough


20th – 22nd August

Disestablishment 150 Heritage Week Walking Tours

Disestablishment 150 Heritage Week Walking Tours


Tuesday, 20th August – 3pm to 4.30pm

Thursday 22nd August – 3pm to 4.30pm

Meeting Point: Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, at the labyrinth in the grounds

A walking tour with Dr Michael O’Neill FSA (architectural historian) discussing the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland 150 years ago, and looking at the Cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s and adjacent parish churches and how they reflect this event.

While Disestablishment was primarily a political, social, and indeed religious event – a former established Church being made a voluntary one – buildings can help flesh out this story. Cathedrals in particular were restored or rebuilt first as a bulwark against Disestablishment – St Patrick’s in Dublin was extensively restored and St Fin Barre’s in Cork was entirely rebuilt. Christ Church Cathedral was restored after Disestablishment as an encouragement to the newly voluntary church.

The tour will be free of charge but places are limited and booking is required. Please contact Caoimhe Leppard at caoimhe.leppard@rcbdub.org or on 00 353 (0)1 4125 608.