United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough



St Mary’s Crumlin to launch new art project to tell the stories of the parish

All are welcome to attend the launch on March 9.

St Mary’s Parish Crumlin has announced the launch of a new art project set to capture the memories and stories of St Mary’s parishioners in clay.  The project is being  supported by a grant from Dublin City Council’s Neighbourhood/Voluntary Arts Scheme and by Ulster University.

The sanctuary of St Mary's Church, Crumlin, with the carved pulpit. Photo credit: Ros Kavanagh
The sanctuary of St Mary's Church, Crumlin, with the carved pulpit. Photo credit: Ros Kavanagh


Dublin City Council Historian in Residence, Cathy Scuffil will launch the new art project for the parish on Thursday March 9 at 8pm in the church. As part of the launch, Cathy will give a talk on one of her great passions: Dolphin’s Barn bricks. St Mary’s Parish Church is the last building to have been constructed with these local bricks. As such, the talk in the church is a ‘dream come true’ for Cathy.

The aim of St Mary’s new art project is to create panels reflecting life in the parish over the years. Starting this month, ceramicist and Ulster University lecturer, Michael Moore will work with parishioners old and young, of long–standing and new to the parish, to gather information and memories and support the creation of works in clay that tell those stories. This approach mirrors one taken at the time of the building of St Mary’s. The pulpit is decorated with small carvings which reflect life in the parish at that time. There will be an exhibition of the finished ceramic panels created by the parishioners and Michael at the end of the year.  

Rector of St Mary’s Crumlin, the Revd Ruth Noble stated: ‘We are delighted that Michael approached St Mary’s after attending a talk by Cathy about Dolphin Barn Bricks. Now, everything has come together and we look forward to an invigorating project that captures and celebrates the life of our community past and present’.

If you would like more information about the art project or, as a past or potential future parishioner of St Mary’s, like to get involved in the project, please contact the Revd Ruth Noble e: or ph: 087 052 3450. The launch and talk will take place on Thursday March 9 at 8pm in St Mary’s Church and is open to everyone.


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