St. Audoen's Church, Dublin

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St Audoen's Church is the church of the parish of Saint Audoen in the Church of Ireland, located south of the River Liffey at Cornmarket in Dublin, Ireland. This was close to the centre of the medieval city. The parish is in the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. St Audoen's is the oldest parish church in Dublin and still used as such. There is a Roman Catholic church of the same name adjacent to it.
The church is named after St Ouen (or Audoen) of Rouen (Normandy), a saint who lived in the seventh century and was dedicated to him by the Anglo-Normans, who arrived in Dublin after 1172. It was erected in 1190, possibly on the site of an older church dedicated to St. Columcille, dating to the seventh century. Shortly afterwards the nave was lengthened (but also made narrower) and a century later a chancel was added.
In 1430 Henry VI, Lord of Ireland, authorised the erection of a chantry here, to be dedicated to St Anne. Its founders and successors were to be called the Guild or Fraternity of St Anne, usually called Saint Anne's Guild. Six separate altars were set up in this chapel and were in constant use, financed by the wealthier parishioners. In 1485 Sir Roland Fitz-Eustace, Earl Portlester, erected a new chapel next to the nave, in gratitude for his preservation from shipwreck near the site.
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  • A lovely medieval church restored and still functioning as a Christian Church.See the old walls of Dublin, a portion of an excavation showing a typical stone coppel original street of many centuries a...  more »
  • One of Dublin's few medieval churches, now surrounded by a park renovated in 2019 through which the only gate kept in the city walls is passed. A free visit with a very good welcome. To do especially by going to the Guinness Storehouse or on the road to Saint Patrick Cathedral.
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  • Part of the oils city wall the church is a by good example of semi Gothic building that we visited as part of a Dublin ghost tour, our guide Vincent showed and told the group about the "white lady" a lady that got entombed there while still alive and was an by a grave robber who was trying to chop off her wedding ring. It was said that when the lady still in here white wedding dress found her way home, here husband did not except here back and she was left to wonder. After her husband died see was said to have searched the have yard but did not find him and the ghost still roams the have yard looking. A chilly story among others told by Vicent. The ghost trip is worth a visit in a specially designed blanked out bus.
  • Profound and ethereal experience. Beautiful environment in one of the loveliest places. A firm recommendation.
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