St. Kevin's Church (Eaglais Naomh Caoimhín), in St. Kevin's Park, Camden Row, Dublin, Ireland, is a church dating back at least as far as the 13th century, and was dedicated to Kevin of Glendalough.Work out when and for how long to visit St Kevins Park and other Dublin attractions using our handy Dublin online visit planner .
The church was first mentioned in historical annals in 1226. It was situated some distance from the walls of Dublin, in the Irish part of the city, but close to a monastic settlement in the region of present-day Aungier Street. From the 13th century it formed part of the Manor of St. Sepulchre, which was directly under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Dublin. An archaeological excavation carried out in 1967 uncovered some medieval graves and coins. The present ruined church, built on the foundation of the medieval one, dates to around 1750.
The church is the burial place of Archbishop Dermot O'Hurley (Diarmaid Ó hUrthuile), who was interred here after his execution on 20 June 1584 at Hoggen Green. O'Hurley, ordained Archbishop of Cashel in 1581, was imprisoned and tortured by government authorities upon his return from Rome in 1583. His grave became a place of veneration for Roman Catholics for several hundred years. In 1609, in view of the throngs of pilgrims coming to his grave, the church was rebuilt and a new entrance was made.
In the early years of the Irish Confederate Wars (1641 - 1649) incursions were made into the church lands surrounding St. Kevin's by bands of Confederate soldiers stationed in Wicklow. Trenches were dug near the church to help protect the city, but the marauders were able to make off with cattle, horses and the occasional merchant who was unlucky enough to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, all of which they transported into the "wilds of Wicklow". Despite cease-fires being arranged, this situation continued until the Battle of Rathmines sealed the fate of the Irish and Royalist forces.
St Kevins Park Reviews
This park is built around a church that was created as an homage to St. Kevin's compound at the Monastic City at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. If you are lucky the park will be open and you'll be able to ... more »
I don't know where the pictures are from that were posted here, but the St. Kevin's Park on Camden is a tiny park that used to be a cemetery. They moved the bodies, but many of the old tombstones rema... more »
Great park. A hidden gem located near the heart of the city. A truly historic relic of an old church is surrounded by some important graves and gravestones. The park has the history of Saint Kevin’s Park posted on a sign by the entrance. It is a quiet and peaceful place to rest in DUBLIN.
Visited the park, a part of a ghost (bus) tour. The now park was once a porpers grave yard several hundred years ago mostly full of 28 century plage bodies and some higher ranking church officials, and the shell of a burned our church that our tour guide Vicent explained was where The Duke of Wellington was baptised. Anyway the graves were cleared by the local council and the place turned into quite park. Vincent told us many ghost stores about the place and who grave robbers took bodies with a mini sized coffin and tour volunteers laying in a the demo coffin. The park is well maintained if you need a quite effective moment, but a little out of the way.
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