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1843 – St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin

Architect: James Bolger


After a tragic accident where masonry collapsed into a makeshift chapel, there was a groundswell of opinion towards the Catholics building new churches in Dublin. A site was procured in Townsend Street and construction work for the new church began. The building was well progressed when a new and better site was proposed at Westland Row. Controversy ensued until agreement was reached at a public meeting with Daniel O’Connell present.

The architect appointed to design the church was James Bolger. However, he may have used plans for the previous church which had been designed by John Leeson. Assistance was received from Francis Johnston and James Lever. The exterior of the church has a Doric portico with a Portland stone statue of St. Andrew, sculpted by John Smith