guinness and traditional irish dance in an eighteenth century dublin church


One of the more interesting locations in Dublin for a pint and some traditional Irish music and dancing is “The Church – café, restaurant, bar and tourist attraction” at the junction of Mary Street and Jervis Street in the city center.

The Church, or St. Mary’s Church, is a former Church of Ireland building and from the early eighteenth century was a place of worship for parishioners on Dublin’s north side until 1986 when it was deconsecrated.

From as early as the twelfth century the north side of Dublin was served by the parish of St. Michans and the abbey of St. Mary. After the monasteries were dissolved the parish of St. Mary’s was formed. Construction began on the current church structure in 1700 designed in 1697 by Sir William Robinson. Among the thousands of notable Irishmen and women baptized, married or buried there was Arthur Guinness, who was married in St Mary’s in 1761.

Today, among the faded Ten Commandments and with a one story pipe organ looking down on you, you can have a pint and enjoy some traditional and quite impressive Irish music and dancing at 7:30pm four nights a week [Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday].

So, when in Dublin, get thee to church lest ye be sober.