St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin
St Werburgh's Church
Dublin is not short of ecclesiastical sites to visit but by far my favourite is this often overlooked church, a mere minute's walk from Christchurch Cathedral. For those interested in Dublin's rich and troubled history there is much to see and contemplate within its walls. Here lies the nationalist Lord Edward Fitzgerald, and ironically, not too far from his body lies that of the man who shot him - Major Sirr. Dublin legend has it that the statues of the angels above the altar, commissioned shortly after the Easter Rising of 1916 and created by sympathetic stone masons, depict many of the faces of the executed rebels! Keen eyed visitors who note that the church contains the base of a spire but nothing above it may be interested in learning that the original spire was dismantled in 1836 for 'safety reasons'. ie. The Castle authorities deduced that it was an excellent vantage point from which to spy on (or snipe at) the British officials! :o) Oh and by the way, straight across the road from the church is Dublin's most famous (and best value) chipper (fish'n'chip shop) - Leo Burdock's!