St. Mary’s Church, Howth
St. Mary's Church is located near the entrance to the grounds of Howth Castle. A first church was built on this site in 1816 to house the congregation that had previously worshipped at Howth Abbey, in the town centre, and then in the chapel of Howth Castle. Again it was replaced by yet another church in 1866, and this is the one that is still in use today. The church is open to visitors in the summertime, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekdays, and it apparently boasts many stained glass windows, including one where you can see the Earl of Howth's coat-of-arms. Unfortunately, we were not there during visiting hours, but after stopping by Howth Abbey and Howth Castle's chapel, it was kind of nice to see where the wandering Howth congregation had finally landed!
There is another St Mary’s Church, a newer one, in Howth. It is situated just where the road leads up to Howth Castle.
A church was first built at this site in 1816, but it was replaced by the present in 1866. The church has some fine glass stained windows and it is built in the style of an English 13th century church. It was closed when I visited.
The ruins of St Mary’s Church is situated above the harbour, and from here the view is nice over the boats, piers and the island (Irelands Eye). The earliest church was built on this site in 1042, but was later replaced and modified during 14th - 16th centuries. Around the ruins there is a graveyard. Inside the ruins is the tomb of the 13th Baron of Howth, Christopher St Lawrence, and his wife. The tomb dates from the 1460s.
This was built in 1866, just before you come into Howth village.
I don't have much to say about this church. It is Anglican and I am not, so I have not been inside the church.
However I do think it looks incredibly romantic and charming.
Directions: Just before the entrance for Deerpark
St. Mary's Church is a cute little church. It's close to Howth Castle so definitely give it a look. I fell in love with pretty wildflowers on the grounds and the moss on the church.
It's funny how everyone who has written a tip on St. Mary's Church all have the same sort of picture. Great minds think alike.
Directions: From the DART station entrance, go to the right, cross the road and after 200 meters go left. You'll see a sign for the church on the left.
Not too much to do around here; there's a hall next to it where they displayed local art when we were there.
But I just wanted to put up this picture; I love the fall colours in it! Although it's actually taken at the end of August...
Directions: DART station to the right, same way as the Castle, but when you're in the Castle lane, just follow the signs for St. Mary's Church.
Probably you will not notice them on the thumbnail (nor even if you enlarge the picture), but the top of St. Mary’s church campanile is the home for a handful of scary gargoyles. I was greatly surprised to find such ornaments in the supposedly humble church of the little village of Howth and not in the imposing cathedrals of the capital Dublin. Maybe the little beasts don’t like the ambience of the bustling big city ;-)