DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 29 ON ORMOND QUAY - AT GRATTAN BRIDGE

DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 29 ON ORMOND QUAY - AT GRATTAN BRIDGE

There was once a Presbyterian Church at this location and even though I went to school in the city centre I do not remember ever seeing it.

There was a congregation of Presbyterians, many of Scottish extraction, around Ormond Quay (then called Usher's Quay) since the early 18th century, a Mr. Arbuckle being the first minister. The construction of the church was financed by a bequest from a widow, Martha Maria Magee (née Stewart) from Lurgan, County Armagh, who had moved to Dublin. She had inherited a large sum of money from her brothers, both soldiers.The church was designed by architect Edward P. Gribbon and erected in 1847. It was enlarged to the design of the same architect in 1859.

In 1938 the Ormond Quay congregation merged with the Abbey Street congregation. Ormond Quay became the home of the Dublin City Mission of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland until the late 1940s when it was acquired by Dublin Corporation under compulsory purchase.

In the 1960s the church building was damaged by fire, and the upper section was removed by Dublin Corporation. In 1989 the ground floor facade was incorporated into a new office building erected on the site.
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