Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stations of the Cross installed in Gormanstown

Some of the recently-installed Stations.
A set of Stations of the Cross acquired from a closed-down convent in Dublin have been installed in Gormanstown Church, writes Brian Byrne.

The Stations came from the Sisters of Charity Convent and Chapel in Gardiner Street, which dated back to Victorian times and was put up for sale in 2016.

In due course, there will be a dedication ceremony of the Stations in Gormanstown, to the Sisters of Charity.

Meantime, the church has recently been painted by John Dunne and Alfie Haslam. Artistic lettering and other details within the church have also been refurbished by artist Gale Pullen, recently retired from teaching at the Kildare Steiner School.

Gormanstown Church itself was built around 1830 and pre-dates the Parish Church in Kilcullen. It is assessed as being typical of churches built in Ireland around the period of Catholic Emancipation, and retains many of its original features and materials, including the slate roof and fine-cut granite bell-cote.

The simplicity of the interior is a particular attraction, and allows the newly-installed Station to be viewed without distraction.

Pictures by Peter Moloney.