Findlater's Church

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The present Abbey Church at Parnell Square in Dublin City centre was constructed thanks to the generosity of Dublin wine merchant Alexander Findlater who paid for the construction of the building. It has a 55 meter spire and is referred to in the works of James Joyce.

The Abbey Church in Dublin City’s Parnell Square is often referred to as Findlater's Church in honour of its benefactor, Alexander Findlater. The wine merchant donated money to purchase the land and build the Gothic style, Presbyterian church, which opened in 1864. James Joyce refers to Findlater’s Church in two of his works.

The reconstituting and renaming of the congregation came as a direct result of the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath. In the course of a century and a half, Abbey Church has gone through several name changes, including, Rutland Square Presbyterian, Abbey Presbyterian and colloquially as Findlater’s Church.

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