ST. AUDEON’S CATHOLIC CHURCH ON HIGH STREET IN DUBLIN – THERE IS AN ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE SAME NAME NEARBY
St. Audeon’s Church, High Street
Monday to Friday at 1.15pm (English) and 7pm (Polish).
Confession at 6.30pm before Mass.
Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm.
Sunday Mass at 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm and 6pm.
St Audoen’s is the church of the parish of St Audoen that is located south of the River Liffey at Cornmarket in Dublin. The parish is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. There is an Anglican church of the same name adjacent to it. The church is now home to the Polish chaplaincy in Ireland.
The church was built between 1841 and 1847 to the neoclassical design of Patrick Byrne who also designed nearby St. Paul’s Church on Arran Quay and the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Adam and Eve’s) on Merchants Quay.The cornerstone was laid in July 1841. A founding member donor being Daniel O’Connell.
St. Audoen’s houses the National Shrine of St. Anne. The site on which the church is built formerly housed a college to accommodate the chaplains to the Guild of St Anne’s, originally known as Blakeney Inns and later St. Anne’s Inns. The statue of St. Anne was made by Deghini’s of Fishamble Street, Dublin, was donated by a Mrs. Kelly in 1919.
Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen’s Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. It is dedicated to St Ouen the 7th century bishop of Rouen and patron saint of Normandy. The Guild Chapel of St Anne houses an award-winning exhibition on the importance of St Audoen’s Church in the life of the medieval city. Visitors to St Audoen’s will see the part of the church still in use by the Church of Ireland as a parish church. They can also view the 17th century memorials to the Sparke and Duff families and the 15th century effigial tomb to Baron Portlester and his wife.