OR IS IT A MINI-SPIRE SCULPTURE
I asked a few people about this and no one could tell me anything about this spike other than that some locals call it the “Mini Spire”. Actually, most the people had not noticed it until I asked them if they knew what it was.
Making a guess I would say that it is there to protect the wall behind it.
Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church is a Roman Catholic church in Dublin, Ireland maintained by the Carmelite order. The church is noted for having the relics of Saint Valentine, which were donated to the church in the 19th century by Pope Gregory XVI from their previous location in the cemetery of St. Hippolytus in Rome.
The church is on the site of a pre-Reformation Carmelite priory built in 1539. The current structure dates from 1825 and was designed by George Papworth, who also designed St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. It was extended and enlarged in 1856 and 1868.
The church also contains relics of St. Albert, a Sicilian who died in 1306. On his feast day (7 August), a relic of the saint is dipped into the water of St. Albert’s Well, and the Carmelites say that those who piously use the water receive healing of both body and mind through the intercession of St. Albert.
The church also contains a life-size oak figure of Our Lady of Dublin.
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