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St Ann's Church, Cork: 20 reviews and 48 photos

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by suvanki

This Irish Protestant church is one of Irelands most famous Christian landmarks. It has an interesting history, plenty of folklore, views from the top of its tower, a legendary curator, and a chance to try your hand at campanology!

From the outside, there are quite a few things to note.

Since Medieval times there has been a place of worship on this site, originally dedicated to St Mary. Recorded as St Mary on the Mountain in the decretals of Pope Innocent 3rd in 1199!
This building was destroyed during the Williamite wars and the siege of Cork in 1690. It was re built 3 years later on the nearby Mallow Lane, which is now Shandon Street.
In 1722, the present church was rebuilt, and dedicated to St Anne.

The badge of Cork has a background of red and white- which is a representation of the church. If you look at the tower, it is constructed of two types of stone. The red sandstone from Shandon castle, and the white (cream) limestone retrieved from the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey which stood on the North Mall. I'm afraid that my pics don't show the different stonework.

The church towers base is 120 feet tall, above this is the 50 ft 'pepper pot'
The walls are 7 ft thick!

Topping the tower is a 13 ft weather vane in the shape of a gold coloured salmon, known locally as 'De Goldie Fish'- this represents both the Christian symbol of the fish, and the local River Lee, where salmon swim (and are fished) . The weather vane isn't solid gold- just painted in gold leaf.
In Irish Mythology the salmon was the "Fish of Knowledge".

Address: The Shandon side of town
Phone: +353 21 450 5906
Website: http://www.shandonbells.ie/st-annes-church.html

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2008
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