Cork City

Cork Trinity Presbyterian Church

Located on Little William Street, Summerhill North. This church is set back from Summerhill North on top of a grassy bank. According to a Mr. Vincent Kerr, formally of the nearby Grovesnor Inn, McCurtain Street, the site was once used as a grazing ground by drovers, staying at his premises and bringing cattle to the docks.

The church was designed by Colin Tarring, a well known architect of many Protestant non- conformist church buildings in England. The building was completed in 1863 and it has been used for worship by a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ever since.

Interesting architectural features include the three stained glass windows which represent the Holy Trinity. The pipe organ was installed in 1904 by the Cork firm of Magahy and acoustics for choral music and instruments is excellent. A distinctive interior feature of the church is its lack of pillars.

There is a distinctive kink in the spire of the church and it is said that the workmen did this deliberately to spite the architect or else it was an accident through drunkenness! There is also a story that the architect hanged himself in the tower and although this is a good, though gruesome, story it is pure fiction. The building with its distinctive spire and green settings adds character to the neighbourhood.

The church is open for worship each Sunday at 11.45am.

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