History of St. Patrick’s Church

St Patrick's Church by day

The existing building dates from the late 17th or early 18th century. There may also have been an earlier twin aisled medieval church on the site as can be seen on older maps of the city. Indeed, there is some evidence based on the name of the church and archaeological discoveries that an ecclesiastical settlement may have existed on the site since early medieval or pre-Viking times.

St. Patrick’s was situated just inside the old city walls which form the western boundary of the site. The St. Patrick’s Gate entrance to the city, from which we get our name, was situated near the south-western side of the graveyard. Also attached to this part of the sitewere the former City and County Gaol, and a medieval citadel St. Patrick’s Fort. The ruins of these were demolished in the 1960’s to make way for the present Garda Station.

During the Reformation the church was damaged and changed ownership between the Catholic and Reform parties. It became the home of the Presbyterian congregation in 1964. Today it houses an ecumenical and multi-national congregation under Methodist care as well as the new gateway centre