Thursday Doors

If you’ve seen last week’s Thursday Doors you’ll know it featured the doors of Dundalk in County Louth. As we drove through the town I managed to snap a few more shots from the car. The colours in this first one is how it looked at the time and there were no festive lights on, as it was daytime – just nature’s wonderful display.

The sandstone entrance to the grounds of St. Patrick’s Church (also known as a pro cathedral) is almost as impressive as the building itself. It’s wall and arches are much more weathered than the church, giving it an older appearance.

procathedral is a parish church that is temporarily serving as the cathedral or co-cathedral of a diocese or has the same function in a Catholic missionary jurisdiction that is not yet entitled to a proper cathedral, such as an apostolic prefecture or apostolic administration. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Thomas Duff was the architect who chose the Gothic design. The church dates from 1837 but was extensively renovated in 1894. Building came to a halt during the years of the Great Hunger and was resumed in 1860. The adjoining tower was added in 1903.

Just in front of the cathedral stands a monument. The main plaque is inscribed “In memory of Captain James Joseph Kelly, Gerald Hughes, James Crosby and James Murphy who lost their lives in a noble and humane effort to rescue the crew of the Barque Mary Stoddard wrecked in Dundalk on the 9th April 1858.”

Catherine Mcgrother, the twelve year old daughter of a local fisherman, witnessed the tragic events from the shores of Blackrock, as so many tried to rescue the remaining crew of the stricken vessel during a raging storm that lasted five bitter cold days. She was my great great grandmother and on her 100th birthday, she recited a poem someone had written about the tragedy. Along with the four volunteer rescuers who perished, nine of the ship’s crew lost their lives in that storm.

Most of the buildings in the town are very well maintained with lots of period features still intact. Many business premises have also kept up a traditional appearance, even if they have unusual names.

I love the shutters on this one and it has two red doors.

As we finished our drive through the town the colourful sky continued to draw my eye. Reflected in the car’s side mirror are some of the doors I missed because of it.

However, here’s one that didn’t escape my notice.

I hope you enjoyed this historical tour of Dundalk this week, thanks for your company. Norm has links to lots more Thursday Doors over on his blog.

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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