Heritage Week August 27: From Georgian to Gothic – 1816 to 1916 in St Luke’s Douglas

*** This event will be held indoors and will go ahead regardless of the weather. ***

In 1874, the present-day St Luke’s Church was consecrated. This was the third church on the site, replacing a smaller building that had been completed in 1786, barely one hundred years previously. Why did the Church of Ireland parishioners of Douglas decide to rebuild their church? And why did they choose a Gothic style for the new building? This parish was one where parishioners responded to the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland with energy and vigour, renewing their building to mark a new type of church community. Fashion, theology and democracy drove these changes. This Heritage Week, take a tour of St Luke’s Church, exploring the stories of the lay women and men, and clergy, who shaped it’s history. See the memorials to significant parishioners, and hear about Hugh Lane’s connection to St Luke’s in Douglas.

Start is at 2.30 pm.

Heritage Trail Opening

On Saturday June 11 we are officially opening the Douglas Heritage Trail with a walk led by local historian Dr Aoife Bhreatnach. The walk will start at 11.30 am at the map board outside the Topaz station. The walk will lead us to some of the sites that form part of the trail and we expect to be finished just before 1pm. So, why not combine a visit to the Farmer Markets in Douglas with an interesting walk around the village?

And for more information about the trail see: http://douglastidytowns.ie/heritage-trail/

Afternoon Concert, May 8, Rochestown Park Hotel

Douglas Tidy Towns are hosting an Afternoon Concert on May 8 in the Rochestown Park Hotel. All proceeds of this concert will go to Varanasi Children’s Hospital India and Cork City Hospital Children’s Club.
The concert will feature
  • Eimear Collins (soprano)
  • Dan Twomey (tenor)
  • David Keating (guitarist)
  • Abby and Stephen (Trad. Folk)
  • David O’ Sullivan (piano)
  • Bernadette and Csheuli Gabuya (singers)
Start is at 3 pm and tickets (€15) are available from the Douglas Community Association, 021 489 4955 (mornings) or Marian 0876555752.
This concert is kindly supported by Douglas Village Shopping Centre.

Spring Clean 2016 Review

Big thanks to everyone who managed to help out with our Spring Clean this year. We counted 28 people including a 4-week old baby! We also had great support from a some local businesses: Barry’s, SuperValu, and McDonalds.

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Spring Clean 2016

This Saturday, April 23, is our Big Spring Clean. Please come along and give a hand and help us make Douglas an even more enjoyable place to live. We meet at 10.30 am outside the Douglas Community Centre and we estimate that we finish up at around 12.30 – just in time for lunch! We provide all the equipment needed.