One of Dublin’s largest Catholic churches is set to be demolished. The Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West opened in 1967, back when building large churches in Dublin was more usual than not.
The building is being torn down to make way for a much smaller building accommodating 350 worshippers instead of 3,500.
According to the Irish Times, the much smaller version of the church will allow social housing to be built alongside it.
The decline in regular Mass attendance in recent years have left churches such as that one underused and lacking in resources.
The parish priest, Fr Éamann Cahill, mentioned that this church had been a long time coming, and not without struggles.
“Following recent research, discussion and much analysis, the parish pastoral council, the finance committee and the parish team agreed that it would be best to replace the present church building with a new church.”
The new church building will include many pastoral facilities, such as meeting rooms, a coffee/tea dock and offices.