This series of photographs was taken close to St. Luke's Church in Cork
Usually when I visit Cork City I stay at the Gresham Metropole Hotel but this time I decided to try The Gabriel House Hotel which is ideally located for those wanting to explore Cork city and surroundings. The hotel is close to the heart of Cork city and the bus and train stations are a short walk. Gabriel House
a few yards downhill from St Luke's Church
which is the most imposing building in the area.
The Church of Ireland church is built mainly of sandstone quarried nearby on the Ballyhooly Road and capped by a tall limestone steeple. The present spire replaced an older one which is now to be seen on the Catholic church at Innishannon.
Saint Luke's Church was the third church to stand on the site. The two previous churches, which served as chapels-of-ease to Saint Anne's Shandon, were demolished as they could not cope with the increasing population of the area in the mid 19th century. Sir John Benson and William Hill designed the church in the Romanesque style. It was consecrated on 14 January 1875 and was the first church built by the Church of Ireland after the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland Act of 1869.
The church was destroyed by fire on 9 February 1887 and was replaced by a new church designed by Hill which was consecrated on 8 February 1889.
The final act of worship in Saint Luke's took place on 2 March 2003. The parish merged once again with Saint Anne's, Shandon parish. The 1889 church now serves as a cultural centre.