A Flower Festival in Dublin’s inner city.

An imposing nineteenth century granite Church, St Joseph’s, in Dublin’s inner city is the setting for a Flower Festival in honour of the Spanish saint, St Theresa of Avila, born 500 years ago.

St Joseph's Church seen from Blessington Street Basin park.

St Joseph’s Church seen from Blessington Street Basin park.

This Gothic Revival Church is known for its ornate interior and many shrines but the current display of flowers is spectacular and well worth a visit. The Church is opposite Ireland’s main hospital, the Mater Misericordiae (mentioned by Buck Mulligan in Joyce’s “Ulysses”) and is often a welcome retreat for families of patients.

St Joseph's Church Flower Festival, Dublin

The idea for the Flower Festival came from the parishioners and was funded and created by them and is incredibly impressive in so many of its details,

St Joseph's Church, Dublin

from the bold arrangements on the many shrines and altars,

St Joseph's Flower Festival

A Dublin Flower Festival

St Joseph's Flower Festival

to intricate detailing like minute dangling flower vases,

Dublin Flower Festival

and the colourful mosaics reflected in the arrangements.

Dublin Flower Festival

Garlands and hanging baskets hang from the Choir loft,

Dublin Flower Festival

which overlooks the polished aisle and bedecked altar.

St Joseph's Church, Phibsborough

What I loved was the individuality of each arrangement, the choice of flowers and colours.

Dublin Flower Festival

Dublin Flower Festival

Dublin Flower Festival

But what I liked most of all was the lack of commercialism – this was the initiative of those living in the area, who raised the funds and made the displays and water them daily; who do it for the sheer joy it brings for them and for their visitors. Entrance is free.

Dublin Flower Festival

 

Good to see Dublin’s inner city community spirit alive and thriving.

 

 

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