Whitechurch is located at the back of Marlay Park at the foot of the Dublin mountains. It derives it’s name from a small white church in Kilmashogue, built in the proximity of an ancient Cairn (which is now a protected monument). Little remains of the original church. It was designed by the famous Dublin architect John Semple. His other works include Monkstown Parish Church, St Maelruins in Tallaght, The Holy Trinty in Rathmines and Kilternan Parish Church. His style was ‘years ahead of the posse’ and  is described as late English Gothic. Many of Semple’s churches have distinctive pointed buttresses with tall gothic style doors. There is a Moravian cemetery in the area which was the burial ground for the Moravian community, a Protestant sect from what is now the Czech republic who arrived in Ireland in the 18th century. This community had a church in Kevin Street but it has now died out. The Augustinian Fathers have also been in this area for many years.

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