Wednesday, June 01, 2011

On Guard

People go to great lengths to protect their stock of booze. This guy is standing guard over the Guinness mortuary chapel in All Saints' Church in Raheny. As far as I can see, he is the only gargoyle on the outside of the church.

As well as the remains of Lord and Lady Ardilaun the chapel contains a special can of Guinness (below) commemorating that brewery's 250th anniversary at James's Gate in 2009.

The dragon above has been on guard for nearly a century and a quarter, but the piece of Sharia law below has just been introduced into the Supervalu off-licence in Raheny.

It would need to be a very very Good Friday!


  1. I have just read Arthur Garrett's excellent history of All Saints' Church and Raheny Parish, and found out that the mortuary chapel was an addition some two years after the dedication of the new church.

    This might explain why it has the only gargoyle around.

  2. In fact, when you think of it, this chapel, with the dual sarcophagus and the can of beer, has multiple layers of protection.

    First the curse on the wall, then the gargoyle, and finally, a massive steel door.

    A serious effort to Rest in Peace.