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Our Pipe Organ

Region Co. Dublin – County
John White (c.1880)
Derek Verso (1991)

This organ was built by John White of Dublin in the 1880s, but was rebuilt with some tonal alterations by Derek Verso and Company in 1991. At that time the swell mechanism was balanced, although still operated by lever, and the pedal board replaced with a modern one. There are two composition pedals. It is a solidly built little organ with real presence in this gorgeous church, possessed

Father Desmond Forristal R.I.P.

‘I think it was when he came here to Dalkey in 1985 that Des really came into one of the happiest periods of his life. He loved Dalkey and Dalkey loved him. The parishioners here came to appreciate the sense of spirituality that radiated from him. He had a calm quiet presence that touched everyone in this church. Not many knew that he had the Blessed Sacrament in an upstairs room in his house and he began every day by bringing up a mug of coffee and spending time there in prayer and reading. It was this that enabled him to maintain his contemplative presence in the heart of a busy parish – it was the essence of his being.’ Homily  for Des Forristal by Dermod McCarthy