The Oratory is located on the Library Road, the entrance is beside the children ‘s playground.
A treasure of Dun Laoghaire, the Oratory of the Sacred Heart was created to celebrate the end of World War I. At the end of this war, a town in Northern France donated a statue of the Sacred Heart to the parish of Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) to commemorate the many local Irishmen who had fought and died in Flanders. At the beginning the statue was refused by the Christian Brothers and also the local parish church. Finally accepted by a sister in the Dominican Convent the statue was placed in an Oratory. Sister M.Concepta Lynch hand painted the wall behind the statue and the results were so impressive that she was asked to complete the rest of the Oratory, which she proceeded to do from 1920 until 1936 in the style of the Gaelic revival, using the symbols of Early Irish Christian Art. The stained glass windows were provided by the famous Harry Clarke Studio of Dublin.
It is the masterpiece of Sister Concepta Lynch, who devoted much of her spare time to decorating it with elaborate, colorful designs. The oratory remains well preserved and has won numerous architectural awards. There is also peace garden on the grounds.
Getting to the Oratory
You can reach the Oratory by public transport. It is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Dun Laoghaire DART station or any of the buses serving Dun Laoghaire (7, 7a, 8, 45a, 46a, 59, 75, and 111). You can use an online travel planner to find the best route for you.
The museum does not have its own parking; however there are a number of car parks nearby.
The Oratory is accessible by wheelchair.
This building is now preserved within an outer shell and is open to the public for a very limited period of time each year. It can be visited on special days during every season. (Opening details can be found on the event section of the Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown council website).
The Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown County Council
County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire
Tel: 087 226 5013