Unitarian Church Cork
4th October 2012, Erin Flynn (left) and Fritz Spengeman (right) in the
Lord Mayor's Chambers to discuss the plans for the restoration
of the Unitarian Church, Princes Street, Cork which is almost 300 year old.
We appreciate the interest shown by Cork City Council.
Cork City Council
The Unitarian Church, a registered charity (CHY316), wish to apply for the restoration and refurbishment of the early 18th century Unitarian Church, Princes Street, Cork (a protected structure no. PS287) to provide for the continued religious observance and ancillary associated activities of the Unitarian Community, and provide a public lecture / event space for education, presentation, and exhibition as well as expanding the use to cover retail and cafe as required for the English Market, all in keeping with the ethos of the Unitarian Community.
The proposals include the provision of a pedestrian open air connection between the Unitarian Church and the English Market, Princes Street, Cork, (a protected structure no. PS302) by means of new doorways at ground and first floor level and a bridge and lift structure constructed in the grounds of the Unitarian Church.
The proposal includes the demolition of the existing English Market ESB substation/ switch room, staff and public toilets and managers office and reconstruction/relocation of same and the provision of universally accessible toilet facilities at first floor plus the provision of two extra trading stalls at ground floor.
The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the Planning Authority, City Hall, Cork, during its public opening hours 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays.
A submission /observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.
At an extraordinary meeting of Cork members in September 2011.
The members voted to change the name of the Church to:-
Unitarian Church, Princes Street, Cork.
During 2010 Cork congregation have recovered some of the Record Books dating from 1717, the Baptism Record has been transcribed onto an Excel sheet with over 4,000 entries and is now available on line.
The Synod of Munster appointed Rev.Bridget Spain as Minister in Charge to Cork Church on 26th May 2007.
Rev.Spain said in Oscailt Magazine ;
The future of the Cork Church is looking more and more positive.
At a meeting of the Synod of Munster in May 2007 I had the honour of being appointed
Minister in Charge of the Cork Congregation. I am looking forward to the task of supporting
the Cork Congregation in the months and years ahead. I have confidence in the Unitarian Church, Princes Street Cork.
Minister Dublin Unitarian Church
Minister in Charge Cork Unitarian Church
Rev.Bridget Spain was the assistant minister to Rev.Bill Darlison for three years at the Dublin church. Rev.Spain’s first address after Rev.Darlison retired Where to Now she said
“I hope that having worked with Bill for three years that in some way that I can provide a thread of continuity as we head into the future period of change. I have agreed with the managing committee that I will take two services each month, for a period of eighteen months until February 2012. The other services will be taken by members of the Congregation or by visiting Ministers. ”
At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Dublin congregation held in the church on Sunday 15th April 2012 and was well attended. As a result of this meeting the congregation issued a call to Rev Bridget Spain to continue in office as Minister to the Dublin Unitarian Church.
We offer our congratulations to Bridget on this appointment and wish her every success for the future.