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Renmore Garrison Church, also known as the Renmore Barracks Church, is a 19th century church which is located within the Renmore military barracks, once the largest military base in Ireland. The church was commissioned by Colonel Hercy, the commander of the 88th Regiment of Foot, also known as the Connaught Rangers, in 1857, who considered the soldiers unpleasant march, especially in winter, into Galway town for mass as great hardship – considering the men would have to remain in potentially wet garments for the rest of their service.

As a result, Col. Hercy, for consideration of his men, conceived the idea of building a chapel on the grounds at Renmore, just adjacent to the barracks. The church was designed by William Caldbeck, a prominent architect who also worked on the Galway Courthouse and the Galway Cathedral.

The church is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, with a cruciform plan, a central tower, lancet windows, and a rose window above the main entrance. The interior features a wooden vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, marble altars, and carved wooden pews. The church also contains several memorials and plaques dedicated to the soldiers who served and died in various wars and campaigns, such as the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer War, and the First World War.

The church is still in use by the Irish Defence Forces, who hold regular services and ceremonies there. The church is also open to the public on certain occasions, such as Heritage Week and Culture Night. Visitors can admire the beauty and history of the church, as well as learn more about the military heritage of Galway and Ireland. The church is located on Old Dublin Road, about 3 km from the city centre. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.

The Renmore Garrison Church is a hidden treasure that is not only a place of worship, but also a place of remembrance and reflection. It is a testament to the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the Irish army and its predecessors. It is also a showcase of the artistic and architectural skills of its creators.


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