St.Laurence O'Toole
Born in 1128 and died in 1180, his feast day is on the 14th November.
He was born at Leinster, the Son of Murtagh, chief of the Murrays, in Castledermot, Kildare.  Taken hostage by King Dermot McMurrogh of Leinster in a raid, Laurence was surrendered to the bishop of Glendalough.  Laurence became a monk, and in 1161 was named archbishop of Dublin.  He was involved in negotiating with the English following their invasion of Ireland, and in 1172 convened a synod at Cashel.  He also attended the General Lateran Council in Rome in 1179, and was named papal legate to Ireland.  While on a mission to King Henry II of England, Laurence died at Eu, Normandy, France in 1180.  He was canonized in 1225.
He was buried in the Augustinian Abbey at Eu where his shrine still survives in the parish church.
A small bone from his hand was brought from Eu and placed in a shrine in our church of St.Laurence O'Toole.
About the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Dublin
Our Shrines
Our Shrines to the various Saints, Mother of God, and the angels... offer places to present your personal petition for whatever it is you ask intercession in your life.  Everyone is welcome to pray at one of our shrines and we will remember all who pass through our doors at our daily masses.
The various shrines and places to pray in the Church.
The Foundation Stone
A very generous businessman, Charles Kennedy, gifted the church in Dublin a triangular plot of land on the corner of Seville Place and Sheriff Street measuring 20,000 sqft in in size.
Kennedy also gifted the church more financial donations all of which led to the design and building of the church of St.Laurence O'Toole.
The Architect, Joseph B.Keane, built the church in Gothic style and dressed limestone.
Construction of the church started in 13th June 1844 and the opening ceremony took place on 24th June 1850 celebrated by Archbishop Murray.  It was in 1853 that the district of Seville Place was declared a separate parish and Fr.Michael Farrington was the first parish priest.
The main altar in the church is made of Carrara marble from Italy.
The building of the Church
Prayer to
St. Laurence O’Toole, man of peace,  you were in the middle of family and political conflict from your earliest days. Give the gift of peace and hope to all who experience the trauma of division in families, in communities and among nations.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer,  you recognised the call to serve the Lord  in a particular way at Glendalough. Give the gift of perseverance to all who are discerning their Christian vocation at this time.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of faith,  you had the openness to accept a position of leadership in your community at an early age. Bless our young people with a spirit of  generosity to offer themselves in the service  of the Gospel.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer,  you inspired people by your commitment to the spiritual life and the recitation of the  Prayer  of the Church. Fill us with that desire to pray in communion with each other throughout each day.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of faith,  you opened your heart and your doors to those who were poor. Increase our awareness of those in need and inspire us to act with  justice and charity at all times.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer,  you were respected for your commitment to your Church and to your country. Grant us  the grace to live in this world while always  reflecting the eternal values of the kingdom.
St. Laurence O’Toole, man of peace,  you gave your last ounce of energy in the cause of peace. Give us the gift of tirelessness as we try to live as instruments of Christ’s peace, love and tolerance.