On a street between St Stephen’s Green and St Patrick’s Cathedral, a pair of gold statues mark the entrance to Whitefriar Street Church. Run by the Carmelite community, the church and gift shop are filled with an abundance of religious statuary. It’s a quiet oasis in Dublin City Centre and welcomes a steady stream of devout visitors throughout the day.
A side altar houses something of special interest, the relics of St Valentine… yes, the guy who has the holiday named after him. There’s a notebook on hand to document special prayers from visitors, and a plaque states:
This shrine contains the sacred body of Saint Valentinus the Martyr, together with a small vessel tinged with his blood.
- Irish Province of the Order of Carmelites: Shrine of St Valentine
- Irish Historical Mysteries: St Valentine in Dublin
- Uptake: Visiting St. Valentine in Dublin
- Photo Credits: Corey Taratuta and A. Currell