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Christ Church Presbyterian Church, Rathgar

RegionCo. Dublin - Dublin city
Uploaded byMatthew Breen
Builder(s)
Gray & Davison (Unknown date)
Unknown (Unknown date)

Christ Church Rathgar is one of the larger Presbyterian churches in Dublin, and is identical in design to its Dun Laoghaire counterpart. As both are built on a slope, they even have matching meeting rooms and halls beneath the churches themselves. One of the most noticeable differences between the two is the location of their organs. Rathgar's organ is positioned on the front wall behind the Communion table and features a less-than-imaginative "façade" of plain, painted pipes lined up in a "U" shape around the rose window. Dun Laoghaire's organ is located in the usual C of I position in the south transept, but features a true case with guilded pipes.

The Rathgar organ is a very substantial two manual, mechanical action instrument (electric action to the Pedal) with a versatile specification.
It has seen tonal changes and enhancements on two occasions, judging by the three styles of different engraving to be found on the stop-knobs. The first of these certainly took place during the "Organ Reform Movement". The new stops on the manuals went in place of previous ranks, while the Pedal gained ranks without losing any original stops.

Although the Pedal reed unit is somewhat unconvincing, the foundation work is warm, the mixtures are bright and the (manual) reeds are particularly brilliant in tone.

* = replaces a previous stop
+ = new addition

Great
Double Diapason 16
Open Diapason8
Claribel Flute 8
Octave Diapason 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Twelfth*2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Tierce*1 3/5
Mixture*II
Trumpet 8
 
Swell
Bourdon (bass)16
Double Diap. (treble)16
Open Diapason8
Lieblich Gedact8
Echo Gamba8
Voix Céleste (TC)8
Geigen Principal 4
Flageolet 2
Mixture*II
Cornopean 8
Oboe8
Tremulant
 
Pedal
Open Diapason (A)16
Bourdon (B)16
Octave+ (A)8
Bass Flute (B)8
Octave Flute+ (B)4
Krummhorn+ (C)16
Octave Krummhorn+ (C)8
 
Couplers
Swell to Great
Swell Octave
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
 
Composition Pedals
3 to Swell
3 to Great
Gt/Pd (non-reversible)