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Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

RegionCo. Dublin - Dublin city
Uploaded byDavid O'Shea
Builder(s)
Unknown (Early 20th century?)
Gerry Smith (c. 1970)
Trevor Crowe Ltd (c. 1990)
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Corpus Christi Church was consecrated in 1941 and was originally equipped with an early electronic organ (possibly a Hammond), some of the machinery of which remains intact in two cabinets on the back wall of the west gallery. Around 1970 the church decided to purchase a second-hand pipe organ, which was apparently bought from Charleston Road Methodist Church, Ranelagh, and installed in Corpus Christi by Gerry Smith and Sam Wright. The original builder is unknown (various possible builders have been suggested), though much of the pipework is by Peter Conacher.

It is difficult to know what the instrument may have been like in its original form: it appears to have been a modest two-manual tracker instrument, which at some stage was converted to direct electric action with a detached console, though whether this was done before or after it was relocated to Drumcondra is uncertain. Having been installed on a limited budget, it did not function satisfactorily, though some remedial work (including some rather fine revoicing of the Great division) was carried out by Trevor Crowe circa 1990. However, the organ appeared not to have been maintained after that until the author had Stephen Adams inspect it in early 2008. On last inspection (in mid-2011) it was in a poor state of repair and awaits a major refurbishment.

Great
Large Open Diapason8
Hohl Flute8
Dulciana8
Principal4
Flute4
Twelfth2 2/3
Fifteenth2
 
Swell
Open Diapason8
Stopped Diapason8
Viol d'Orchestre8
Voix Celeste8
Principal4
Fifteenth2
CymbaleIII
Horn8
 
Pedal
Octave Diapason8
Bourdon16
Bass Flute8
 
Couplers
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Octave (Non-functional)
Swell Suboctave
Swell to Great Octave
Swell to Great Suboctave