In a historic move, Saint Joseph’s River Valley Church in south Dublin is being removed to a new location, according to the Irish Times.
The move comes after the former church of St Mary in Kildare was demolished last year and plans to build a new building on its site have been put on hold.
The former St Mary’s Church of Ireland was demolished in September 2014.
The church’s former congregation of around 300 was moved to a location a stone’s throw away from the existing church in Kippal Street.
The move comes in the wake of a spate of shootings in the area and the recent death of a man in a shooting in the Riverdale area.
The church’s current parishioners include a number of the church’s Irish Catholic community and its former parishioner, Peter O’Brien, died of a drug overdose in December 2016.
A statement from the parish said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the news and would be taking steps to ensure the future of the parishioning community.
“The Parish and the people of Saint Josephs are saddened to hear this news and will be working with the Parish and local community partners to make this possible,” it said.
The new site for the church is likely to include a new courtyard and some space for the parish priest, according the Irish News.
A new parishionery will be constructed on the site in a move that will see the new parish hall built adjacent to the current church.
The parish is currently under construction and the new building is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.
A number of parishionings in the city have been moved from the old church, which was built in 1390.