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The Organ of St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin

Sincere thanks to Professor Stanley Monkhouse, organist of St Ann's, for this information

St Ann's Church in Dawson Street is one of the best-known churches in the centre of Dublin, and in addition to the regular programme of worship it is a frequent concert venue. The organ is in the west gallery. It was built originally by William Telford in 1834, and further work was carried out by the same firm in 1871, 1874, 1876, 1896, 1906, 1911 (water engine blowing replaced by an electric blower), 1917, 1925 (action converted to tubular pneumatic, and a new console replaced the old one) and 1943.

In a 1964 rebuild, the Irish Organ Company electrified the action, removed the attached console and replaced it with a new horseshoe-shaped one in the organ gallery. This console was moved in 1978 to the east end of the church, beside the choir stalls, where it still stands. Some stop changes were made in accordance with the fashion of the time and various unnecessary gadgets were installed. Further work by the Irish Organ company included the installation of a Discus fan blower in 1970 and a general cleaning and enlarging if the instrument in 1975. At present the electrics are unreliable, there are numerous loud wind leaks, and the pneumatic motors are beginning to cause trouble.

William Telford (Dublin), 1834, 1871, 1874, 1876, 1896, 1911, 1917, 1925 & 1943
Irish Organ Company, 1964, 1970 & 1975

Pedal Choir (manual I) Great (manual II) Swell (manual III)
Open diapason 16 Dulciana 8 Violone 16 Open diapason 8
Violone 16 (great) Lieblich gedackt 8 Open diapason 8 Stopped diapason 8
Bourdon 16 Wald flute 4 Open diapason 8 Echo gamba 8
Octave 8 (extension) Piccolo 2 Gedackt 8 Celeste 8
Bass flute 8 (extension) Mixture (12.17) II Principal 4 Principal 4
Superoctave 4 (extension) Larigot 1 1/3 Harmonic flute 4 Flautina 2
Trombone 16 (extension) Twentysecond 1 Twelfth 2 2/3 Mixture (15.19.22) III
Oboe 16 (swell) Oboe 8 (swell) Fifteenth 2 Contra oboe 16
Tromba 8 (great) Tromba 8 (great) Scharf (19.22.26) III Cornopean 8
Oboe 8 (swell) Octave tromba 4 (great) Tromba 8 Krummhorn 4
Tromba 4 (great) Choir octave Octave tromba 4 (extended) Swell octave
Oboe 4 (swell) Choir suboctave Swell to great Swell suboctave
Great to pedal Swell to choir Swell to great octave Tremulant
Swell to pedal Swell to choir octave Swell to great suboctave
Choir to pedal Swell to choir suboctave Choir to great
Tremulant (no mechanism) Choir to great octave
Choir to great suboctave

Accessories

  • 6 thumb pistons each to wwell, great & choir (great pistons also operate pedal stops)
  • 6 foot pistons to great and pedal, 6 to swell
  • All pistons adjustable by switches in pull out drawers)
  • Reversible thumb pistons to all unison couplers
  • Reversible thumb piston for pedal trombone
  • Reversible foot pistons for great to pedal, swell to pedal & pedal trombone
  • General cancel thumb piston
  • Balanced Swell pedal
  • Extensions

  • Great octave tromba 4 from tromba 8
  • Pedal octave 8 from open diapason 16
  • Pedal bass flute 8 from bourdon 16
  • Pedal superocave 4 from open diapason 16; metal treble
  • Pedal trombone 16 from great tromba 8
  • Wind Pressures

  • Great and pedal: 3 1/2 inches
  • Swell (including reeds): 3 3/4 inches
  • Choir: 3 inches
  • Trombone/tromba unit: 7 inches
  • Action: 7 and 9 1/2 inches
  • Further remarks

  • Great violone 16: small scale metal stop with beards - very stringy.
  • Great gedact 8: wood - "absolutely gorgeous."
  • Great scharf: badly designed and voiced - adds tinkle but no power.
  • Swell stopped diapason 8: wood, with inverted mouths - "lovely."
  • Swell echo gamba 8: not very stringy.
  • Swell mixture: very telling.
  • Swell krummhorn 4: from an old choir clarinet 8 - useless here.
  • Swell tremulant: gives up after a few seconds.
  • Choir lieblich gedact 8: wood.
  • Choir tremulant: there is a stop key, but no mechanism.
  • Pedal open diapason 16: wood.
  • Pedal bourdon 16: wood.

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    © Raymond O'Donnell, Galway, Ireland.
    This page was last updated on 12 October 1997.