Sandymount residents secured a two week stay on the demolition of a 19th century Presbyterian church.

Residents of Tritonville Road in Dublin's Sandymount with the support of An Taisce have staged a public demonstration against the proposed demolition of a 19th century Presbyterian church.

Planning permission has been granted by Dublin Corporation to demolish the church so the site can be developed to provide residential units for the elderly.

The protesters believe the Presbyterian church situated on the corner of Sandymount Road and Tritonville Road is an important part of the local landscape. Valerin Yeaton of An Taisce agrees,

We’re talking about generations who have seen it as a focal point, and once it’s demolished that’s lost forever.

At a meeting between the church owners the Presbyterian Trust and protesters, it was decided to delay the development for two weeks. During this time funding will be sought to allow the building of the sheltered accommodation, while also conserving the church.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 August 1999. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.