This image of the Pearse Lyons Distillery is certainly one of juxtaposition, old with new. 

The distillery acquired the old St James’s Church, which was derelict and neglected for many years, and brought it back to life. No easy task. 

Behind the church is its graveyard, dating back many centuries, with everyone from local dignitaries to the average person buried there. 

Indeed Pearse Lyons’s own ancestors are buried there. 

Unusually for the time, also people of mixed religion too. There are thousands of souls at rest in  the cemetery – all, I expect with great stories; some we will never know. 

I am an artist in my fifties with a bachelor’s degree in fine art, living in the Liberties, and I absolutely love the deeply rich history of the area. Nowhere else is like it. 

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