The Newman Pulpit
The prominence of the high pulpit gives witness to the importance Newman placed on preaching and his hope that Dublin would become a centre of religion and learning like his beloved Oxford. It was here in this church that Newman gave the last of a series of lectures which eventually became his acclaimed book, “The Idea of a University.”
The high pulpit is held up by four pillars each of which depicts the name and symbol of one of the evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The pulpit features a stone staircase and alabaster balustrade leading to an enclosed marble preaching platform. A sounding board behind and over the pulpit helped to direct the preacher's voice to the assembly in the days before amplification.