The Freeman’s Journal of 5th July 1920 declared:
‘RATHMINES CHURCH REOPENED’
The Solemn reopening of the Church of Our Lady of Refuge, Rathmines took place yesterday with fitting solemnity. The beautiful edifice was destroyed by fire last January, very little beyond it’s bare walls being saved. With characteristic generosity and promptness the Catholics of the Parish and of the City set themselves to the duty of repairing the effects of the devastation and the result of a public meeting was that a large sum was subscribed. His Grave the Archbishop headed the list of subscriptions with one of £1,000.