Howth from Old Norse Hofuth
Binn ?adair (the hill of ?adar)
is the Irish name.
This church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was collegiate; that is, it was served by a college or community of clerics, one of whom had responsibility for liturgy within the church as well as for matters of business. The house where the community lived stands to the south of the church.
The earliest church here was built by Sitric, King of Dublin, in 1042. It was replaced around 1235 by a parish church, and then, in the second half of the 14th century, the present church was built.
The building was modified in the 15th and 16th centuries, when the gables were raised, a bell-cote was built and a new porch and south door were added. The St Lawrences of nearby Howth Castle also modified the east end to act as a private chapel; inside is the tomb of Christopher St Lawrence, 13th Baron of Howth, who died in 1462, and his wife, Anna Plunkett of Ratoath.
[Gaelic transcription follows]
Eaglais chol?isteach a bh? san eaglais seo a tiomna?odh don Mhaighdean Mhuire. Chiallaigh sin gur col?iste n? comhthion?l cl?ireach a d'fhreastail uirthi agus go raibh duine amh?in d?obh freagrach as an liot?irge san eaglais chomh maith le c?rsa? gn?. Ar an taobh ? dheas den eaglais at? teach c?naithe an chomhthion?il.
Sitric, R? Bhaile ?tha Cliath, a th?g an ch?ad eaglais ar an su?omh seo i 1042. T?gadh eaglais phar?iste ina h?it timpeall 1235, agus sa dara leath den 14? c?ad t?gadh an eaglais at? ann faoi l?thair.
Rinneadh athruithe ar an bhfoirgneamh sa 15? agus sa 16? c?ad nuair a arda?odh na beanna, t?gadh cloglann, agus p?irse, agus rinneadh an doras ? dheas. D'athraigh muintir St Lawrence as Caisle?n Bhinn ?adair in aice l?imhe, ceann thoir na heaglaise freisin chun s?ip?al pr?obh?ideach a dh?anamh inti. T? tuama Christopher St. Lawrence, an 13? bar?n, a fuair b i 1462, agus a-mhn? Anna Pluinc?id as R?th T? ann.