Wednesday, 18 November 2009



On the site where the city of Cork was founded in 606 stands St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, itself built, or least finished, in 1870. But like any old building, the work goes on and it was getting a clean-up when I called yesterday.

The architect was William Burgess and he took advantage of a slight elevation to create a building that would be seen over much of the city. It is remarkable for design and workmanship. The gold angel on the east facing rear is well known to Corkonians as are the foolish virgins by the front door.

The inside too is well worth a visit – it costs just 3 euro . Look out for the pulpit, the revolving lectern (originally designed for Lille Cathedral), the mosaics on the ambulatory and the ceilings, the rose windows, the Bishop’s Throne (40 feet high), the plaques and coats of arms.

It is the diocesan cathedral of the Church of Ireland diocese of Cork and holds regular services (Sundays 8am, 11.15am and 7pm) which means that this site has been a place of continuous Christian worship for over 1400 years!
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