Monday, 8 February 2010


Have attended a few funerals recently in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne (better known as the North Cathedral). The harsh stone of the outside indicates a similar interior but that, at least nowadays, is not the case, the inside being bright and airy.

The church itself was commenced in 1808 but a later fire meant the interior had to be re-modelled in 1828 and GR Pain’s work has been described as “one of the country’s finest examples of a Florid Gothic Style of architecture”.

It is the chief Catholic church of the city and Bishop Cornelius Lucey, one of its most famous bishops, is buried in the grounds. The church holds records of baptisms and marriages going back to 1748.

It is close to St Anne’s of Shandon and on most bus tours and may also be found by following the very interesting Shandon Walk (available in the tourist office in Grand Parade).

Check out my review and of Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne - I am cork - on Qype

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