Churches and Cathedrals >1100

The Normans and the Cistercians changed Irish churches from using the rounded Romanesque arch to the pointed arch of the Gothic. This style continued to dominate church architecture until the Reformation (and then again in the 19th century). Many of our great Cathedrals have been heavily restored in the 19th century but these are still essentially Norman.

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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The ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croke Patrick  Murrisk Abbey in County Mayo was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 14562019-06-25T19:45:46+00:00

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 1180

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Includes one of Ireland's first Gothic arches & Game of Thrones location Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affreca in 1180 as an act [...]

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 11802019-06-26T06:41:36+00:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 1172

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One of Ireland's most historic buildings, The heart of a saint and Tom & Jerry Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings [...]

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 11722019-06-26T06:48:24+00:00

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1842

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The highest point in Kilkenny, 3 'official' names and A statue by Benzoni St Mary's Cathedral is located in Kilkenny City and is the highest point in the City with it's 186 foot [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 18422019-06-26T15:12:45+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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Ireland's first and most important Cistercian Abbey Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-26T16:49:20+00:00

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th century

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One of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres. St Ciaran was a young preacher [...]

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th century2019-06-27T06:51:59+00:00

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 1310

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Crusades, Norman warriors & Betrayal Templar's Church received its name from the Knights Templar, a brotherhood of monastic Norman warriors who originated during the crusades. After the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, [...]

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 13102019-06-27T10:28:23+00:00

St. Aengus’ Church , Burt. County Donegal 1967

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Regarded as a masterpiece of design and has been awarded 'Building of the Century' St. Aengus’s Church, Burt, County Donegal This stunning and timeless building is St. Aengus' Church located in Burt, co. [...]

St. Aengus’ Church , Burt. County Donegal 19672019-06-27T10:30:10+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

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William Marshall, A great storm & One of the richest Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Wexford The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002019-06-27T10:35:41+00:00

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1285

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The 2nd longest church in Ireland & The oldest building in Kilkenny St Canice's Cathedral was built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second longest in Ireland after St Patrick's Cathedral in [...]

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 12852019-06-27T10:45:41+00:00

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD

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The oldest and best preserved original features of any church in Dublin City St Audeon's Church is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190AD. It has the distinction of [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2019-06-27T10:58:00+00:00

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 1168

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The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City St Mary's Cathedral dates back to 1168 making it the oldest building in Limerick City predating King John's Castle. This was previously the site [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 11682019-06-27T12:51:03+00:00

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim 1817

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A church with a big view, Notable families & Game of Thrones Ballintoy or ‘Baile an Tuaigh’ means ‘the northern townland’ in Irish. This church is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour [...]

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim 18172019-06-27T13:15:51+00:00

St Alphonsus’ Church, Barntown. County Wexford 1851

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Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin - the foremost British architect of the 19th century St Alphonsus' Church is located in Barntown in county Wexford. It was built in 1851 to the designs of [...]

St Alphonsus’ Church, Barntown. County Wexford 18512019-06-27T16:16:07+00:00

St Eugene’s Cathedral. Derry City 1851

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Bells ring here every night at 9 pm as a reminder of the penal laws According to legend, Eugene was a monk from the Dublin area and foretold the coming of St Columba [...]

St Eugene’s Cathedral. Derry City 18512019-06-28T06:21:37+00:00

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 1843

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Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin - master architect of the 19th century St Aidan's Cathedral was designed by the famous Victorian architect Austus Welby Pugin (1812 – 1852). Pugin is remembered for his [...]

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 18432019-06-28T15:13:38+00:00

St Columba’s Church, The Long Tower. Derry City 1810

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St Columba, Bishop Hervey & A stunning interior Derry takes it's name from the Irish word 'doire' meaning oak grove. Oak groves were regarded as sacred places for the ancient Celts before Christianity [...]

St Columba’s Church, The Long Tower. Derry City 18102019-06-28T17:00:54+00:00

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 1838

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A french design, the K Club & the Barton and Guestierdue winery Straffan Parish Church was built in 1838 and takes it's architectural design from France. This connection was through the local Barton [...]

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 18382019-06-29T05:39:31+00:00

Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown, County Dublin 1825

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A Dublin church with Moorish & Gothic inspiration Monkstown Parish Church was originally built in 1789 but was re-modelled in 1825 by the famous architect John Semple. Its style is described as 'castellated [...]

Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown, County Dublin 18252019-06-29T07:27:46+00:00