This Gothic styled Cathedral was built in 1833 on the site of a penal church and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was designed mainly by Thomas A. Cobden (other works include Duckett’s Grove and The Browne-Clayton Monument) after being inspired by The Cloth Hall at Bruges in Belgium. The Cathedral’s magnificent tower and lantern to reach up 46 metres and are the highest point in the town. Inside, notable features are the main altar in the centre (which is made from Sicilian marble) and the exquisitely-carved oak pulpit (which was designed by C.J. Buckley of Youghal and made in Bruges in 1898).

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