Churches & Cathedrals

One of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland

Clonmines, Bannow Bay. County Wexford        14th - 16th centuries Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New [...]

St Brigid’s High Cross – Ireland’s first Spice Girl

St Bridget's High Cross is located in Kildare Town. co.Kildare. It dates somewhere between the 9th to the 12th century and stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget's Cathedral. The cross is [...]

The House of Tua, 2 buildings separated by a 1000 years & Ultan the Silent

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century. This place derives its name from 'Teach Tua', meaning 'House of Tua'. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the [...]

Ireland’s last hermit

The Anchorite Cell Chapel, Fore, County Westmeath This little church is known as The Anchorite Cell Chapel and is part of the Fore Abbey complex. The original monastery here was founded by St Feichin in [...]

One of Ireland’s most historic buildings, A heart of a saint and Tom & Jerry

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. This location was chosen by Sitric Silkbeard, the first Christian [...]

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 high tower. Before the arrival of Cromwell in 1650 the Catholic congregation of Kilkenny celebrated mass [...]

St Bridget, an art school and a hidden Sheela-Na-Gig

St Bridget's Cathedral is located in Kildare Town in county Kildare. It was built c.1230 on the same site that St Brigid founded her nunnery in the 5th century a.d. It is believed that Brigid’s [...]

One of Ireland’s most iconic buildings

This National Monument is the Gallarus Oratory. It is located near Gallarus on the Dingle Peninsula in co. Kerry and is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings. It's simple and stunning shape has been compared [...]

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 from Roscommon who in 545 a.d convinced the local [...]

Crusades, Norman warriors and betrayal

Templar's Church is located in Templetown, co.Wexford and dates from 1310. It received its name from the Knights Templar, a brotherhood of monastic Norman warriors who originated during the crusades. After the Norman invasion of [...]

Regarded as a masterpiece of design and 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. Donegal. It was built in 1967 and was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr [...]

The 2nd longest church in Ireland & The oldest structure in Kilkenny

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City St Canice's Cathedral was built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second longest in Ireland after St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The Round Tower stands 100-feet tall and is [...]

An eclectic mix of architectural styles, St Patrick & the Cardinal’s Hats

The Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick's is located in Armagh City. This was a former site near where St Patrick himself was reputed to have built a church in 445 a.d inside a ringfort on [...]

The oldest bell, tower and original features of any church in Dublin City

This National Monument is St Audeon's Church. It is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190 a.d. It has the distinction of being the only medieval parish church, retaining any original [...]

The largest Cathedral in Ireland and reputedly it’s earliest Christian site

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Wood Quay, Dublin City St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and is also reputed to be its earliest Christian site. Unusually, Dublin has two cathedrals belonging to the Church [...]

A short round tower on holy ground, St Patrick and The Pope

Turlough Round Tower stands on a hillside overlooking the gardens for the National Museum of Country Life. This national monument dates to the c.9th century and is odd looking as it has a lower and [...]

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, 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 of a Viking meeting [...]

One of the best preserved medieval churches in Ireland

Adare Augustinian Friary is located in the historic village of Adare in co.Limerick. It was founded in 1316 and was formerly known as 'The Black Abbey' because of the black habits worn by the Augustinian [...]

One of our country’s most beautiful churches & Ireland’s Taj Mahal

Kylemore Abbey Church is located in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey in co.Galway. This little church is  regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland and has one the finest interiors. It was [...]

A leading Irish architect & a village with no centre

This beautiful church, built in 1826 was designed by the famous Dublin architect John Semple. Semple was the leading architect in Dublin during the 1820's and 1830's. Many of his designs are in the 'late [...]

A church with a view, Notable families & Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim           1813 Ballintoy or ‘Baile an Tuaigh’ means ‘the northern townland’ in Irish. This church is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour in one of the most scenic locations on [...]

An ancient shrine to St Columba, a Norman effigy and a great pint nearby

Skreen Church, the Hill of Skryne, County Meath Skreen is situated on a hill with stunning views over much of county Meath and towards the Hill of Tara. An earlier church at this location reputedly [...]

Viking grave stones, a Celtic Cross & Continental pottery

Kilgobbin Church is located in the village of Stepaside on the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It was built in 1707 on an ancient pre-Norman site where a wooden church would have stood. It is [...]

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 Augustus Welby Pugin- the foremost British architect of the 19th century. He was also an extraordinarily [...]

A beautiful church where Paul Henry – Ireland’s greatest landscape artist lies

St Patrick's Parish Church is located in Enniskerry village in county Wicklow. It was commissioned by Mervynn Wingfield 7th Earl of Powerscourt in 1859 in response to the Protestant population of the village not having [...]

Nuns, The Knights Templar & Cromwell wrecking the place (yet again!)

Baldongan Church & Castle are located between the towns of Lusk & Skerries in north county Dublin. This national monument was once the site of an ancient fort. This was followed by a church built [...]

A Dublin landmark dome originally destined for St Petersburg

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Church is located in Rathmines in Dublin City. This impressive church was built in 1854 designed by Patrick Byrne in the Greek Style and was later extended by W.H. Byrne [...]

St Eugene’s bells ring 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 who in the 6th century a.d. founded a monastery in Derry. By the 12th century this had [...]

The original site of St Columba’s Monastery

St Augustine's Church, Society Street, Derry City St Augustine’s Church was built in a Gothic style in 1872 is locally known as 'The wee church on the walls'. Derry is one of the oldest continuously [...]

A modern masterpiece of design based on St Peter’s fishing boat

The Church of All Saints, Newtowncunningham, County Donegal This beautifully designed Catholic Church was built in 1999 at a cost of €1.2 million. The design is based on St Peter's fishing boat (or barque) as [...]

A Norman knight’s tomb, A 13th century abbey & An ogham stone

Thomastown is a beautiful small town located in county Kilkenny It was founded in the 13th century by an Anglo-Norman mercenary from Wales, Thomas FitzAnthony and replaced the the earlier Irish settlement of Grennan. The [...]

Clerics, Norman tombs & Beautiful medieval carvings

This national monument is St Mary's Church located in the village of Gowran in county Kilkenny. The church was served by a college of clerics who lived in a community but who did not submit [...]

Inspired by The Cloth Hall at Bruges, a magnificent tower & a European wide audience

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. This was the second Catholic Cathedral to be built [...]

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 pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style and was an extraordinarily gifted artist who [...]

Over 1000 years of architecture in one building, medieval tombs & an interesting heritage centre

St Macculin's Church, Lusk, County Dublin St Macculin’s Church is an interesting building comprising of a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower and a 19th century church. Lusk derives its name from [...]

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 arrived. This area was originally a small wooded island surrounded [...]

The 1st Cathedral built in the British Isles after the Reformation & Derry’s oldest surviving building

St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Derry City St Columb's Cathedral was built in 1633 at the highest point in Derry City on the site of a former Cistercian Nunnery. It is Derry's oldest surviving building [...]

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 family who built the nearby K-Club. Thomas Barton, originally from Buttevant in Co. Cork [...]

The last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe

he Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas is more commonly known as Galway Cathedral. This site, on the banks of the Corrib River was originally the site of the old city [...]

Mid America or South Dublin ?

Our Lady of the Wayside Church is located in Kilternan in south county Dublin. This beautiful little building is locally known as the Blue Church after it's marian colour. It was built in 1929 entirely [...]

Dublin’s Gaudi church

Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown. County Dublin         1825 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 Gothic with Moorish [...]

St Stephen’s Church, Mount Street Cresent. Dublin City – 1824

This Dublin gem is St Stephen's Church. It was built in 1824 and is fondly known as 'The Pepper Canister' or the 'Pepper Pot Church'. It was originally designed by John Bowden but was completed, [...]

St Mura, the O’Neills & the HMS Laurentic

St Mura's Parish Church is located in the beautiful village of Fahan in co.Donegal. It dates from 1820 and takes it's name from a local saint, Mura, who was a relative of St.Columba. Mura is [...]

A pre-fabricated church, Odlums & Wolfe Tone

This very unusual church is a pre-fabricated structure consisting of a metal exterior and a beautiful wooden interior. The church was consecrated in 1973 however the structure dates from 1924. It was purchased and brought [...]

The oldest structure in Derry

This is St Brecan's Church located in St Columb's Park and is reputed to be the oldest building in Derry. It was built by Redmond O'Gallagher (the Bishop of Derry) circa 1600. St Brecan was [...]

A church and a castle, John Semple & The wild Irish

St Maelruan's Church located in the most historic part of Tallaght was designed by the famous Dublin architect, John Semple. Christian worship has continued on this site for over 1200 years since St Maelruan founded [...]

Ireland’s most impressive and beautiful monastic settlement

St Kevin's Church, Glendalough. County Wicklow      c. 12th century This national monument is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and dates from the 12th century. St Kevin's was born in 498 into a [...]

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