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.

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 1465

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 Built under the patronage of Cormac MacCarthy The Kilcrea Friary is a medieval abbey located near Ovens in County Cork. It takes its name from a 6th-century saint named Cyra who is said to [...]

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 14652020-04-29T19:34:27+00:00

The Magdalene Tower, Drogheda. County Louth 1370

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This elegant Gothic belfry tower dates to 1370 and are the only remains of what was once the Dominican Friary of Saint Mary Magdalene. Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded a monastery [...]

The Magdalene Tower, Drogheda. County Louth 13702020-04-25T19:17:34+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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the ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croagh 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 14562020-05-08T09:13:43+00:00

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 1180

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

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 11802020-05-03T17:47:16+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 11722020-05-06T13:22:10+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 its 186-foot high [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 18422020-05-08T07:06:46+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 11422020-04-26T13:28:39+00:00

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries

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

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries2020-04-29T17:23:02+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 13102020-05-03T11:03:50+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

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A great storm & the promise of William Marshall  The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Marshal had set sail for Ireland on his [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002020-05-08T07:14:11+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 Dublin. [...]

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 12852020-05-08T07:12:35+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 being [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2020-05-05T12:27:15+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 11682020-05-06T15:00:45+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 harbor [...]

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim 18172020-04-26T15:07:01+00:00

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 1820

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The Plunkett's, Hugh de Lacy & A stunning new golf course The first castle on this site was built by Geoffrey de Cusack, an Anglo-Norman who came to Ireland with Hugh de Lacy. [...]

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 18202020-05-01T13:22:03+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 18512020-05-03T11:13:07+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 18512020-04-29T13:28:36+00:00

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 1843

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

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 18432020-05-04T12:18:22+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 its 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 18102020-04-29T13:56:18+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 inspiration from France. This connection was through the local Barton [...]

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 18382020-04-25T16:23:36+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-modeled in 1825 by the famous architect John Semple. Its style is described as 'castellated [...]

Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown, County Dublin 18252020-04-30T17:45:23+00:00
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