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Irish cathedrals

06 October 2015

1861 – Uncompleted Spire, St John’s Cathedral, Limerick

Architect: Philip Charles Hardwick Uncompleted tower and spire for St John’s Cathedral, Limerick. The spire was later completed, in 1883, to a different design by local architect, M.A. Hennessy. Described in The Dublin...

23 September 2015

1836 – St. Mary’s Cathedral, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Built in 1836, it was demolished in 1936 to make way for the new Christ the King Cathedral. Designed to accommodate 6000, dedicated 15 Aug 1836, architect unknown.

03 July 2015

1898 – Proposed Additions to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Architect: Sir Thomas Drew “The addition which are now contemplated are not without some connexion with its original scheme, uncompleted since its first design in the thirteenth century.” Designed by Sir Thomas Drew...

03 February 2015

1738 – St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Built to replace a decaying medieval cathedral, it retained the tower and spire of the old cathedral. Completed in 1738, it was demolished in 1865 to make way for the present cathedral by...

20 November 2013

1875 – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, John St., Sligo

Architect: George Goldie A massive exercise in a Norman style by English architect George Goldie. With a nave of 275 feet and a massive 200ft tower, it’s Goldie’s most dramatic work in Ireland....

26 May 2013

1934 – Design for National Cathedral, Merrion Square, Dublin

Architect: L.F. Dowling In 1930 the Archdiocese of Dublin bought the park in Merrion Square from the Fitzwilliam estate, intending to build a new cathedral. It never came to be, but several sketch...

25 March 2013

1358 – Long Choir, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

During the 1350s a major extension to the cathedral was undertaken by John de St Paul, Archbishop of Dublin. By 1358, the nave of the cathedral was partly in use for secular purposes...

09 March 2013

1833 – Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, Co. Carlow

Architect: Thomas A. Cobden The construction of Carlow Cathedral started in 1826 under the supervision of the architect Joseph Lynch who was succeeded by the architect Thomas Cobden in 1829 who changed the...

06 March 2013

1851 – Design for St. Mary’s (North) Cathedral, Cork

Architect: Sir John Benson A design for reconstruction comprising a new tower, lengthening of the nave, the insertion of stone mullioned windows and an arch on which a steeple was to rest. The...