Saint Patrick’s Cathedral RC

The twin spired Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral dominates the Armagh skyline from it’s hilltop location. It was built to replace the medieval St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was retained by the Church of Ireland since the Protestant Reformation.
Work on the construction of the Cathedral began on St Patrick’s Day 1840 and wasn’t finished until the 24th August 1873.
The Cathedral underwent major renovation in the early 1980’s when changes were made to the high altars, Beakey’s pulpit, the rood screen, McAdorey’s choir stalls, and the 1875 Telford organ. The marble high altar, two side altars with their respective reredoses, pulpit and rails were removed.
Further renovations were made in 2003 when the tabernacle with the archbishop’s throne were replaced.
The organ of Armagh Cathedral was built by the renowned organ builder William Telford in 1875. In 1987, the organ was rebuilt, enlarged and tonally enhanced and currently has four manuals and 58 stops.
Mass is said every day in the cathedral.

"Beautiful building with lots of period features and sweeped in history. Great view from outside build to. "

By Helen Muldrew

10 Feb 2017

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