Carlow Cathedral

College Street, Carlow, Co. Carlow

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About Carlow Cathedral

Carlow Cathedral is located at College Street in Carlow, Co. Carlow.

Carlow Cathedral was built between 1828-33 to replace a parish chapel which had become too small for the growing population of the town. It was among the first Catholic cathedrals consecrated following the act granting Catholic emancipation in 1829. The cathedral was built by Bishop James Doyle (known as JKL) and financed through public subscription. Bishop Doyle, viewed by many historians as the outstanding bishop of the 19th century, was a prominent social activist and a renowned and often controversial speaker on Catholic Emancipation to British Parliamentary committees.

The cathedral's architect was Thomas Cobden and it is generally regarded as his most outstanding church building.


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