Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral

James Street , Kilkenny , Co. Kilkenny

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About Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral

Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral is located at James Street in Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

Built for Bishop William Kinsella and Bishop Edward Walsh to designs prepared by William Deane Butler (c.1794-1857), this is an excellent example of an Early English Gothic-style Catholic cathedral. It was built 1843-57, on a cruciform plan, possibly using Gloucester Cathedral as a source of inspiration. The original interior scheme completed by the firm of Earley and Powell survives substantially intact and is complemented by high quality craftsmanship from artists such as Nathaniel Westlake, the firm of Burke of London, James Pearse (father of Patrick Pearse (1879-1916)) and Edward Delaney.

Adjoining the cathedral is a Gothic Revival chapter house, built 1890-9, by William Henry Byrne (1866-1917) to designs prepared by William Hague (1836-99).

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